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Giveaway – two books set in Sicily!

14th July 2019

Are you thinking of a holiday to Sicily?


Then you need these two books!

  • The new Marco Polo SICILY guide book
  • My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas, set on the island and beautifully evocative!

Could the lemon groves of Sicily be the perfect place to start over? The irresistible new novel from Jo Thomas, the author of Sunset Over the Cherry Orchard, will transport you to the island of mountains and sparkling blue seas.

When life hands you lemons … is it ever too late for a second chance?

Zelda’s impulsive nature has got her precisely nowhere up until now. A fresh start in a beautiful hilltop town in Sicily looking for new residents, together with her best friend Lennie, could be just what she needs. And who better to settle down with than the person who knows her best?

But the sun-filled skies and sparkling seas can’t hide the shadow hanging over Citta d’Ora, which means not everyone is pleased to see their arrival. The dreams Zelda and her fellow new residents had of setting up a new life might be slipping away. But a friendship with restauranteur Luca could be about to unlock the possibilities that lie in the local lemon groves. And there’s a wedding on the horizon that might be just what the town needs to turn it around…


Just tell us about what you would like to see on Sicily or if you have been, do you have any top tips for visitors? Do this by midnight UK time on 27th July! OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!

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  1. User: tripfiction

    Posted on: 28/07/2019 at 4:35 pm

    Emma E’s name came out of the hat!!!


  2. User: Alison Latham

    Posted on: 26/07/2019 at 10:17 pm

    It’s a magical party of the country, the light is beautiful and perfect for painting in!
    I’ve already fallen in love with it!!!!


  3. User: Kellie Collister

    Posted on: 26/07/2019 at 7:39 pm

    I would love to see Mount Etna and Cefalù


  4. User: Emma Ellams

    Posted on: 26/07/2019 at 3:50 pm

    I would love to do a food tour and try all the authentic Sicilian food!


  5. User: Adrian Bold

    Posted on: 26/07/2019 at 2:12 pm

    I would love to visit Mount Etna as it’s on my bucket list.


  6. User: helen sahl

    Posted on: 26/07/2019 at 11:10 am

    I would love to see the Sicilian food being made, I particularly want to try Granita, Arancini, Cassata and Cannoli. I would also love to learn some of the recipes.


  7. User: Thomas Riley

    Posted on: 26/07/2019 at 10:55 am

    cherry orchard


  8. User: Hannah Igoe

    Posted on: 25/07/2019 at 8:29 pm

    The cherry orchard sounds gorgeous!


  9. User: Adrian Lee

    Posted on: 25/07/2019 at 4:44 pm

    Mount Etna, we went about a week after it had erupted, fantastic


  10. User: Helen Jones

    Posted on: 23/07/2019 at 9:40 am

    Mount Etna has always fascinated me so would love to see


  11. User: Helen Clayton

    Posted on: 23/07/2019 at 8:06 am

    Punta Secca would be a must-as a huge fan of the late Andrea Camilleri I’d love to visit fictional ‘Marinella’ filmed there. Ragusa and all the amazing baroque buildings, followed by a lazy coastal village lunch!


  12. User: Claire Davies

    Posted on: 22/07/2019 at 6:29 pm

    I have never been to Sicily before but would love to visit this wonderful Italian Island – I have heard so much about it. I would love to see the sights, take in the atmosphere, speak to the locals, take in the culture. One of the places we would love to go and visit is Cefalù Castle. Thank you for the chance to win.


    1 Comment

    • User: andrewmorris51

      Posted on: 22/07/2019 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to post this comment, Claire. I’m lucky to have been to Sicily and can highly recommend Cefalu. It has real character, an old town teeming with life and a separate beach area for a more relaxed couple of hours. Good luck! TF’s Andrew


  13. User: Romana Richards

    Posted on: 22/07/2019 at 1:37 pm

    I am going to Sicily before long and would like to see Etna and Stromboli vocanoes, of course, the ruins at Agrigento and Taormina and maybe do a beach or two. Already been to Cefalu but would like to go again and also need to go to the nature reserve in Zingaro. I have 2 weeks spare and like ‘full on’ sightseeing so no doubt will also do lots more. I am also very much looking forward to the cuisine!


