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A sophisticated, expressive, and emotional story set in the glamorous Italian film promotion world of the 1950’s. Hal and Stella meet at a party, an immediate connection flares into life, yet the spectre of war holds both in a devastating grip. The story in the present focuses on Hal, on the journey he takes with the other fascinating and intriguing characters. Occasionally Stella allows Hal a glimpse of her past. Told in the first person as the described events are happening, creates a separation from the intimacy of the confession, and ensures the innermost being of Stella remains hidden. A 16th century journal finds it’s way into Hal’s hands, as the story takes it’s hold on him, the feelings it evokes begin to combine with the present, creating an undercurrent of unease and tension. Lucy Foley balances a fine silky edge between serenity and passion, her writing caresses obsession, fear, strength and hope. ‘The Invitation’ gently takes hold and becomes a beautifully poignant, yet seductive and heady delight of a read.
'The perfect summer read...Gorgeously compelling' Good Housekeeping 'Full of mystery and long-reaching shadows of the past ...richly drawn and compelling' Rosanna Ley It's 1951. In Europe's post-war wreckage, the glittering Italian Riviera draws an eclectic cast of characters; lured by the glamour but seeking an escape. Amongst them, two outcasts: Hal, an English journalist who's living on his charm; and Stella, an enigmatic society beauty, bound to a profiteering husband. When Hal receives a mysterious invitation from a wealthy Contessa, he finds himself aboard a yacht headed for Cannes film festival. Scratch the beautiful surface, and the post-war scars of his new companions are quick to show. Then there's Stella, whose secrets run deeper than anyone's - stretching back into the violence of Franco's Spain. And as Hal gets drawn closer, a love affair begins that will endanger everyone...The Invitation is an epic love story that will transport you from the glamour of the Italian Riviera, to the darkness of war-torn Spain. Perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Victoria Hislop.
Closing date: 30/06/2019
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
'A seductive love tale' Sunday Times Style
'Glamour, secrets and danger makes this a gorgeous summer read' Woman & Home
'Sultry escapist fiction at its best - 5* HEAT
'The perfect summer read... Gorgeously compelling' Good Housekeeping
'Oozes glamour... Lush, romantic and cleverly crafted - a brainy beach read to relish'
'I loved THE INVITATION ... I could dive into this book. A beautifully complex and vivid story, full of repressed longing and secrets. An absolutely enchanting tale'
'A seductive love tale'
Sunday Times Style
'So powerfully evoked ... with dark, sensuous undercurrents that lingered on in my mind, long after I'd reluctantly left Stella and Hal behind'
'Film crew, Italian Riviera, 1950s. What part of that does not appeal?'
'Full of mystery and long-reaching shadows of the past ... richly drawn and compelling'
'This epic love story is an unputdownable summer read'
'An utterly seductive story depicting forbidden love and loss in 1950s Italy. The perfect beach read this summer'
'I loved every page - it's vividly written and utterly absorbing'
'Foley weaves a very satisfying love story ... readers will be taken by the luxurious Mediterranean setting'
'Glamorous and romantic and bittersweet all at once ... a fabulous story'
Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers
'It's a beautiful, compulsive and glamorous read - perfect for long summer days'
Lucy Clarke, author of the Richard
& Judy bestseller, The Sea Sisters 'The combination of the glittering, glamorous setting and the magnetic characters mesmerized me. This book is luminous
'A compelling love story that takes us far beyond the alluring Italian coast to a darker place'
Publication date: 15/06/2017
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 14/07/2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||15th June 2017|
|Publisher:||Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Relationship Stories, Sagas and Romance,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities. She then worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry - during which time she also wrote The Book of Lost and Found. Lucy now writes full-time, and is busy travelling (for research, naturally) and working on her next novel. Author photo © Philippa GedgeMore About Lucy Foley