The Invitation Read Online Free - An evocative love story set along the Italian Riviera about a group of charismatic stars who all have secrets and pasts they try desperately--and dangerously--to hide.
Rome, 1953: Hal, an itinerant journalist flailing in the post-war darkness, has come to the Eternal City to lose himself and to seek absolution for the thing that haunts him. One evening he finds himself on the steps of a palazzo, walking into a world of privilege and light. Here, on a rooftop above the city, he meets the mysterious Stella. Hal and Stella are from different worlds, but their connection is magnetic. Together, they escape the crowded party and imagine a different life, even if it's just for a night. Yet Stella vanishes all too quickly, and Hal is certain their paths won't cross again.
But a year later they are unexpectedly thrown together, after Hal receives an invitation he cannot resist. An Italian Contessa asks him to assist on a trip of a lifetime--acting as a reporter on a tremendous yacht, skimming its way along the Italian coast toward Cannes film festival, the most famous artists and movie stars of the day gathered to promote a new film.
Of all the luminaries aboard--an Italian ingenue, an American star, a reclusive director--only one holds Hal in thrall: Stella. And while each has a past that belies the gilded surface, Stella has the most to hide. As Hal's obsession with Stella grows, he becomes determined to bring back the girl she once was, the girl who's been confined to history.
An irresistibly entertaining and atmospheric novel set in some of the world's most glamorous locales, THE INVITATION is a sultry love story about the ways in which the secrets of the past stay with us--no matter how much we try to escape them.
|Number of Pages||:||432 pages|
December 12, 2016
Reading The Invitation was another experience of time travel such as I’d enjoyed with Anton DiSclafani’s The After Party. But on this round the time warp was vicarious. Lucy Foley’s book reminded me so much of another that affected me hugely as a teenager, Lawrence Durrell’s Justine, which some s...
July 08, 2016
I was very lucky to receive a hardback - stunning cover photo! - copy of this book from the publishers Harper Collins, in return for a fair and honest review.
If you are looking for a holiday from the comfort of your own home this summer, then I can highly recommend this book! Set mainly around th...
August 02, 2016
A novel I picked up randomly in the bookstore to browse as the blurb seemed interesting and then I couldn't put down and had to read it until the end late in the evenings at home.
While it belongs to the "long ago" secrets sub-genre and it splits the action between the present (Rome and the Liguri...
October 14, 2017
The Invitation is definitely one of those books that takes you to another time and place. I really felt like I was travelling through post war Europe with the characters, experiencing all the sights with them. I now really hope to travel through Europe at some point and visit all the countries th...
August 10, 2017
This book is so conflicting. I wanted to like this book a lot. The setting is interesting, the cover is stunning, the era is interesting, but there is just too much of could have been.
Let me explain:
-The romance between two people struggling with their past has the potential to be interesting.
April 19, 2017
The Invitation by Lucy Foley for me is a mix on four stories - Hal's, Stella's, The old sea captains and then the story that includes those three stories.
It's an interesting story, an interesting and appalling story about war, how it affects relationships, families and hope, but I really did not...
July 15, 2016
Travel to the Italian Riviera with Lucy! link: Invitation to a cruise holiday
If I ever go on a cruise around the Italian Riviera, this is both the journey and the boat I’d like to go on. What a woman Stella was! I loved the multi layers of this tale – from Hal and Stella’s present day yearnings t...
August 15, 2016
I had to stay up and finish this one! Very good reading! I feel however that the blurbs on the back referencing this as a "dazzling romance" have missed the point entirely. To me this was more about obsession and the secrets kept - another summer read that deals with the deep scars they carry aro...
November 12, 2017
I read and reviewed Lucy Foley's debut novel, The Book of Lost and Found on Random Things in January 2015 and was looking forward to reading The Invitation on my holiday to Croatia a few weeks ago.
I did find The Invitation a little difficult to engage with during the first couple of chapters; the...
November 11, 2017
This was an enjoyable and entertaining read. I was caught up in the story and liked how things were revealed through both the dual timelines and dual character perspectives. This is a good choice if you want an easy flowing historical fiction read with a touch of intrigue and a bit of a romantic...