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The Invitation Paperback – August 1, 2017
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"Pop this tale of love, secrets and obsession right into your beach bag."--People
"Certain that they'll never meet again, journalist Hal and socialite Stella indulge in an illicit rendezvous. But when they're reunited on a yacht in Cannes a year later, temptation is everywhere."--Cosmopolitan
"Lucy Foley crafts a subtle, dramatic story of guilt, desire and long-held secrets.... Lushly described settings and Foley's keen but compassionate eye for her characters combines to make The Invitation a beautiful, bittersweet journey of loss and redemption."--Shelf Awareness
"THE INVITATION is a riveting, dazzling romance, set in the most beautiful places on earth. I wanted to go wherever Lucy Foley took me."―Anton DiSclafani, New York Times bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls and The After Party
"Richly atmospheric and emotionally resonant, The Invitation is a compelling love story that takes us far beyond the alluring Italian coast and the film festival at Cannes to a darker place, where the wounds of war are still fresh, and secrets hide just below the water's surface. Lucy Foley's lavish depictions both immerse and transport, inviting us to cruise along with this glamorous and enigmatic cast of unforgettable characters. A great read."―Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader
"I loved THE INVITATION. Foley has such a visceral writing style, and her rich descriptions made me feel as if I could dive into this book and be amongst the glittering characters in the Italian sun. A beautifully complex and vivid story, full of repressed longing and secrets. An absolutely enchanting tale."―Lucinda Riley, New York Times bestselling author of The Orchid House
"Glamorous and romantic and bittersweet all at once, this is a fabulous story with such wonderful, intelligent prose."―Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers
"I love The Invitation. The setting is so powerfully evoked that I found myself browsing holidays on the Italian Riviera for days. But while it definitely ticks all the boxes for those after a glamorous, mid-century romance, it's actually much more than that, with dark, sensuous undercurrents that lingered on in my mind, long after I'd reluctantly left Stella and Hal behind."
―Kate Riordan, author of The Shadow Hour
"A seductive love tale set on the Italian Riviera in the 1950s"―Sunday Times Style (UK)
"The perfect summer read... Gorgeously compelling"―Good Housekeeping (UK)
"Oozes glamour... Lush, romantic and cleverly crafted - a brainy beach read to relish"―Sunday Mirror (UK)
"In her second novel, Foley weaves a very satisfying love story, and readers will be especially taken by the luxurious Mediterranean setting."
About the Author
- Publisher : Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (August 1, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316272906
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316272902
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.13 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I thoroughly enjoyed "traveling" through Italy while reading The Invitation. The protagonist, Hal, is an interesting character, albeit a lazy one. The writing was a little abundant, and the story could've been pared a bit. There are some contrivances, but this is fiction, right? Some of the lesser characters steal the show: the photographer Aubrey, the Countess, even the drunken film star are well-crafted. War, cast against the cost to family, hits true.
All in all, The Invitation was a solid read on a chilly June evening after doing too much yardwork and being unable to move.
Hal can make out a vivid strip of houses, each painted a different colour: ochre, sepia, rust red, dusky pink and, occasionally, a slice of blue; the colours of earth and sky. They are like the bright spines of so many books crammed together onto a bookshelf; a quiet spectacle.
Fame, he thinks, has a great deal to answer for. It rewards behavior that should otherwise be stamped out long before adulthood.
The cobbled walkway up to the town is fringed by an embarrassment of flowers: reds and pinks, yellow and purple and white; colours that might never be put together by design. But nature, who knows nothing of convention, has the audacity of a genius.
We all have different selves, I think, that we become, or promote, depending on the company.
Rome is full of ghosts, too - centuries of them. There is perhaps a stronger concentration of souls here than in any other place in the world: it is not the Eternal City for nothing. But the important thing is that they aren't HIS ghosts.
You will become immersed in this journey, do not miss it.
The characters are diverse and some are a little sad. It certainly gives an inside look at the entertainment industry showing that what you see is not what you think.
I enjoyed it but, it was really a little weird.