Full of sultry summer nights, hilarious moments and plenty of adventure, You Had Me at Merlot is a romantic, funny and wine-fuelled novel that will have you crying with laughter one moment and nodding your head in agreement the next.
Elle and Laurie are the last ones standing: they’re single, they’re not having babies any time soon and their weekends aren’t filled with joyful meetings about mortgages. For Elle, this is fine. She likes her independent life, but Laurie wants love and she wants it now.
So when Laurie begs Elle to come with her on a singles holiday to a beautiful vineyard in Tuscany, Elle is reluctant. She has no intention of swapping her perfectly lovely life for someone else’s idea of her Mr Perfect, but ten days under the Italian sun with her best friend and lashings of wine? How bad could that be?
You Had Me at Merlot introduces us to workaholic Elle and her best friend Laurie. Laurie is recovering from another disastrous relationship and on a quest to cheer herself up she talks best friend Elle into a singles holiday!
Laurie maybe in search of her Mr Right. Elle however, is more than happy to enjoy the sunshine and wine, after all no man would fit into her perfect single life.
I absolutely adore Lisa Dickenson’s writing style, her humour and descriptiveness have you captivated within the first page. Her characters are real and striving for what they believe they should’ve achieved before they hit their thirties. Laurie longs for the dream wedding and the babies that most of their friends seem to be having. Where as Elle is more career driven and focused on putting in long hours at work, she isn’t striving for a prince but instead a promotion.
I love Elle, she is very easy to relate to and It is fantastic seeing her let her hair down and enjoy the sunshine, the wine certainly seems help.
I think a special mention should go to Jamie, the HOT, incredible Jamie. The only thing that put me off this fine specimen of a man was the fact he shares the same name as my brother (ewww) but I certainly wont hold that against him as I dream of holding myself against him.
I also love the way in which Dickenson sets the scene, for not only am I left with my mouth watering imagining those wines but I also feel as though I have been to Florence taking in the art, culture and gelato.
In fact I am in love with every part of this story, the atmosphere, the characters, the setting…. the list is endless
You Had Me At Merlot is a sensational summer reads that brings friendship and love into your life and leaves you drunk on happiness.
A big thank you to Clara at Little Brown for sending me a copy to review