Ciao everyone!

Ciao everyone!  I returned home last night after a fortnight at Lake Como and here’s me in Bellagio, glass in hand, celebrating the news that Promises, Promises has spent the last three weeks in the top ten of the Sunday Times bestseller list.  So thank you all again for making that happen.  Grazie mille!

Readers are always asking me about the settings of my novels and as some of you will know, Lake Como features in Gardens of Delight and so I thought I’d share some photographs with you of some of the lovely places that pop up in the storyline.  This first picture shows the main boat stop in Bellagio.

This is the Hotel Serbelloni in Bellagio, which I used for a luncheon party scene.

Villa Carlotta, as visited by the gardening group whilst visiting the lake …

One of the boats used to get around the lake.

One of the pretty (and very steep) streets in Bellagio.

A quiet lakeside spot …

The Villa Balbianello – not only used in Gardens of Delight by me, but also by George Lucas for a Star Wars movie and James Bond in Casino Royale.

And lastly, nothing to do with Gardens of Delight, but a photo of my favourite dress shop in Bellagio!  It’s called La Manna and is run by the wonderful Marie Helene.

An interior shot of La Manna.

And another …