Book Review - The Secrets of Villa Rosso by Linn B. Halton

Escape to Italy for a summer romance to remember.

The Secrets of Villa Rosso
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Genre: Romantic Mystery
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: eBook - 21 July 2017 | paperback - 5 October 2017
ISBN-13: 9780008261283

"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."


Those of you who remember me from my Me, My Books and I days will know that I'm a big fan of Linn B. Halton's writing, so naturally I jumped at the chance of getting stuck into her latest book ahead of the release date.

I quickly sank into the storyline with Linn's familiar writing style and psychic/spiritual scenes sparking my imagination. Ellie and Josh were such a lovely couple, reading about their life together put a big smile on my face.

A work task took Ellie away from her family to Italy, more specifically Villa Rosso, and it was here that her life began to change. Was fate responsible for the situation she found herself in?

Italy was warm and inviting, much like the authors writing - I could almost feel the warm sunshine and breathe in the fragrant scents. I felt like I was right there alongside Ellie as she explored the unfamiliar surroundings. However, there was something or someone who seemed familiar to her and I couldn't wait to find out what it all meant.

The air of mystery surrounding Max intrigued me and left me feeling a little bit suspicious of him. I couldn't decide if he was too good to be true or just genuinely good. The truth surprised me.

There were a couple of moments that actually gave me chills, things I hadn't been expecting happened and, thanks to Linn's fabulous storytelling, affected me quite dramatically. It became my mission to uncover the secrets of Villa Rosso and this meant that I flew through the pages in record time.

This was an absolute pleasure to read, every fate filled moment held my interest and encouraged me to think of more than simply what I can see in front of me. A truly touching tale that left me with tears in my eyes.

5 Stars
5 Stars


Bristol-born Linn B Halton lives in the Forest of Dean, in the UK.

"I'm a hopeless romantic, self-confessed chocaholic, and lover of strong coffee. For me, life is about family, friends, writing ... and house renovation! Oh, and the occasional glass of White Grenache..."

An Amazon UK Top 100 best-selling author with A Cottage in the Country in November 2015, Under the Stars and A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love also became best-sellers in 2016 & 2017. Linn's novels have been short-listed in the UK's Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award.

Linn writes chick lit, women's contemporary fiction and psychic romance for Harper Impulse, Choc Lit and Endeavour Press.


Thank you to the author for sending me this eBook ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.


  1. Thank you thank you so much, Kate, for a stunning review! I couldn't launch a book without sending you a copy, because you always get to the heart of the story. You miss nothing and you are my perfect reader - so I am always eager to read your thoughts! I am one happy author, today! Hugs, L xx

    1. Reading your books is always a pleasure Linn and I feel honoured to be among the first readers for The Secrets of Villa Rosso - it's a wonderful read! x


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