In exchange for giving up her dreams of being an actress to become a business major in college, Lucy’s father has funded a backpacking through Europe trip.
Desperate to soak in as much culture and beauty from a trip that traded away her aspirations, Lucy finds herself absolutely besotted with Florence, Italy.
…Not to mention a certain handsome traveling street musician named Jesse Palladino.
Before long, Lucy is swept into a whirlwind summer romance that feels like more – though Lucy steels her heart as much as she can.
After all, she has to return home. She has to go to college and take business courses.
She has to be practical.
But are their feelings more than a vacation fling?
Yet again, I am impressed with Lindner’s ability to create just the right atmosphere.
In Jane and Catherine she had that gothic vibe mixed with a contemporary setting – here we have a fantastic sense of Italy and traveling. Her descriptions are lush without being too much – I could almost imagine I was in Florence!
Lucy is a likable, nice character that is trying to respect her father’s wishes but cannot help but be saddened by the loss of her true interests in acting and singing. There’s realism there, as with the current economy a lot of people have to make that choice.
Here, though, with the addition of some engrossing romance, we get to see practicality meet with some compromise – and a couple of believable people fall for each other in the meantime!
Love, Lucy was a very fast, captivating read – I cared about Lucy and found the story easy to read (a.k.a. gobble up).
Plus, there was a subtle little tie-in to Jane that made me smile!
Really a great, enjoyable novel to look out for in early 2015!
*I received a review copy of Love, Lucy free of charge from NOVL in order to write an honest review.