The Italian Villa
Inspired by true events, and for fans of The Beekeeper’s Promise and The Tuscan Child, comes a passionate, heartbreaking and absolutely unputdownable story of two remarkable women, separated by history, finding the courage to look for light in the darkest places.
As she staggers through the woods towards the smoky remains of her village, she sees the wounded, all those familiar faces covered in blood and ashes, and remembers she isn’t just a woman; she is a doctor, and she is needed…
1938 – A young Italian couple cling to each other in the shadow of the Montevino mountains, Mussolini’s call to war ringing in their ears. They vow to stay together, no matter what, and hatch a plan to wed in secret before fleeing to the woods to join the resistance.
Present Day – Callie Di Giacomo, a waitress from Texas, is still reeling from the discovery that she is adopted when she arrives in Montevino in search of answers – the keys to the stunning hillside villa she just inherited clutched tightly in her hand. In her birth mother’s wardrobe grief-stricken Callie finds a diary belonging to a woman named Elisa Stella, one of Italy’s first ever female students of medicine, wrapped in pale blue ribbon.
Page by page, Callie unravels the story of a passionate young doctor who risked everything to marry her sweetheart, who was betrayed by her own people, and forced into hiding as Montevino was invaded. Elisa knew she must survive against all odds to see her loved ones again. But history had other plans…
As the diary ends, a startling revelation about who Elisa was offers a chance for Callie to heal past wounds and spark a new future. But is she brave enough to take it?
This unforgettable story of love, loss and resilience by the author of million-copy Amazon No 1. bestseller, Watch Over Me, is perfect for anyone who loved The Letter, The Tattooist of Auschwitz or The Dressmaker’s Gift.
Lose your heart, find your home
Italian historical romances
Come to sunny Italy with Callie to look for her family and a place called home, and help her discover Elisa's story during the turmoil of World War II.
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What readers say:
‘Poignant, unique, one of the best books I've read.’ The Sun
‘Take your time when you read this, absorb every word, because it's totally and utterly worth it.’ Book Love Bug
‘The most touching and emotional book I've read this year ... such a delicate and beautiful read… you can't help but fall into the storyline from the first page.’ Rea’s Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘Endearing characters that both break and capture the heart… stunning… beautiful fiction that feeds the soul.’ Daily Record
‘It has been a very long time, if ever, that I have read a book so beautifully written and been so absolutely spellbound.’ Room for Reading, 5 stars
‘I defy you not to fall in love with the place, the characters and the writing.’ Lisa Reads Books
‘The romance and emotion oozes from the page… blew me away.’ Compelling Reads