Lake Como (Paperback)

A Novel

By Anita Hughes

St. Martin's Griffin, 9781250017734, 288pp.

Publication Date: August 13, 2013

List Price: 18.99*
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Hallie Elliot has a perfect life. She is an up-and-coming interior designer in one of San Francisco's most sought after firms, and has just recently become engaged to Peter, a brilliant young journalist. But when she stumbles upon Peter and her boss in what seems to be a compromising position, her trust in her perfect life is shaken.
So Hallie escapes to Lake Como, Italy to spend time with her half-sister, Portia Tesoro, an Italian blueblood dealing with the scandal of a public estrangement from her cheating husband. While staying in the Tesoro villa, Hallie falls in love with the splendor and beauty of Lake Como, and finds work designing the lakeside estate of a reclusive American tech mogul. The caretaker of this beautiful estate is a handsome man named Angus, and Hallie finds herself drawn to his charm and kindness, despite hints of a dark secret in his past.
But just as Hallie is beginning to find her footing on Italian soil, she uncovers a family secret that upends all the truths she's believed about herself, and calls into question the new life she's built in Lake Como.
Sisterhood, family, career, and sumptuous descriptions of Italian life fill the pages of this newest offering by Anita Hughes. Lake Como is a heartbreaking and heartwarming story of love, self-discovery, and the quest for truth.

Love, sisterhood, and sumptuous descriptions of la dolce vita fill the pages of Anita Hughes' Lake Como, a heartwarming story of romance, self-discovery, and the quest for truth.

About the Author

ANITA HUGHES is also the author of Monarch Beach, Market Street, Lake Como, French Coast, Rome in Love, Island in the Sea, Santorini Sunsets, Christmas in Paris, White Sand, Blue Sea, and Emerald Coast. She attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing Program, and lives in Dana Point, California, where she is at work on her next novel.

Praise For Lake Como: A Novel

Praise for Lake Como:

Lake Como weaves an artful tale of family secrets, self-discovery, acceptance, and forgiveness. The pages hold a thoroughly decadent journey." 

 —Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island


“A glamorous woman, fabulous clothes, gorgeous jewelry, sexy men, not to mention delicious food and divine scenery, all shimmer in a beautiful bubble around family sins and secrets—Lake Como will take you away!”

Nancy Thayer, author of  Island Girls


“With Anita Hughes' trademark glamour and heartfelt compassion for her characters, Lake Como takes you on an inspiring journey to Italy, where unexpected family ties, romance, great food, and possible answers await."

Mia March, author of The Meryl Streep Movie Club and Finding Colin Firth


“Anita Hughes’ Lake Como should be toasted with a fine Prosecco. Reading this sparkling novel, which explores the universal theme of trust in love, is the next best thing to a holiday in Bellagio surrounded by drop-dead gorgeous people, food and architecture. Treat yourself!”

 Sally Koslow, author of The Widow Waltz


"Lake Como is as elegant and tasteful as its protagonist. I love how Anita Hughes breathes so much life into a story and how the setting is always as vivid as the rest of it. Don't miss this fabulous book!"

  —Brenda Novak, author of When Summer Comes

Praise for Market Street:

“Anita Hughes' name has become synonymous for breezy, easy-to-read women's fiction and her latest is no exception.”

“A warm, sparkling and heartfelt novel that explores the power of second chances in life, in love and in following your dreams.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Hughes gives the reader an exciting story full of passion and fun about questions of self-worth and how unexpected changes can be some of life's most valuable and pleasurable experiences.” — Booklist

“Market Street reads like a love letter to San Francisco. . .If Candace Bushnell had a west coast counterpart, Anita Hughes would be it!” —Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of The Beach Trees

Filled with unexpected twists and deft observation, Market Street is both an indulgent peek into the world of San Francisco's moneyed elite and a tender exploration of female friendship through triumph and betrayal. A delicious, page-turning, satisfying read.” —Beatriz Williams, bestselling author of Overseas