Global box office sensation, Ruby Locke, is a long way from her Yorkshire roots. Together with her fiancé, movie heartthrob Tyler Harrison, they are Hollywood’s new glitterati.
Overnight, however, Ruby’s life implodes when her social media accounts are hacked with a multitude of vile posts, turning her into an international pariah. Even Tyler breaks off their engagement.
Confused and heartbroken, Ruby escapes to the beautiful island of Sicily to avoid the media scrutiny and clear her name. With only a Yorkshire Terrier to comfort her, Ruby is befriended by a handsome neighbour and slowly begins to heal.
But who is this mysterious man and what are his intentions?
When her Sicilian hideaway is compromised, Ruby is once again forced to relocate, this time to the stunning Isle of Skye.
In the tranquil cove of Glentorrin, Ruby is left questioning not only who wants to destroy her career, and why but also if celebrity lifestyle is really for her…
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Lisa Hobman has written many brilliantly reviewed women’s fiction titles – the first of which was shortlisted by the RNA for their debut novel award. In 2012 Lisa relocated her family from Yorkshire to a village in Scotland and this beautiful backdrop now inspires her uplifting and romantic stories.
Under a Sicilian Sky is a heart-warming story that transports the reader from New York to Sicily to the Isle of Skye. While I love New York and Sicily and have been lucky enough to travel to both, the Isle of Skye was the standout and a place I need to go ASAP.
Ruby Locke, a 30-year-old red-haired actress from Yorkshire has her life turned upside down when her social media accounts are hacked and her career is on the verge of collapsing. She thought she could seek comfort with her fiancé, fellow actor Tyler Harrison, but she was sadly mistaken. With the aid of her agent, Valerie, Ruby is told to lay low away from New York and ends up at a private villa, Vista Mare, in Sicily owned by Mitch, a Scottish developer. Mitch is the friend of Veronica, a journalist who connects Ruby to Mitch’s home. Ruby leaves her life in New York behind to journey to Mitch’s home in Sicily in hopes that her name will be cleared and she can return to New York. After hiding out in Sicily, events force her to change locations that lead her to the Isle of Skye.
“It was the whore’s moans or dolphin hens making me sad.” This line I believe is one of the most humorous that I have ever read as it seemingly comes out of nowhere and made me giggle out loud. There were many moments of humor in this novel and also very sweet moments as the characters get to know each other. There were many characters and dogs that were lovely additions to the story. As Ruby gets to know all of them she begins to figure out who her true friends turn out to be and who is trustworthy. Ruby goes through a lot of emotions in this story and is was fantastic to read about her trials and tribulations as she tries to figure out how to fix her life that was destroyed without her involvement.
Overall, this book was a fun summer read! The characters and setting are lovely and the mystery behind the hacking and if Ruby will recover keep you captivated. This is a story that I devoured in a single sitting as I could not wait to see how everything would come together. Again, Ruby’s journey of self-discovery and how to move ahead was heartwarming and enjoyable. After reading this story, I definitely want to backtrack to read Dreaming Under an Island Skye to experience the full story of Jules and Reid!
**I give a special thank you to Rachel @rararesources and the publisher, Boldwood Books, for the opportunity to participate with this enjoyable novel via Netgalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**