Lucy Foley

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The Invitation

book | Fiction | 2016

Rome, 1950s. One fateful night, Hal Jacobs meets Stella, a beautiful society darling from New York. To Hal, flailing in the post-war darkness, she’s a point of light. They’re from different worlds, but both trying and failing to carve out a new life.

Stella vanishes all too quickly, until a curious invitation from an Italian Contessa reels her back into Hal’s world. They join the Contessa’s collection of luminaries on a yacht headed for Cannes film festival.

The scene on board is a fiction - scars from the war can be hidden yet not healed. Everyone is hiding a dark history, but Stella’s secrets run the deepest. Compelled by her fragile beauty, Hal is determined to bring back the girl she once was, the girl who’s been confined to history.

The Invitation is an epic love story that will transport you from the glamour of the Italian Riviera, to the darkness of war-torn Spain, and to a golden - if rather haunted - time. Perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Victoria Hislop.


Katie McGowan manages the translation rights for The Invitation

Film Rights


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Audio Rights


The audio rights are handled by Alice Lutyens.


A seductive love tale

Sunday Times Style

Glamour, secrets and danger makes this a gorgeous summer read

Woman & Home

Sultry escapist fiction at its best – 5*


The perfect summer read… Gorgeously compelling

Good Housekeeping

Oozes glamour… Lush, romantic and cleverly crafted – a brainy beach read to relish

Sunday Mirror

I loved The Invitation . . . I could dive into this book. A beautifully complex and vivid story, full of repressed longing and secrets. An absolutely enchanting tale

Lucinda Riley

So powerfully evoked . . . with dark, sensuous undercurrents that lingered on in my mind, long after I'd reluctantly left Stella and Hal behind

Kate Riordan

Film crew, Italian Riviera, 1950s. What part of that does not appeal?


A seductive love tale

Sunday Times Style

Full of mystery and long-reaching shadows of the past . . . richly drawn and compelling

Rosanna Ley

This epic love story is an unputdownable summer read


If you like Victoria Hislop you’ll love the seductive and heady The Invitation


Foley weaves a very satisfying love story . . . readers will be taken by the luxurious Mediterranean setting

Publishers Weekly

I loved every page – it's vividly written and utterly absorbing

Iona Grey

An utterly seductive story depicting forbidden love and loss in 1950s Italy. The perfect beach read this summer

Louise O’Neill

Glamorous and romantic and bittersweet all at once . . . a fabulous story

Beatriz Williams

It's a beautiful, compulsive and glamorous read – perfect for long summer days

Lucy Clarke

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Luke Speed

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