Tuesday, 2 October 2018

A Life By Design by Lucy Appadoo + #Giveaway + Guest Post

A Life By Design (The Italian Family Series) by Lucy Appadoo

Category: Adult Fiction, 211 pages
Genre: 20th Century Historical Romance, coming of age story set in Milan, Italy
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: Aug 24, 2018
Format available for review: ebook (mobi, PDF, ePub)
Tour dates: Sept 24 to Oct 12, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M

Book Description:

When 20-year-old Elena Allegro leaves the Italian village of Laurino to study Fashion Design in Milan, she’s certain her dreams are about to come true. Despite her father’s warnings that risk comes with her newfound freedom, she loves her studies and develops a love interest with Francesco, the handsome young entrepreneur who offers her a part-time job in a Milan clothing store.

It seems like an idyllic situation—until a stalker targets Elena, tormenting her with mind games and threatening her safety. In the face of escalating danger to herself and to Francesco, Elena must fight for her freedom, her love, and her survival.

Guest Post by Lucy Appadoo:

20th Century Historical Fiction/Romance & The Italian Family Series

A Life By Design is a 20th century historical fiction novel that is based on romance and drama. It is also a coming of age story due to its span over several years while the main character, Elena is studying to become a fashion designer.
The thread throughout the story involves romance or the love interest with a shop owner in Milan. Its essence is romance, tied in with the history and dramatic or suspenseful aspects that involves an unknown villain.
The story is set in the 1970s so it is not an ancient history novel, but spans the time of a liberated movement and purest of fashion in Italy.

A Life By Design is slightly different to my other three stories in The Italian Family Series. The first book I wrote (a novella), is entitled A New Life and is also historical and romantic. However, it focuses on an embellishment of my parents’ marriage when migrating from Italy to Melbourne. I added drama and action within the story but it  was inspired by my parents. The second book I wrote is entitled, The Beauty of Tears and is also further back into history with some romance threaded throughout the story. This story was inspired by my father’s childhood experiences, but have also been embellished to create a fictionalised, dramatic and suspenseful story. The third book I wrote is entitled Dancing in the Rain and is also historical with a romantic flavour to it. This story was inspired by my mother’s childhood experiences, but has been exaggerated to create conflict, suspense, romance, and drama. Finally, A Life By Design has no relevance to my parents but was born out of my need to be creative and adventurous in an exciting city (with Milan being the fashion capital of the world). The main character , Elena is Valeria’s sister (Valeria is the main character from Dancing in the Rain) and I thought it would be great to share her journey with the readers.

The genre of historical fiction/romance/coming of age, may appeal to some readers but not others. If you enjoy a bit of history, the aesthetic appeal of Italy, romance, drama, coming of age narrative, and suspense, you’ll enjoy A Life By Design and my other stories from The Italian Family Series.

May you live a life filled with creativity, aesthetics, and love.

Meet the Author:

Lucy is an author of romantic suspense, historical fiction/coming of age, short story thrillers, and non-fiction books. She is also a Registered Counsellor/Wellness Coach, and works as a Rehabilitation Counsellor for the Australian Government.

Lucy enjoys reading romantic suspense, romance, thrillers, crime novels, family/historical drama, and sagas. She has enjoyed travelling to exotic places such as Madrid, Mauritius, and Italy, and draws on these experiences in her creative writing.

Lucy’s favourite authors include Kendra Elliot, Christiane Heggan, Theresa Ragan, Tara Moss, Nicholas Sparks, Adriana Trigiani, Erica Spindler, and James Patterson (to name a few).

Lucy’s interests include meditation, exercising, journal writing, reading fiction and nonfiction texts about writing, coaching, and counselling, ongoing professional development, spending time with her husband and two daughters, and socialising with friends and family.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook
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  1. I like the stalker element in books and I haven't read many stories where the heroine was studying to be a fashion designer.

    1. I do hope you get to read the story, Mary. Thanks.


    2. This does look like an unusual element in the story :-)

  2. A book set in Italy sounds appealing to me. Great review and thank you for the awesome giveaway!

    1. If you've ever travelled to Italy, Flora, it's even more magical. Thank you for the comment.

  3. I love historical fiction and this sounds wonderful.

    1. Thanks, Becky. I enjoyed writing the story and immersing myself into the magic of Italy and the characters.

    2. Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres too :-)

  4. I don't why I think that Italian love stories are the best LOL one of those fixations one has :) Though I never thought of them as scary :)

    1. Italy does have a wonderfully romantic reputation!

  5. Looks like a great book, full of drama. Thanks for the Amazon giveaway too.

  6. This sounds a great read, with a nice bit of mystery.

  7. This sounds like my kind of book

  8. I always love reading books set in Italy

  9. This is a great giveaway, thank you

  10. Sounds a good read - intriguing!

  11. Sounds like a great read - thanks for the competition.

  12. Sounds like a great read, thanks for the giveaway the money would be so usefull with christmas coming x