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Title:The Italian Villa
Author: Daniela Sacerdoti
Published: February 17th, 2020
A story where the past and present collide in unexpected ways . . . . with romance at the heart of it all.
It is Callie Di Giacomo’s twenty-first birthday when she learns she had been adopted and that her biological parents have left her a villa in Montevino, Italy. Callie, who thought all her family had died when her parents were killed, travels to discover if any of her family are still living there. Amongst the papers she has inherited is a diary which reveals events from the second world war. As she learns more about Elisa Stella she is intrigued by her story. Meanwhile, her reception in Montevino isn’t as welcoming as she’d hoped and it is only through her persistence that she manages to unravel the truth behind her own past and find her biological family, help right a wrong and find romance.
This is an emotive family story from two different eras. As they differing threads are slowly untangled, a heartwarming, moving story emerges. It has fantastic characters and is a real page turner. I definitely didn’t want to put it down until I’d finished it! The use of the diary to explain the past is used skilfully, linking current and historical events and bringing all the scenarios to life. Some of it is heartbreaking but love is at the heart of it and the ending is absolutely brilliant!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and, having chosen to read it, I have to say I have no hesitation in highly recommending it as it is an engaging read!
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.