Reviewed by Louisa
TITLE: In Wild Lemon Groves
AUTHOR: Selina Kray
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 212 Pages
RELEASE DATE: 8th February 2018
A telltale knock on a quiet winter night is a sound no husband wants to hear.
Sébastien Osaki has spent the past three years surviving the loss of his beloved Henry. When Seb lands in Amalfi, Italy, for their would-have-been tenth-anniversary trip, he’s haunted by the memory of the man he loved. Following Henry’s notebook leads him to some breathtaking coastal views but also right back to his despair. Seb’s there to get his groove back, not let the past wrong-foot him at every turn.
Enter Andrea Sorrentino, chauffeur, part-time pet whisperer, a Bernini statue in a soccer tee and tight shorts. From the moment Andrea picks Seb up from the airport, he knows just how to soothe Seb’s case of the sulks. But Seb isn’t sure he’s ready for Mr. Right Now, let alone a potential Mr. Right, in a part of the world where all roads lead back to Henry.
Can sun, sea, and eating your weight in pasta mend a tragedy-stricken heart? Will wine-soaked Amalfi nights and long walks through lemon groves work their magic on Seb’s wounded soul? Or will he slink back into the shell of his grief once his grand Italian adventure is over?
The cover wasn’t the first thing that drew me towards, In Wild Lemon Groves, because that was the blurb, but once I saw the cover I was eager to read this beautiful story. Loss and heartache is one of the most experienced human emotions and Sebastien Osaki has felt it. But as humans we have the ability to recover and move past our loss, without forgetting the ones we love but had to leave us. This journey spoke to me.
Henry is Seb’s husband who passed away. A travel writer who doesn’t overtake the story, but who travels along with us in Seb’s heart. You can feel him there, but he doesn’t overtake the book with sadness.
Andrea Sorrentino is full of joy and life. He is a beautiful character that draws you into his landscape. The two men together made me so happy as I read In Wild Lemon Groves. The Amalfi Coast is right there on the page for you to enjoy. I can only presume that it is a place the author loves because the scenery is spectacular, and I could see it laying before me in my mind. The ocean, the coast the people. It was all described to a T.
The secondary characters where bright and fun. They took Seb under their wing and gave him love, support and encouragement. You have to love some wonderful sister/friends who see a person in need and just can’t help themselves.
This was my first Selina Kray book, but I doubt it will be the last. A beautiful book that is absolutely worth reading. I am sure you will fall in love too!