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The Invitation

A Novel

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The world’s darkest hour had made her a ghost. Only he can see the light…

Rome, 1953: Hal and Stella meet by chance, two outcasts in a city far from home. Or perhaps it was the hand of the gods that night as the Eternal City welcomed the beautiful elite to its rooftops. It’s a bright awakening for Hal, he believes he’s found the love of his life – his Stella, his star.

To his dismay, the mysterious girl disappears as quickly as she swept in, and Hal’s life as a journalist falls back into its familiar routine. But when he’s asked by an Italian Contessa to assist on a trip of a lifetime – acting as the reporter on a tremendous yacht, skimming its way along the Italian Riviera towards Cannes film festival, the most famous movie stars and directors of the day as its cargo – Hal can’t believe his good fortune. Especially when a familiar beauty becomes passenger.

Yet not all that glitters is gold, for many secret histories lurk beneath the surface of these Bright Young Things. Stella is bound to a powerful and profoundly dangerous man, and as Hal’s obsession grows with every passing wave, they sail closer towards a tragic fate.

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Critical Praise

“Can I find words eloquent enough to describe this novel? Lucy Foley’s THE INVITATION is so exquisite in its writing that it may take a place among the classics-but it was the combination of the glittering, glamorous setting and the magnetic characters that mesmerized me. This book is luminous.” —Elin Hilderbrand, bestselling author of Here's To Us

“THE INVITATION is a riveting, dazzling romance, set in the most beautiful places on earth. I wanted to go wherever Lucy Foley took me.” —Anton DiSclafani, New York Times-bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls and The After Party

“Glamorous and romantic and bittersweet all at once, this is a fabulous story with such wonderful, intelligent prose.” —Beatriz Williams, New York Times-bestselling author of A Hundred Summers

“In her second novel, Foley weaves a very satisfying love story, and readers will be especially taken by the luxurious Mediterranean setting.” —Publishers Weekly

“Pop this tale of love, secrets and obsession right into your beach bag.” —People

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443451031
  • ISBN 10: 1443451037
  • Imprint: HarperAvenue
  • On Sale: 08/02/2016
  • Pages: 432
  • List Price: 24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Romance / Historical / 20th Century
  • BISAC2: FICTION / General
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Sagas

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