The Lemon Tree Hotel

Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A story about love, family secrets and a little piece of heaven....

In the beautiful village of Vernazza, the Mazzone family have transformed an old convent overlooking the glamorous Italian Riviera into the elegant Lemon Tree Hotel. For Chiara, her daughter, Elene, and her granddaughter, Isabella, the running of their hotel is the driving force in their lives.   

One day, two unexpected guests check in. The first, Dante, is a face from Chiara's past, but what exactly happened between them all those years ago, Elene wonders. Meanwhile, Isabella is preoccupied with the second guest, a mysterious young man who seems to know a lot about the history of the old convent and the people who live there. Isabella is determined to find out his true intentions and discover the secret past of the Lemon Tree Hotel.

©2019 Rosanna Ley (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

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Please write another

Lovely book. So wonderful. Beautiful detaiks of the area. It makes me want to visit the region.

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Drawn out but easy listen

This story has no depth and is way too long, but is ok if you’re looking for an easy listen. Narrator does a good job.

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Superb

Intricate descriptions, believable characters and plot twists kept looking forward to the next chapter...and the next...

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Soap opera

The Italian setting is so beautiful I thought I could endure the typical dragged out romance and emotional drama of soap opera-type books. I had hope that with the beautiful setting and the hotel being a former convent for nuns - that the writer would bring a balance of interesting plot points and details to the book. There WERE a few interesting plot points but the preponderance of the book is emotional issues and dialogue. I guess that's what some people want - not me.

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Painfully slow and redundant

I love Italy so much that I can listen to just about any book set there, but this was painful. The endless retrospective questions, the “lemon tree hotel” mentioned a billion times, the Constant redundancy, was just too much.

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Slow, boring & ridiculous plot

This looked like my kind of story - light, interesting setting and characters with a love story or two mixed in. It has some of that, but the book is WAY longer than it needs to be, and the plot is very slow in the beginning; when it finally does get going, it’s so implausible and ridiculous, and the characters are so flat that I was sorry to have wasted my time!

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  • Joyful Jo
  • 03-28-19

Wonderful story! Loved every minute!

I imagined that I was there in beautiful Italy! Wonderfully detailed descriptions of the scenery- it made a dull day in Devon turn into a warm & balmy one in sunny Italy! The characters were well written & believable. Loved how the characters lives were linked & developed. A beautiful story that makes you laugh, dream, reminisce & cry. Feel bereft now it’s finished!! Just downloaded another of Rosanna’s books. Narrator was absolutely brilliant!

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  • Kent
  • 02-24-20

21st century Mills and Boon

I chose this book because it is set on the Ligurian Riviera. It is shallow, predictable and sickly. As soon as I started it, I wished I’d researched it more before purchasing. 15 hours of mills and boon. Oh well. Live and learn.

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  • Abbey
  • 05-17-19

A winner

Loved the story and the narration was excellent. Descriptions of the locality made you feel you were part of the scenery. Plus the recipes being prepared were mouthwatering. Little more to say!

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  • Claire bear
  • 09-22-19

Eat pasta while you listen for an authentic taste

This story took a lot of listening to get any momentum. I’m realising to write a compelling, engaging tale is incredibly difficult. It got there in the end . Quirky food critics descriptions dotted everywhere making it very Italian comic cook book , irritating repetitive re enforcing of story line that was most unnecessary . Needs editing. The ending was most interesting and real!

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  • madradiant
  • 11-15-19

Long and tedious

I really should have returned this book. But i kept waiting for something to happen and then hours in i realised it was just going to plod on to its conclusion. The story was weak and involved mainly people repeating themselves about whether to embrace love or not. The most happened in the last half an hour of the book. I suppose you could be kind and say it’s a gentle story - but for me - I need more of a story to get my teeth into. Oh I wish I had returned it!!!!

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  • jlcoops
  • 04-24-19

A treasure

This book I thought was wonderful
,interesting and a real change from sloppy love stories .






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  • barbara
  • 11-18-19

The Lemon Tree Hotel

What a wonderful story. From the beginning to the end, and what an ending, I could not put it down. I really felt that I was there in that beautiful place. I recommend anyone who listens to this book will be moved by the lives of the family with the problems they have to face. I must mention the food being prepared for the guests staying in the hotel - delicious! Thank you for writing about this beautiful area of Italy and the narrator was excellent.

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  • A. Richards
  • 06-16-19

good

Based on events in Italy a teenage woman falls in love but refuses to leave her home with the love of her life.
she was left a hotel to her by her parents and 40 years later her childhood sweetheart visits her at the hotel.
a lot is mentioned of the war.

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  • Ashley Allen
  • 02-28-20

Transports you to a wonderful place

A little slow to start with but really enjoyed this book. A nice easy listen.
Narrated well by Lucy Price Lewis. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon with a glass of wine

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  • Karren999
  • 02-02-20

How could anyone not love this story...

I saw this on a 2 for 1 deal. Never heard of the author before, but I'm so glad I listened to it. it has to be in my top 3 books EVER. The narrator was also excellent. From start to finish it kept me engaged and wanting to listen to it every spare moment. The description of the people, their lives, the hotel, its surroundings, the recipes, everything, made me want to visit this magical place. It would make an excellent film.

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