The perfect beach read for summer 2018 . . . set in idyllic Italy, for fans of Harriet Evans and Ruth Hogan.
When Kit loses her mother in tragic circumstances, she feels drawn to finally connect with the father she has never met. That search brings her to the Thousand Lights Hotel, the perfect holiday escape perched upon a cliff on the island of Elba. Within this idyllic setting a devastating truth is brought to light: shaking the foundations upon which the hotel is built, and shattering the lives of the people within it.
A heartbreaking story of loss, betrayal, and redemption, told with all the warmth and beauty of an Italian summer.
Emylia Hall was born in 1978 and grew up in the Devon countryside. She is the author of The Book of Summers, which was a Richard & Judy Summer Book Club pick in 2012, A Heart Bent Out of Shape, The Sea Between Us and The Thousand Lights Hotel. She lives in Bristol with her husband, the writer Robin Etherington, and their young son.
A beautiful story in a beautiful setting, this is escapist fiction in a class of its own ***** — Sun
A heartfelt story about identity, family, grief and love, filled with warmth, compassion and a glorious dose of Italian sunshine. Hall's care for her characters leaps off the page and her sense of landscape is beautifully evocative. Mark my words - it will have you booking the next flight to Elba — Hannah Beckerman
This glorious, sun-drenched story moves along at a dreamy pace but the novel is far from slow. There are twists and turns to keep you on your toes and an enchanting cast of characters among the guests and staff of the hotel who keep the surprises coming. You can feel the sun on your skin and taste the aperitivo in this intoxicating novel — Daily Express
It's a powerful story of grief, family and self-discovery with a magical sense of place and beautiful storytelling — Sunday Express, S magazine
You'll be swept away to a beautiful Italian island in this perfectly told story — Sun on Sunday, Fabulous magazine
A delightful summer read — Prima
Vivid, atmospheric and heart-breaking — Woman & Home
An emotional, evocative novel — Red
A beautiful book - escapism, romance, and long-buried secrets with a glorious island setting. The perfect holiday read — Lucy Diamond
For the flavours and fragrances of Italy - The Thousand Lights Hotel by Emylia Hall, a magical novel to touch the heart. Loved it — Rosanna Ley
I loved this book. Such gorgeous, delicate writing — Kate Riordan
Glorious... Luminous, lyrical, luscious. And what a story. I was transfixed — Rosie Walsh
A simply gorgeous read by a supremely gifted writer. Just perfect! — Debbie Johnson
I devoured The Thousand Lights Hotel. Vividly written, I savoured every page. Set on the beautiful Italian island of Elba, Hall immerses us in the lives of Valentino, Oliviero and Kit, as they struggle to come to terms with their pasts. Tender, sun-drenched and beautifully written, it's the perfect summer read — Lucy Clarke, author of THE SEA SISTERS
The Thousand Lights Hotel is a gloriously intoxicating fairytale - sweet, sensual and sun-drenched. You won't want to leave! — Veronica Henry
Lyrical, tender, sun-warm, romantic... the perfect summer read — Susan Fletcher
Didn't read so much as greedily consume The Thousand Lights Hotel. Beautiful, smart, uplifting, and full of surprises — Morgan McCarthy
A deeply moving novel from a deeply talented author, The Thousand Lights Hotel is one of those remarkable books that lingers in the mind long after its characters have left the page. This is an evocative, emotional and powerful read that should be in every beach bag this summer. Be transported; be enthralled — Victoria Fox, author of THE SILENT FOUNTAIN
You are drawn into Kit's world from the start: take the journey with her as she travels from the monochrome sadness of her hometown to the gloriously sun-soaked colour palette of Elba and watch as the riveting story unfolds — Italia! Magazine