Thursday, October 4, 2018

Blog Tour and Giveaway: A Life by Design by Lucy Appadoo

Book Details:

Book Title: 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.

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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.

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My Review

A Life by Design is the first book I have read by Lucy Appadoo. It is, also, part of her The Italian Family Series. Elena Allegro is twenty years old living in the village of Laurino and dreams of becoming a fashion designer. She finally gets the opportunity to move to Milan, Italy to study fashion design. Despite, her father's unhappiness, she excitedly goes. She then meets Francesco, who give her a position at a local clothing store. Then things start to go south for young Elena when she is tormented by a stalker. She becomes afraid for her life, safety, and mental health. Will she learn how strong she can be to deal with this turn of her events in her life?

I enjoyed A Life by Design. Elena is one character that I like from the start. I admired her determination to follow her dreams and make them come true. I loved the location. It was fun to see the city through Elena's eyes. I could feel her excitement. I enjoyed the suspense and mystery that was thrown at her and how she dealt with it. 

A Life by Design is a great read that I found enjoyable. Lucy Appadoo's talent certainly shines through in this book. I will definitely be adding her to my author must read list. I will be looking forward to more by her in the future. I am giving this story four and a half stars. I, also, highly recommend it. I believe most readers will love it. 

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.


  1. Thank you so much for the generous review. I am glad you enjoyed the book.



  2. This book sounds like a really good read. Love the cover.