A Life by Design + Giveaway

Book Description:

When 20-year-old Elena Allegro leaves the Italian village of Laurino to study Fashion Design in Milan, she’s certain her dreams are about to come true. Despite her father’s warnings that risk comes with her newfound freedom, she loves her studies and develops a love interest with Francesco, the handsome young entrepreneur who offers her a part-time job in a Milan clothing store.

It seems like an idyllic situation—until a stalker targets Elena, tormenting her with mind games and threatening her safety. In the face of escalating danger to herself and to Francesco, Elena must fight for her freedom, her love, and her survival.

My Review

This is my first introduction to author Lucy Appadoo. I really liked the location. Although, I have never been to Italy, I felt like I had been transported to Milan. Ms. Appadoo really did a wonderful job of the descriptions of the location and the characters. Speaking of the characters; they were good. I did connect with them but I didn't experience that strong, strong emotional connection. Well except for Elena and Francesco's relationship. Francesco did not pressure Elena. He let her move at her own pace. Elena's friend, Isabella was kind. They were like kindred souls navigating a new place together.

Instantly, I got the stalker vibes from Angelo. However, he may have been too aggressive but he was not the stalker. When it came to the stalker, there was a bit of a mystery. One that I did not figure out sooner than the story allowed. On a scale of 1-10 for intensity I would rate this book a 6. Overall, I enjoyed this book enough that I would read more books from this author.

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Meet the Author:

Lucy is an author of romantic suspense, historical fiction/coming of age, short story thrillers, and non-fiction books. She is also a Registered Counsellor/Wellness Coach, and works as a Rehabilitation Counsellor for the Australian Government.

Lucy enjoys reading romantic suspense, romance, thrillers, crime novels, family/historical drama, and sagas. She has enjoyed travelling to exotic places such as Madrid, Mauritius, and Italy, and draws on these experiences in her creative writing.

Lucy’s favourite authors include Kendra Elliot, Christiane Heggan, Theresa Ragan, Tara Moss, Nicholas Sparks, Adriana Trigiani, Erica Spindler, and James Patterson (to name a few).

Lucy’s interests include meditation, exercising, journal writing, reading fiction and nonfiction texts about writing, coaching, and counselling, ongoing professional development, spending time with her husband and two daughters, and socialising with friends and family.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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traveler said…
Thanks for this captivating and intriguing novel which I would enjoy greatly.
Unknown said…
Thank you for your kind comment. I do hope you get to read A Life By Design.
Unknown said…
Thank you, Cheryl for your generous review. I'm glad you enjoyed the story, and take on board your other comments. Greatly appreciated.


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