Suzy Approved Book Tour Review: The House By The Cypress Trees by Elena Mikalsen

Posted 23 September, 2019 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in 2019 Reads, Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Suzy Approved Book Tour Review: The House By The Cypress Trees by Elena Mikalsen
Title: The House by the Cypress Trees
Author: Elena Mikalsen
Published by The Wild Rose Press Inc
Date Published: 2 September, 2019
Pages: 342
Genres: Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Author, Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Julia Ramos, in Italy to find her birth mother, rescues a dog, is nearly run over by a handsome Brit, and gets evicted from her rental apartment. Not a perfect trip.

Daniel Stafford wants to visit his family in Tuscany—after his girlfriend dumps him for their Italian driver, he botches a work presentation in Rome, and an assertive American falls in front of his car.

When their two disastrous lives collide, they end up sleeping on the side of the road. Falling in love with Italy—and each other—is the least of their concerns.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Author/Author, Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.

My Thoughts
I have always wanted to travel to Italy. My father was in the Navy and was stationed in Italy for some time and my aunt and uncle lived there during their military career. So, I have always heard lots of amazing stories about the culture there. I was excited to read this book by Dr. Mikalsen because, due to health reasons, I will never get to visit Italy. Upon opening this beautiful book, I was instantly taken to the heart of the story and felt as though I got to be there, in the middle of Italy, just like my dad and uncle got to be. Oh and let’s not forget to eat before reading this book because Mikalsen will leave you hungering for delicious Italian food!
Julia Ramos and Daniel Stafford are both wonderfully chiseled characters! I loved how Mikalsen created their chance encounter when Daniel nearly ran her over! The attraction between them could be felt as if I was right there standing next to them. Nothing is seeming to go right for either of them while they are in Italy, and it just doesn’t seem like the universe is going to help ease their predicaments with all the misunderstandings, the sparks flying and interference from family! But, one night stranded on the side of the road, may be just what they need.
With vivid details of the country side of Italy, and two characters who are from two separate worlds, yet fall into each others paths, and a plot line filled with emotional moments, this is a beautifully written, page turning novel that I highly recommend! Britain, Italy and America collide, quite literally,  in this romantic roller coaster ride of a story. It’s 4 star worthy, and I look forward to reading it again and again.

About Elena Mikalsen

I am a Women’s Fiction/Romance author. I write books about smart women in extraordinary circumstances. WRAPPED IN THE STARS was short-listed for the Del Sol First Novel Prize in 2017.

I am somewhat obsessive about travel, but, when I am at home, in San Antonio, I can be found browsing through bookstores or antique shops with my husband and two children.

When not writing stories, I am a Pediatric Psychologist helping children with chronic medical illness.

I blog on issues of mental health for teens and adults at

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