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Publisher's Summary

Seren Maddison left behind a rainy Britain to follow her dreams and live and work in Lisbon. 

The vibrancy, the beautiful scenery and the sunshine, made her fall in love and she knew, instantly, that it would be her forever home.

International artist Reid Henderson has homes in Lisbon and London. Following his painful divorce, his dream is to turn his luxurious home into an art school and gallery.

When Seren and Reid first meet, there is an instant attraction, but they are both people who have been hurt and each has dreams that are so far apart, they aren’t even on the same page. 

Can they enjoy one summer of happiness together, as life bestows a gift of memories to cherish for the rest of their lives? Or is their destiny to chart a path into the future, in a home where dreams can come true?

Seren and Reid may be about to discover that love is as much about what you are prepared to give up as what you are prepared to keep hold of.

Let Lucy Coleman transport you away to sun-drenched Portugal where true love really can conquer all and home is where the heart is. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley, Holly Martin and Sue Moorcroft. 

©2020 Lucy Coleman (P)2020 Boldwood Books

Critic Reviews

"Beautifully written, comforting and utterly uplifting, Lucy Coleman’s stories are the perfect tonic when life is a little grey." (Holly Martin) 

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  • Michael Wild
  • 20-02-21

Don't blame the reader, it isn't her fault.

Too many words looking for a story. There is an 'I've been to Lisbon and this is what I saw' factor that is the main feature. There is a whole chapter on buying Pasteis de Nata and a lot of garbled nonsense about an planned event that sounds really gross. The romance weaves through it like a pulled thread on a pair of leggings.... Should I continue?
This is one of the most boring books that I've read.

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  • Carolyn
  • 15-02-21

Slow start but worth the read.

I struggled with this initially. I thought it took time to get going and at times I felt like I was reading a guide book for Lisbon. However the story does unfold well and picks up in the second half. Beautifully narrated and does evoke a sense of the city.