My Review of “Emerald Coast” by Anita Hughes

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Emerald Coast

Description from Goodreads

Emerald Coast

by Anita Hughes (Goodreads Author)
Lily Bristol arrives at a luxurious resort in Sardinia for the grand opening of her newest home furnishing store on the Emerald Coast. She’s a successful business woman with an international chain of stores from San Francisco to Milan. Thirty-two and newly divorced, she’s ready to handle things on her own. At least until her private butler, Enzo, escorts her to a beautiful suite where she notices a suspiciously familiar pair of men’s slippers and shaving kit.

Lily is horrified. Her ex-husband Oliver moved out of their restored Connecticut farmhouse six months ago, but they booked this trip when they were trying to save their marriage and never cancelled the reservation. Oliver, a food critic for the New York Times, is here covering Sardinia’s hottest new restaurant. The only other available room is the adjoining suite; and worse, Oliver isn’t alone. He’s brought a twenty-something named Angela with him.

Lily is determined to make do and enlists Enzo to find her a suitable man. But it’s not as easy to find new love as they both expected. When Lily and Oliver find themselves alone on a very important night, they turn to each other. Sparks begin to fly, but can they be together without breaking each other’s hearts?

Set on the glamorous Italian island, Emerald Coast is a touching and humorous story about marriage and the difficulty of finding love and happiness at the same time. (less)

Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin
I really enjoyed reading “Emerald Coast” by Anita Hughes. I received an ARC of this book for my honest review.
I appreciate the way Anita Hughes describes the beautiful landscape and location. I wish I could go on vacation with turquoise waters, quaint shops,sensational views, and tantalizing food. I certainly would love a private butler and such luxury accommodations.
The genres of this story are Women’s Fiction and Romance with a touch of humor.
The timeline of this story is told in the present and goes to the past  when  our characters first meet. The theme throughout the novel is the ups and downs of marriage. What are the ingredients of a lasting relationship?  “The author brings up the question of what makes a marriage work?”
The characters are described as complex, complicated and insecure. The two main characters  Lily and Oliver had been married for ten years, and have been divorced for one week. Lily is extremely successful as a business woman owning several stores. Oliver has always supported and encouraged her career. Oliver visits the best restaurants and writes about the food and establishments for the New York Times. Lily and Oliver share custody of their young daughter. Both Lily and Oliver are insecure and jealous, and felt the constant fighting and lack of trust could never be worked on in their marriage, and divorce.  Both know they should move on.
Lily needs a vacation and goes to the Emerald Coast, where the couple had previously made reservations. She has her own butler, and everything is beautiful. The only thing she notices  in her room, there are men’s shoes and in the bathroom is a man’s shaving kit. Her confusion gets worse, when she sees that it is Oliver with a new girlfriend. Both forgot to tell the other about the vacation.
Uh-oh!!!What else can go wrong? Can this lead to something good?
I like the way the author describes friendship,relationships and marriage. I find the author shows betrayal, loyalty , trust,growth, love and hope. I would highly recommend this story. I want to read more from this author.

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