{Top 10+Giveaway} Love, Lucy by April Lindner

May 17, 2014 Giveaways, Guest Post, Young Adult 5

{Top 10+Giveaway} Love, Lucy by April Lindner

{Top 10+Giveaway} Love, Lucy by April LindnerLove, Lucy by April Lindner
Pages: 304
Published by Hachette, Poppy on January 15, 2015
Genres: contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult

While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, 17-year-old Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.

Inspired by E.M. Forster's A Room with a View.


I am so excited to be able to help spread the word that LOVE, LUCY by April Lindner is now available to pre-order at Amazon and The Book Depository. LOVE, LUCY releases in January 2015, but until then I am thrilled to share an awesome guest post from Lucy Sommersworth on the Top Ten Things she loves about Italy. It sounds like she had an amazing time and I can’t wait to hear all about it in January.

If you haven’t yet heard about this amazing-sounding book, there’s some information and places to find it online below. And if you haven’t yet met April Lindner, her details are also below.

This blast also includes a giveaway for an Amazon eGiftcard, so if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


 Top 10 List

The Top Ten Things I Love About Italy

By Lucy Sommersworth

10. Termini Station, Rome

10.  Train stations.  They make my heart beat a little bit faster.  I especially love the departure signs lit up with the names of exotic cities.  They make me want to pick a destination at random—Venice or Milan or Naples, basically any place I’ve never been before—and just jump on, trusting that some kind of wonderful adventure will be waiting for me when I hop off.  I would do it too except for the fact that Charlene, the friend I’m traveling with, likes schedules and order.  I could never talk her into doing something that reckless.


9.  The language.  Italian is so lush and musical.  Not that I can speak it, exactly.  I took Italian in high school, and I can remember just enough to say basic things like excuse me and I would like the Spaghetti Bolognese, please.  But even just reading the street signs out loud makes me feel like a different version of myself—more worldly and glamorous.  And even the most ordinary words, the ones that mean ATM or supermarket—sound glorious in Italian.

8.  Italian men.   What can I say?  I’ve always had a thing for dark brown eyes.

7.  candy store window

7.  Window shopping. I could do it all day long.  Window displays are different in Italy, quirkier and more colorful.  I especially love the sparkling little jewelry stores on the Ponte Vecchio, the funky clothing store displays, and store windows full of colorful, exotic treats—marzipan fruit, and candied rose and violet petals.

6. Sidewalk Cafe

6.  Sidewalk cafes.  Nobody minds if you linger forever over a single cappuccino, just soaking in the atmosphere and watching the people pass by.

5.  Gelato.  After a few hours, walking around Florence can make a person exhausted.  Luckily, wherever you turn, there’s a glass storefront gleaming with refreshing gelato—a miniature rainbow-colored mountain range of it: raspberry, mango, lemon, dark chocolate, hazelnut, pistachio—and all of it amazing.


4.  Street Performers.  Though Charlene insists they’re just begging and we shouldn’t give them our money, I can’t help myself.  I love them all: street musicians, the people who draw chalk masterpieces in the street, the folks who dress up as statues and pose for tourists.  I’ve even got a soft spot for mimes!

3. motorbikes in Florence

3.  Riding on a Vespa.  Please don’t tell my mom, okay?  She would have a panic attack if she knew.

2. Where Audrey Stood_Spanish Steps, Rome

2.  Pretending I’m Audrey Hepburn.  Roman Holiday is one of my all-time favorite movies, and the reason I wanted to go to Italy in the first place.  Audrey Hepburn plays Princess Ann, who has grown deathly bored with having to give speeches and act stiff and regal.  On a stop in Rome she runs away, and wanders through the city pretending to be a commoner.  Of course she falls in love with Gregory Peck.  Like her, he’s pretending, acting like a nice, ordinary guy who just wants to show her around Rome, when really he’s a reporter with ulterior motives.  He recognizes her, and plans to write a tell-all story about her for his newspaper.

I won’t spoil the ending.  I’ll just add that if you’re planning a trip to Rome, you need to see Roman Holiday first.  And then, if you happen to meet a gorgeous, dark-eyed stranger, maybe you can get him take you on a Roman Holiday tour, and you can pretend to be Audrey Hepburn the way I did.

1. The amazing people I met along the way.   Swapping stories with other backpackers about our travels and misadventures.  Vacation flirtations with dark-eyed strangers.  And, just maybe, experiencing a real summer romance.

Anywhere - Il duomo, Florence

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About April Lindner

April Lindner is the author of three novels: Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights; Jane, an update of Jane Eyre; and Love, Lucy, due out in January, 2015. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped. She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.

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5 Responses to “{Top 10+Giveaway} Love, Lucy by April Lindner”

  1. Lekeisha

    Looks like a great read. I’m so jealous right now, because I’ve been wanting to go to Italy forever. Glad that you are enjoying yourself.

  2. Enbrethiliel


    I read A Room with a View several years ago and found it beautiful, but also tightly woven into its historical period. It will be interesting to read an update of the same story! =)

  3. Laura Thomas

    This is going to be a sweet summer read for by the pool. Already on my summer reading list:)
    Had a lot of fun reading the 10s and looking at the pictures. Thanks for sharing a happy post and giveaway.

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