The Summer Villa

The Summer Villa

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'Thoroughly enjoyable...sparkling with glamour, romance and suspense' Anna McPartlin, bestselling author of The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes

'If you need some escapism, this lovely read set on Italy's Amalfi Coast is the ideal pick'

Good Housekeeping

'This escapist read is not only packed with Italian sunshine and charming warmth, but also a strong sense of friendship'

Woman & Home

'This wonderful literary tale of rekindled friendship will transport you to the delights of a summer in Italy'

My Weekly

'A feel-good novel about family, friendship and love'


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Three women. One summer reunion. Secrets will be revealed...

Villa Dolce Vita, a rambling stone house on the Amalfi Coast, sits high above the Gulf of Naples amidst dappled lemon groves and the fragrant, tumbling bougainvillea. Kim, Colette and Annie all came to the villa in need of escape and in the process forged an unlikely friendship.

Now, years later, Kim has transformed the crumbling house into a luxury retreat and has invited her friends back for the summer to celebrate.

But as friendships are rekindled under the Italian sun, secrets buried in the past will come to light, and not everyone is happy that the three friends are reuniting... Each woman will have things to face up to if they are all to find true happiness and fully embrace the sweet life.

An epic summer read about food, friendship and the magic of Italy, perfect for fans of Jill Mansell and Sheila O'Flanagan.

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More praise for The Summer Villa:

'Its beautiful descriptions of the gorgeous settings make this novel the escapism we all need now'

Woman's Weekly

'[A] blissful getaway'

Sunday Post




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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 24mm | 270g
  • HQ
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0008217181
  • 9780008217181
  • 99,742

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'Three evocative journeys from heartbreak to hope, bolstered by female friendship and set against the irresistible backdrop of a villa on the Amalfi Coast: what's not to love?'
Roisin Meaney

'We're all looking for some escapism right now, so join Kim, Colette and Annie as they have a reunion at Villa Dolce Vita on the picturesque Amalfi coast'


'I was completely gripped'
Sarah Morgan

'Emotional and cleverly crafted with well-drawn characters.' The People

'Another great read from the best-selling Irish author'
Hello magazine

'This emotive story will touch your heart'
My Weekly
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About Melissa Hill

Melissa Hill lives in Co. Wicklow with her husband and daughter.

A USA Today and No. 1 Irish Times and Italian best-seller, her books are translated into 25 different languages. One of her titles has been optioned for a movie by a major Hollywood studio, and another is currently in development for TV with a top US production company. Visit her website at or contact her on Twitter @melissahillbks, or melissahillbooks on Facebook and Instagram.
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