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A glamorous love story set along the Italian Riviera about a group of Bright Young Things aboard a yacht who all have secrets and pasts they try desperately—and dangerously—to hide.

Rome, 1953: Hal, an itinerant journalist, has come to the city to lose himself and to seek absolution for an accident during the war which haunts him. He lives from job to job, from story to story, until one evening he finds himself on the steps of a palazzo, walking into a world of privilege and light. Here he meets Stella, the reluctant wife of an American investor and a fellow outcast in a city far from home.

Together, they escape the crowded party, and quickly find a place where they can imagine a different life, even if it’s just for a night. They share their secrets, and feel a great spark of romance between them. Yet they are certain that their fates are already cast, and their paths won’t cross again.

But a year later they are unexpectedly thrown together, after Hal is 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 gathered to promote a new movie funded by Stella’s husband and directed by an iconic hero of the budding Art House scene.

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, they sail towards a tragic fate.

An irresistibly entertaining and evocative novel, 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.

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  • 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
  • Pop this tale of love, secrets and obsession right into your beach bag. People
  • "Certain that they'll never meet again, journalist Hal and socialite Stella indulge in an illicit rendezvous. But when they're reunited on a yacht in Cannes a year later, temptation is everywhere. Cosmopolitan
  • "Lucy Foley crafts a subtle, dramatic story of guilt, desire and long-held secrets.... Lushly described settings and Foley's keen but compassionate eye for her characters combines to make The Invitation a beautiful, bittersweet journey of loss and redemption. Shelf Awareness

  • 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
  • Richly atmospheric and emotionally resonant, The Invitation is a compelling love story that takes us far beyond the alluring Italian coast and the film festival at Cannes to a darker place, where the wounds of war are still fresh, and secrets hide just below the water's surface. Lucy Foley's lavish depictions both immerse and transport, inviting us to cruise along with this glamorous and enigmatic cast of unforgettable characters. A great read. Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader
  • I loved THE INVITATION. Foley has such a visceral writing style, and her rich descriptions made me feel as if I could dive into this book and be amongst the glittering characters in the Italian sun. A beautifully complex and vivid story, full of repressed longing and secrets. An absolutely enchanting tale. Lucinda Riley, New York Times bestselling author of The Orchid House
  • 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
  • I love The Invitation. The setting is so powerfully evoked that I found myself browsing holidays on the Italian Riviera for days. But while it definitely ticks all the boxes for those after a glamorous, mid-century romance, it's actually much more than that, with dark, sensuous undercurrents that lingered on in my mind, long after I'd reluctantly left Stella and Hal behind. Kate Riordan, author of The Shadow Hour
  • A seductive love tale set on the Italian Riviera in the 1950s Sunday Times Style (UK)
  • The perfect summer read... Gorgeously compelling Good Housekeeping (UK)
  • Oozes glamour... Lush, romantic and cleverly crafted - a brainy beach read to relish Sunday Mirror (UK)
  • “Wildly romantic and very enjoyable; a super debut.”

    Daily Mail

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