The Villa in Italy

Author: Elizabeth Edmondson

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007343418

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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Escapist and completely absorbing, The Villa in Italy is the perfect, mouth-watering summer read.

The Villa in Italy

Author: Elizabeth Edmondson

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007223773

Category: Beneficiaries

Page: 426

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This is a marvellously atmospheric tale of strangers summoned to a grand but neglected villa on the Italian coast. Each of them has been named in a will, but nobody knows their benefactress... Four very different people are named in a will: Delia, an opera singer robbed of her voice by illness; George, an idealistic scientist who cannot face what his skills have created; Marjorie, desperately poor and unable to dislodge her writer's block; and Lucius, ostensibly in control but whose personal life is in chaos. All are summoned to the Villa Dante, home of the late Beatrice Malaspina. But who was she? While they wait to find out, the villa begins to work its seductive magic. With its faded frescoes, overgrown garden and magnificent mediaeval tower, it is unlike anywhere they have been before. Slowly, four characters who have gone to great lengths to hide their troubles find that change - and even hope - is possible after all. But, the mysterious Beatrice has a devastating secret to reveal that will affect them all! A beautiful evocation of Italy in the aftermath of World War Two, the personal consequences of living through such a time, and a celebration of humankind's ability to heal and learn to love again, this most absorbing novel will win Elizabeth Edmondson a host of new fans.

Finding Philippe

Author: Elizabeth Pewsey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780340718643

Category: France

Page: 256

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In the late 1940s, Vicky Hampden leaves the gloom of post-war London and goes to France to look for her wartime lover, Philippe d'Icère. Unsure if he's dead or alive, she's determined either to find him or to find out how and why he died. But stirring up the ghosts of war isn't always safe, and Vicky's powerful and sinister father sends a young lawyer, Julius Drummond, to find Vicky and make her return to England. However, Julius has his own reasons for being interested in the fate of Philippe d'Icère, and instead of persuading her to go home, he encourages Vicky in her search. Their inquiries lead them to the south of France, where memories of the Resistance and of collaborators are still fresh, and it is there that Vicky discovers not only how many people had reason to want Philippe dead, but just how far they are now prepared to go to prevent the truth being revealed.

The Villa Girls

Author: Nicky Pellegrino

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409122271

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Four friends, a sun-drenched escape, and a holiday that will change everything... THE VILLA GIRLS is the story of four young women who decide that wherever they are in the world and whatever they're doing they'll meet every few years for a holiday together somewhere sunny. Despite life taking them in very different directions, their snatched days in the sun in little hidden villas are crucial to them all. Escape, celebration, recovery - over the years the holidays change their lives. Rosie was always the odd one out - initially only invited as the others felt sorry for her, but it seems that in the end, she might be the one whose life is touched the most by her villa days. For it's there that she meets Enzo. The eldest son of an olive oil dynasty in southern Italy, he is being groomed to take over one day as head of the family. Rosie and Enzo have a holiday romance that seems set to become something more serious until she discovers he is not entirely what he seems. Years later they meet again and this time Rosie must decide how much she is prepared to compromise for the sake of love...

The Silent Fountain

Author: Victoria Fox

Publisher: MIRA

ISBN: 148802958X

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Hollywood, 1978 Tragedy sends troubled film star Vivien Lockhart into the arms of Giovanni Moretti—and it seems her fortunes have finally changed. Until she meets his sister and learns that her new husband’s past holds dark secrets… Tuscany, Present day Lucy Whittaker needs to disappear. But her new home, the crumbling Castillo Barbarossa, is far from the secluded paradise it seemed. Strange sounds come from the attic. The owner of the house will never meet her in person. The fountain in the courtyard is silent—but has never run dry. Across the decades, Vivien and Lucy find themselves trapped in the idyllic Italian villa. And if they are ever to truly escape its walls, they must first unearth its secrets…

Mistress of the Art of Death

Author: Ariana Franklin

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101206751

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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The national bestselling hit hailed by the New York Times as a "vibrant medieval mystery...[it] outdoes the competition." In medieval Cambridge, England, Adelia, a female forensics expert, is summoned by King Henry II to investigate a series of gruesome murders that has wrongly implicated the Jewish population, yielding even more tragic results. As Adelia's investigation takes her behind the closed doors of the country's churches, the killer prepares to strike again.

Bound to the Tuscan Billionaire

A Billionaire Romance

Author: Susan Stephens

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1488000697

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Nine months to claim what's his! For gardener Cassandra Rich, working in the foothills of Tuscany is the perfect way to escape her past. Until the man of the manor graces the villa with his presence and Cassandra with his attention. Marco di Fivizzano can't take his eyes off the delectable Cass. So when he requires a plus one for a gala, Marco will uncover who this fiery blonde is—over dinner, or in his bed! In Marco's arms, Cass blossoms, finding the freedom she's always craved…until she discovers she's pregnant and bound to the billionaire forever!

