One of the best trips I’ve ever taken was to Italy, particularly Tuscany. Oh the beauty, the people, the food… Elena Mikalsen, novel THE HOUSE BY THE CYPRESS TREES is a delightful novel about amore in Tuscany. Enjoy!

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 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. I enjoy working with the media due to my expertise in managing anxiety, stress, and parenting issues. I provide consultation to authors on writing about mental health.

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44 thoughts on “THE HOUSE by the CYPRESS TREES by Elena Mikalsen – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

    1. I am currently reading an ARC called Starting Over at Blueberry Creek by Annie Rains. I love reading it because it is part of the Sweetwater Springs Series and it makes me feel happy and that the world isn’t so bad off. There is no murders or bad stuff in this series. Thank you for the chance.


  1. This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. A wonderfully story that is beautifully written. Might be one of my favs this year. !

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  2. Just finished Cartier’s Hope. I love historical fiction because I learn a lot as the authors really do their research. I also liked it because it’s kind of about jewelry and I come from a family of jewelers!💍💎

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  3. Currently reading a NetGalley of Dear Edward. It has opened my heart to the PTSD struggle.
    I so want to read this lovely story. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  4. I just finished reading a short story by Bette Lee Crosby call A Home in Hopeful. It an introduction of the character Canasta from her book spare change. I enjoyed it tremendously and want to learn more about Canasta so I will definitely be getting the book Spare Change.
    Thank you for the opportunity

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  5. I’m reading Surfside Sisters by Nancy Thayer. It’s such a special book about friendship, love and finding one’s true self. Also reading Scarlets of Ribbon which is an absolutely incredible story about the French Revolution and the brave, courageous men and women, especially the women, who fought not just for womens’ rights, but for the rights of the underprivileged.

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  6. I’m reading Dark Sacred Night, by Michael Connelly, and I’m enjoying it because this author is my favorite….love his writing style, characters, and stories.

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  7. I am currently reading an ARC called Starting Over at Blueberry Creek by Annie Rains. I love it because it is part of the Sweetwater Springs series and it makes me feel like the world isn’t in such a big mess. There is no murders or anything bad in this series. Thank you for the chance.


  8. Almost finished reading We Were Beautiful. It portrays how we hide the scars on the inside & how sometimes those scars show through, & we can’t hide them from the world anymore.

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  9. This book sounds like a very good romantic story! I love the cover . Right now I am reading “Once Upon a Dickins Christmas” it has 3 stories in it, I am halfway with the first story and I am loving it, it is a story of forgiveness and love. Thank you for sharing this book review. God Bless you.

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  10. Besides inspirational reading, I am currently reading a lot of reference and educational stuff..
    My household would enjoy this one too!! 🤞🍀👍😀

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  11. I am reading Precious Lies by Autumn Winchester. It is about a teenager, that was kidnapped at 4yrs old, being rescued and overcoming years of physical and sexual abuse.

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  12. I’m currently rereading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Every year or so, I reread the entire Harry Potter series, because sometimes I need to escape!


  13. Currently listening to an audio book of The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman and reading A Thousand Roads Home by Carmel Harrington. Enjoy both books very much. Thanks for the chance.


  14. Visiting Italy is on my bucket list! I’m currently reading The Whisper Man by Alex North for the Halloween season. Thank you for the chance!


  15. I’m currently reading The Flatshare by Beth O’Oleary. I love it because it’s a great, fun romance that is keeps me smiling.


  16. The Murder List, Hank Phillippi Ryan. It’s a greatly written who done it, courtroom/relationship thriller.


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