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The Secrets of Villa Rosso by Linn B. Halton

Posted on the 04 August 2017 by Bubblebathbooks
The Secrets of Villa Rosso by Linn B. Halton When Ellie Maddison is sent on a business trip to Southern Italy, she's reminded why she loves her job - set amongst rolling vineyards and rich olive groves, the beautiful Villa Rosso is the perfect escape from her life back home. But what Ellie isn't prepared for is the instant connection she feels to the estate's director Max Johnson, or the secrets they share that are as intertwined as the rambling vines that cover Villa Rosso. It's not long before Ellie finds herself entangled in the history of the place, trying to understand the undeniable effect Max is having on her. As their relationship grows, what will Ellie discover about this idyllic villa and those who have walked through its doors? What started as a simple work trip will change Ellie's life forever.

What could be better than a trip to Southern Italy? Italy is totally on my bucket list, you know. Vineyards and olive groves and romantic villas sound amazing! Unfortunately for our heroine, Ellie, her trip is, or should be, all about business. But then she meets Max...

But Josh is her soulmate! And her how can she have a connection with Max? That is a question that is answered in a few different ways in The Secrets of Villa Rosso. I'm not sure which one of those is the true answer, but the explanations are far more beyond the normal than you might expect. I loved the descriptions of Castrovillari, Italy and their contrast with Ellie and Josh's typical English home. Do you choose lovely soulmate and staid England or beautiful Italy and hot Max? (Is Max hot?)

He sounded pretty handsome to me! Now before you get all concerned that Ellie does dumb things that will ruin her marriage, never fear. When she says that Josh is her soulmate, she means it. And she does everything she can to distance herself from Max. But there's a twisty little secret about Max's fiancee that Ellie happens to stumble upon and it really does change everything. This part of the plot was so interesting to me - I really enjoyed how Linn Halton wove it in amongst all the other threads of the story.

That was also my favorite part of the story. Max and Ellie's otherwordly relationship made The Secrets of Villa Rosso unique amongst contemporary fiction. And although other reviewers found the ending to be poignant, I was mad at it.

Me too. I AM glad, however, that important relationships stay intact. I want to say more on this but Sissy says SPOILERS so I won't. If you're looking for a vividly descriptive, interesting and thought-provoking novel that is different from the usual women's fiction fare, The Secrets of Villa Rosso is the book for you.

Linn B. Halton's writing has a wealth of depth and dimension. She seamlessly combines romance and mystery with a touch of paranormal in the most eloquent way. I'm so glad we had a chance to force Bubby out of her usual fluffy brainless summer reads and into something that would make her think!

Hey! I resemble that remark!

No more writing. This blog post is finished. Now go and read The Secrets of Villa Rosso, y'all!

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