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on Dec. 14, 2011 :
For the ultimate in "post breakup recovery" stories, pick up a copy of Candles on the Sand. In this contemporary romance novel, Stephens tells the story of Anna, an English woman who finds herself running to Italy after discovering her fiance cheating on her with her own friend! A strained relationship with her mother sends her over the tipping point and, just two months before her intended nuptials, Anna's starting a brand new life in another country. Quite by accident, too!
A series of truly fortunate events helps her to establish a new home, many new friends, and even sparks a new flame... one she isn't sure whether to tender or not, given how jaded she now is about love. But Dante isn't just any other guy. Rather, he's a tall, dark, and handsome Italian who certainly wants to spend a lot of time with her. Oh, and he's also technically her boss. So... oops.
In Candle on the Sand, Stephens weaves an involved tale with lots of nice, neat ends tied up for the reader. You'll truly fall in love with these characters and quite possibly the setting of Anna's new life in Italy. I know I want to visit! Thanks to a well-told tale full of humor, poignant moments, and real emotion, this book stands out among the women's fiction and romance I've read (or devoured) lately. Pick up a copy for something heartwarming that's sure to life your spirits!
Read the full review at Love on the Bookshelf! --> http://loveonthebookshelf.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/review-candles-on-the-sand/
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 27, 2011 :
I usually don't read 'chick lit' but found that I couldn't put this book down. The vivid descriptions of the Italian villages made me feel like I was far away from the cold winter weather of Melbourne. I found the character's quite engaging and look forward to more news of their new found lives.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)