#BookReview: The Villa of Dreams by Lucy Coleman

Hi all,

I’m back with a review of Lucy Coleman’s new book, The Villa of Dreams! A big thank you to Rachel over at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this tour and to Lucy Coleman, Boldwood Books and NetGalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.



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

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 have 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.




This is a lovely book for some armchair escapism, especially given that it was snowing whilst I was reading this! The glorious weather and detailed description of sunny Portugal were wonderful to read and thoroughly immersive.

Having read Coleman’s books previously, I had high hopes for this book and felt a tad disappointed honestly. I usually feel absorbed into her books immediately and I didn’t feel as though I could connect with the protagonist, Seren. I’m not sure exactly what was missing compared to her other books, but it just didn’t feel as enthralling!

Overall, this is an emotional read about following your dreams that will whisk you away on some lovely armchair travel!

About the author

Lucy Coleman is a #1 bestselling romance writer, whose recent novels include Summer in Provence and Snowflakes over Holly Cove. She also writes under the name Linn B. Halton. She won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award and lives in the Welsh Valleys.




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