Lucy needed a change of scene. She didn’t expect the change of a lifetime.
Doctors Without Borders has been Lucy Young’s life for the past four years. After being rescued from a conflict zone, she’s making a change from saving lives under gunfire to practising medicine in safe, serene Siena.
Now treating wealthy patients at a private clinic, she’s never felt less comfortable. She’s used to helping those in dire need – not those in need of a nip and tuck. Her turmoil grows when she encounters injured tennis star David Lorenzo, whose smiles make Lucy forget her aversion to the rich.
She’s soon falling for the sportsman but is she losing herself in this world of excess? All she’s ever wanted was to help the underprivileged, so can her future lie in Siena at the clinic – with David?
What I Thought:
Happy publication day to the first book in T. A. Williams’ latest sun-drenched series, Under a Siena Sun!
Despite my sorrow that the lovely ‘Dreaming of…’ series is now complete, I was thrilled to pick up this equally heart-warming story, which is a positive start to the ‘Escape to Tuscany’ series of romantic adventures which are all to be set in that area.
T. A. Williams obviously has a great love of Italy, as the settings and people are described in beautiful detail, making you feel as though you’re walking the village streets with the main characters.
Although this is very firmly a romance novel, it does touch upon quite a thorny subject – that of financial inequality and global poverty. Placing Lucy as an ordinary girl working with Médecins Sans Frontières and giving her strong ethics is a great move as it gives the novel another layer in which it is acknowledged that the world of privilege that Lucy finds herself in is neither inevitable nor the only lifestyle in seemingly magical Italy. It’s rare in romantic fiction to find a heroine with a social conscience, and it was very welcome here.
What would a romance novel be without a dashing hero? In Under the Siena Sun, David Lorenzo is all you would wish him to be as a reader, and reading about Lucy and David finding their way nervously towards love is very sweet.
As ever with a T. A. Williams book, you’ll find a mix of stunning scenery, well-researched historical detail and a certain loveable breed of dog – all the ingredients I have come to love from his other work, and I can’t wait to read more in what promises to be an unmissable series.
Under a Siena Sun is published by Canelo.
Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.