  14. User: Su

    Posted on: 21/07/2019 at 12:01 pm

    How authentic arancini are made.


  15. User: Maria F

    Posted on: 20/07/2019 at 4:52 pm

    I’d love to the gorgeous coastlines!


  16. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 20/07/2019 at 3:18 pm

    Would love to just potter around small villages soaking up the atmosphere.


  17. User: Ruth Harwood

    Posted on: 19/07/2019 at 8:02 am

    I would love to see the houses and the historical landmarks that this amazing island has to offer!


  18. User: milli

    Posted on: 19/07/2019 at 7:55 am

    I’d love to see some of the historical sites such as Agrigento Valley of the Temples, the Roman theatre of Taormina or the Baroque cities of Noto, Ragusa and Modica. The delicious food would be a big attraction, too.


  19. User: Annegret

    Posted on: 18/07/2019 at 10:42 am

    I would love to see Lemon trees!


  20. User: Helen Yendall

    Posted on: 18/07/2019 at 10:27 am

    I’ve never been but I’d love to go. The Valley of the Temples looks amazing but really I’d just love to go to soak up the sun, the scenery and sample the fabulous food and drink!


  21. User: Josephine Hartline

    Posted on: 17/07/2019 at 10:37 am

    Would love to visit one day to see where my ancestors came from.


  22. User: Patricia Bowley

    Posted on: 17/07/2019 at 8:41 am

    This beautiful Island is on my bucket list. I’ve never been but everything about it is so appealing. I’d love to see the wonderful coastline, views, find out about it’s history and the local people and of course enjoy their glorious the weather.


  23. User: Claire Woods

    Posted on: 17/07/2019 at 7:39 am

    I have never been but would love to see the Doric-style Greek temples.


  24. User: Laura Pritchard

    Posted on: 16/07/2019 at 8:07 pm

    I’d love to see the Doric-style Greek temples.


  25. User: David

    Posted on: 16/07/2019 at 2:16 pm

    Hello, I have never been to Sicily but if I was to go then I would love to see Mount Etna, I bet it is awesome.


  26. User: Annabel Greaves

    Posted on: 16/07/2019 at 1:08 pm

    I would love to visit Mount Etna


  27. User: Kat Robson

    Posted on: 16/07/2019 at 7:48 am

    I’d love to sit by the outdoor restaraunt and ppl watch smelling the divine lemon groves. Sipping on limoncello after Sunday climbing mount etna.


  28. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 15/07/2019 at 8:37 pm

    I’ve never been to Sicily but I imagine I would spend a lot of time on the beautiful beaches eating ice cream, pizza for dinner…bang goes the diet!
    I would take a trip to Mount Etna, too, couldn’t miss that!


  29. User: Kim Coate

    Posted on: 15/07/2019 at 7:37 pm

    I’d like to see Mount Etna


  30. User: Lindsey C

    Posted on: 15/07/2019 at 7:31 pm

    Sicily parkrun followed by a walk up Mount Etna are very high up on my wish list


  31. User: Carrie-Anne Brown

    Posted on: 15/07/2019 at 6:11 pm

    I have never been but have always wanted to! hopefully one day I will, I would love to look at their markets and the local wildlife


  32. User: ALYSON READ

    Posted on: 15/07/2019 at 4:55 pm

    Places mentioned in the Montalbano books.


  33. User: Sylvia Robbins

    Posted on: 15/07/2019 at 4:38 pm

    I should love to watch Palermo WIN a match as the home side in Palermo.


  34. User: Gill Lacey

    Posted on: 15/07/2019 at 4:15 pm

    Mount Etna is on my bucket list


  35. User: Pelin Bayer

    Posted on: 15/07/2019 at 3:26 pm

    I’ve been living in Ortigia for two years. This is such a beautiful place; history is dancing with the sea, people’s warmth is like the sun and of course incredibly delicious food. I invite everyone here !


