You had me at Merlot – Lisa Dickenson – review

Today I review You had me at Merlot by Lisa Dickenson, an e book serialised in four parts. My review encompasses all four parts.

Published by Sphere

Part 1 – 14th July 2014

Part 2 – 21st July 2014

Part 3- 28th July 2014

Part 4 – 4th August 2014

1 - 9780751557428  2 - 9780751557435

3 - 9780751557442  4 - 9780751557459

“Elle and Laurie are the last ones standing: they’re single, they’re not having babies any time soon and their weekends aren’t filled with joyful meetings about mortgages. For Elle, this is fine – she likes her independent life, she loves her job, and she has no desire to walk down the aisle any time soon. But Laurie wants love and she wants it now.

So when Laurie begs Elle to come with her on a singles holiday to a beautiful vineyard in Tuscany, Elle is reluctant. You Had Me at Merlot Holidays promises crisp sunshine, fun and a chance to stir up some sizzling romance. Elle has no intention of swapping her perfectly lovely life for someone else’s idea of her Mr Perfect, but ten days under the Italian sun with her best friend and lashings of wine? How bad could that be?”

4 of 5 stars

I was sent a copy of each part by the publisher and this is my honest review.

First off I have to state that I think the title is genius. It boded well for the rest of the story. In the first part we see Elle being convinced to go on holiday with Laurie to Italy. Elle is happily single, having just perfected the single ladies dance she doesn’t want to a boyfriend. She loves her job, working long hours in the vain hope that she’ll be promoted. So it is with some reluctance that she agrees to go on a singles holiday with Laurie.

The rest of the instalments see Elle befriend Jamie, the rather attractive son of the owners of You Had Me at Merlot holidays but is determined not to create any romantic links. She’s also busy trying to avoid her boss and the amorous advances of an elderly American. Will Elle give in to the atmosphere of the romantic Tuscan villa and find love?

I found this to be an entertaining and funny read, indeed it made me laugh out loud in places. It also made me want to jump on a plane and head for Italy as the setting sounded divine! I loved that story was in four parts. Each part was well paced and the length was just right. A part could easily be read in a lunch break which made it perfect to dip in and out of.

I loved all of the characters, and in particular the relationship between Elle and Laurie. A great part of the story was seeing Elle’s relationship with her boss Donna and of course with Jamie develop.

This is a lovely light-hearted read, perfect for the summer, accompanied by a glass of wine of course!



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