STORY: Hallie Elliot has a perfect life. She is an up-and-coming interior designer in one of San Francisco’s most sought after firms, and has just recently become engaged to Peter, a brilliant young journalist. But when she stumbles upon Peter and her boss in what seems to be a compromising position, her trust in her perfect life is shaken.
So Hallie escapes to Lake Como, Italy to spend time with her half-sister, Portia Tesoro, an Italian blueblood dealing with the scandal of a public estrangement from her cheating husband. While staying in the Tesoro villa, Hallie falls in love with the splendor and beauty of Lake Como, and finds work designing the lakeside estate of a reclusive American tech mogul. The caretaker of this beautiful estate is a handsome man named Angus, and Hallie finds herself drawn to his charm and kindness, despite hints of a dark secret in his past.
But just as Hallie is beginning to find her footing on Italian soil, she uncovers a family secret that upends all the truths she’s believed about herself, and calls into question the new life she’s built in Lake Como.
Sisterhood, family, career, and sumptuous descriptions of Italian life fill the pages of this newest offering by Anita Hughes. Lake Como is a heartbreaking and heartwarming story of love, self-discovery, and the quest for truth.
Love, sisterhood, and sumptuous descriptions of la dolce vita fill the pages of Anita Hughes’ Lake Como, a heartwarming story of romance, self-discovery, and the quest for truth.
REVIEW: Hallie is an interior designer working for a firm owned and run by the well-known designer, Kendra, in the city of San Francisco. Her live-in boyfriend, Peter, is a well-known journalist. Both are quite happy in their relationship until one day Hallie discovers Peter and Kendra embracing at a cocktail party. While Peter tells her it was innocent and he was just helping Kendra as she had too much to drink, Hallie is not buying it. That’s when she decides to take some time off and visit her half-brother and sister who live in an exquisite villa on Lake Como in Italy.
Before Hallie was born, her mother had fled the villa leaving her husband and two children behind. She was unable to live under the rule of her mother-in-law which was common at that time. Hallie had been told that she was the result of a brief liaison with a man with whom her mother had an affair. Her mother never returned to Italy, instead residing in San Francisco to be near her wealthy socialite mother, Constance. However, her two children were allowed to visit with her in San Francisco every year for a short time. While Hallie had her mother and grandmother in her life as she was growing up, she missed having a father.
In Lake Como, Hallie finds that her sister, Portia, is estranged from her husband for infidelity. Portia has decided she wants a divorce. Her brother, Marcus however, is happily married and his wife is expecting a baby. Hallie enjoys her time at the villa, but feels as though she needs to get back to work. When she happens upon a gorgeous villa filled with beautiful antiques but in need of some design work, she asks the caretaker, Angus, to convince the elusive owner to allow her to work on several rooms. When her request is approved, Hallie is thrilled to be working at what she loves while continuing to live in this beautiful area.
Hallie and Angus begin to spend time together and when Angus kisses her, she finds she is so conflicted about her feelings for Peter and her growing feelings for Angus. But when Hallie finds that Angus is not who she thought he was, her life goes into a tail-spin.
This is a story about a very wealthy Italian family with all of its trappings. It reminded me of a Danielle Steel novel where everyone is wealthy and beautiful. The descriptions of the area, homes, people and food are perfectly portrayed.
I enjoyed the novel and I’m sure it would make a great book to read especially while relaxing in a resort area if one is lucky enough to do so.
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