  36. User: pete c

    Posted on: 15/07/2019 at 3:15 pm

    for me, I would love to stroll through the little villages and the markets they have there, before visiting the local coastline


  37. User: Angela Kelly

    Posted on: 15/07/2019 at 2:59 pm

    I have never been to Sicily. I have read books set there though, and they really made me want to try the food!


  38. User: Jackie Foster

    Posted on: 15/07/2019 at 2:31 pm

    I’ve never been but I’d love to visit Valley of the Temples, and the Byzantine mosaics , I watched a TV programme and have wanted to go ever since


  39. User: Anu Kauppinen

    Posted on: 15/07/2019 at 2:22 pm

    I fell in love 1987 when I was first time in Sicily, Giardini Naxos.
    That is a place where I go back all the time
    I have been there now 36 times.
    Every time I also visit Taormina.
    Waiting for next time 21.9.2019


  40. User: Darlene Niman

    Posted on: 15/07/2019 at 1:04 pm

    I love Sicily. I always stay in Giardini Naxos, the beach town below Taormina. Giardini Naxos has a train station and Taormina has buses that will take you to cities on the eastern side of the island, plus many tours.


  41. User: Lynn Brown

    Posted on: 15/07/2019 at 9:12 am

    I’ve never been but it is on my wishlist. I would love the guidebook to figure out what I need to see. I know I want to enjoy the lovely food and the gorgeous buildings.


  42. User: Julian Lees

    Posted on: 15/07/2019 at 12:16 am

    I’d love to visit the historic centre of Palermo which is now a UNESCO site.


  43. User: David Hilton

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 11:26 pm

    I’d love to go and see medieval Erice, but near Messina, on the way to Taormina, there is a hidden gem in the gorgeous countryside you should not miss: the
    San Pietro e Paolo di Casalvecchio Siculo 12th century fortress/church. It is characterized by a mix of Byzantine, Arab and Norman styles, and yes you can go inside to admire the ancient columns and domes. No tourists at all!


  44. User: Tracy D

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 10:39 pm



  45. User: Linda Smith

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 10:34 pm

    I’d love to see Mount Etna!


  46. User: Maureen Julian

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 9:59 pm

    I’ve never been but it is on my list of places I would love to visit. To read these would help me know what to look out for when I eventually get there.


  47. User: Linda Rumsey

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 9:35 pm

    It is worth going to Sicily for the wonderful food ☺


  48. User: Christine Taylor

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 9:30 pm

    We were in Scicily about 10 years ago and on Sundays loved how the locals dressed beautifully for a walk along the promenade! We’re going again in September.. So looking forward to our 2nd trip


  49. User: Solange

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 9:25 pm

    I’d love to go and visit Mount Etna.


  50. User: Jill Batchelor

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 9:19 pm

    Sicilian lemon groves!


  51. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 7:37 pm

    I know very little about Sicily so both books would give me a great flavour of the island!


  52. User: Fran Norris

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 7:31 pm

    Loved the ice cream and limoncello!


  53. User: Sheryl Hedervare

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 6:50 pm

    Pasta pasta and more pasta


  54. User: Sara Ainsworth

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 6:46 pm

    I would love to visit the beaches which look breathtaking. I also love Italian food so a trip to Sicily would be perfect for me.


  55. User: julie ryan

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 6:44 pm

    Would love to see Mount Etna – a childhood dream.


  56. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 6:40 pm

    I would love to see Mount Etna erupt from a very safe distance!


  57. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 6:32 pm

    I’d love to go and visit Mount Etna x


  58. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 6:31 pm

    The lemon Groves – truely amazing sight


  59. User: Bonnie Karoly

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 6:25 pm

    My daughter will be traveling to Sicily in September. She’s really looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to hearing from her about what she’s seen.


  60. User: Miriam Smith

    Posted on: 14/07/2019 at 6:13 pm

    The beautiful views….