Judith D Collins
By: Anita Hughes
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 8/1/2017
My Rating: 4 Stars Lily Bristol arrives at a luxurious resort in Sardinia for the grand opening of her newest home furnishing store on the Emerald Coast. She’s a successful business woman with an international chain of stores from San Francisco to Milan. Thirty-two and newly divorced, she’s ready to handle things on her own. At least until her private butler, Enzo, escorts her to a beautiful suite where she notices a suspiciously familiar pair of men’s slippers and shaving kit.Lily is horrified. Her ex-husband Oliver moved out of their restored Connecticut farmhouse six months ago, but they booked this trip when they were trying to save their marriage and never cancelled the reservation. Oliver, a food critic for the New York Times, is here covering Sardinia’s hottest new restaurant. The only other available room is the adjoining suite; and worse, Oliver isn’t alone. He’s brought a twenty-something named Angela with him.
Lily is determined to make do and enlists Enzo to find her a suitable man. But it’s not as easy to find new love as they both expected. When Lily and Oliver find themselves alone on a very important night, they turn to each other. Sparks begin to fly, but can they be together without breaking each other’s hearts?
Set on the glamorous Italian island, Emerald Coast is a touching and humorous story about marriage and the difficulty of finding love and happiness at the same time.
"Hughes’ uplifting tour of past love and future endeavors, set in a dreamy getaway of excitement and self-discovery, makes for an ideal, quick beach read."―Booklist
"Emerald Coast is a beautiful, compelling beach read, a curl-up-in-bed read, an everywhere read. You will be transported." ―Sheila Weller, New York Times bestselling author of Girls Like Us
"Emerald Coast delivers a sexy, sunlit, romantic escape, whisking the reader to the picturesque town of Porto Cervo, with all the tastes, sights, and feelings that accompany a glamorous seaside holiday ― a great summer read!" ―Amy Poeppel, author of Small Admissions
"Captivating right down to its fresh, unexpected ending, Emerald Coast is a gem of a novel. No other writer combines love and exotic locales like Anita Hughes." ―Camille Pagán, bestselling author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences.
About the Author
Photo by Sheri Geoffreys
Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia and had a charmed childhood that included petting koala bears, riding the waves on Bondi Beach, and putting an occasional shrimp on the barbie. Her writing career began at the age of eight, when she won a national writing contest in THE AUSTRALIAN newspaper, and was named "One of Australia's Next Best Writers." (She still has the newspaper clipping.)
She received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Bard College, and attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing program.
Her debut novel MONARCH BEACH was released in June 2012, followed by MARKET STREET and LAKE COMO in 2013. FRENCH COAST and ROME IN LOVE were released in 2015.
ISLAND IN THE SEA: A MAJORCA LOVE STORY and SANTORINI SUNSETS and her first holiday novel, CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, were released in 2016.
WHITE SAND, BLUE SEA: A ST BARTS LOVE STORY is coming on April 11th, 2017, followed by EMERALD COAST on August 1st, 2017 and CHRISTMAS IN LONDON on October 3rd, 2017.
She lives in Dana Point, CA with her family, where she interrupts her writing to watch the glorious sunsets. Read More