Her Mother's Secret

Escape to sunny France with the Number One bestselling author

Author: Rosanna Ley

Publisher: Quercus Publishing

ISBN: 9781786483416

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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Escape to the heart of beautiful, sun-drenched Brittany with the bestselling author of The Villa and The Little Theatre by the Sea. The perfect treat for fans of Santa Montefiore and Veronica Henry. For many years Colette has avoided returning to her homeland - the beautiful island of Belle-Île-en-Mer in Southern Brittany - afraid to confront the painful memories she left behind. She is living on the Cornish coast when she hears about her mother Thea's failing health and realises that the time has come for her to go home. But can Colette ever forgive Thea for what she has done? Despite Colette's wariness, romantic Belle-Île still fascinates her. She takes on the running of her mother's flower shop and makes friends with Élodie from the Old Lighthouse where Thea once worked as a nanny and with the enigmatic Étienne who shares Colette's mixed feelings about the island. As Thea opens up to her for the first time, Colette finds herself softening and being drawn back into the landscape of her past. But can Belle-Île also be a part of her future? The ghosts of that past still linger. What happened all those years ago and how did it cause the rift between mother and daughter? It becomes clear that the beauty of Belle-Île hides a devastating family secret - one that Colette is determined to unravel at any cost.

To Tuscany with Love

Author: Gail Mencini

Publisher: Capriole Group

ISBN: 193859200X

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Can one college semester abroad changethe course of your life? For Bella Rossini it did. Bella Rossini, a vivacious college junior, lands in jail overnight with acquaintances whom she mistakes for friends. Shipped off to Tuscany by her mother, Bella is suddenly thrust into living with seven strangers during one life-altering summer. Meet Hope, the sturdy and practical girl, steadfast in her loyalty to her boyfriend; Meghan and Karen, identical twins with an eye for fashion and beauty to match; Stillman, haunted by his hard past, and Phillip, an athlete, both fueled by competition; Lee, by family mandate in pre-med; and Rune, the Hollywood-bound wild child. All add sizzling chemistry and rebellious humor to the mix. In one whirlwind summer, while uncovering the charms of Italy, they discover both friendship and love. After their summer together, life—and loss—happens. Returning to Tuscany thirty years later, their dreams, anger, secrets, and disappointments create an emotional kaleidoscope. Their reunion sends them on a startling collision course that none of them could have predicted. Set against the allure of Tuscany, with an irresistible fusion of heartbreak and humor, this debut novel, To Tuscany with Love, explores the fear of letting the past determine the future and the power of friendship.

The Frozen Lake

Author: Elizabeth Edmondson

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007335164

Category: Family secrets

Page: 487

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Fabulous family saga of secrets held through two generations, set against the atmospheric background of the Lake District at Christmas

The Italian Wedding

Author: Nicky Pellegrino

Publisher: Orion

ISBN: 1409107027

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Two feuding families, two love stories - and a lot of delicious Italian food. Pieta Martinelli's sister is getting married. Since she is a bridal designer it falls to her to make the wedding gown. But Pieta is distracted by a series of unanswered questions. Why is her father feuding with another Italian in the neighbourhood? Why is her mother so faded and sad? And could the man she's always held a torch for really be getting married to someone else? As Pieta stitches and beads her sister's wedding gown she uncovers the secrets that have made her family what it is and that stand between her and happiness. THE ITALIAN WEDDING is a feast of food and love. It's about discovering who your parents really are. And who you really want to be.

The Summer Escape

An uplifting romantic summer read

Author: Lily Graham

Publisher: Bookouture

ISBN: 1910751855

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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It’s always summer on the island of Crete. After losing her fiancé, Ria’s life has been at a standstill. So nobody is more surprised than her when she makes the snap decision to run away to the Greek island of Crete, armed only with her passport. It turns out to be a brilliant idea. She soon starts working for eccentric novelist Caroline, and meets handsome vineyard owner Tom. And who couldn’t be charmed by the picture perfect island of Crete, complete with sea-front tavernas and sun-drenched olive groves? But soon there is trouble in paradise. As Ria gets to know Tom better, she unwittingly uncovers a tangled web of secrets, and a truth that someone will do anything to keep hidden. What’s more Ria carries her own secret, her own sadness about her past love, and as she and Tom grow closer will this stop her from grabbing her own chance at happiness with both hands? Sometimes running away is how you find yourself … A wonderful romantic read, perfect for fans of Miranda Dickinson and Lucy Diamond, about having the courage to follow your heart and fall in love again. What readers are saying about The Summer Escape: 'Beautiful scenery and sympathetic characters made this an outstanding read’ For the Love of Books ‘Where do I begin - a heartwarming summer read. I was pulled into the story from the heartbreaking beginning to the happily ever after ending.’ One Book at a Time ‘The Summer Escape’ is a book about love, dreams, second chances, but more importantly; truth. It is such an unpredictable read which will have you captivated by the end of the first chapter.' The Writing Garnet 'Five out of five stars. A really enjoyable read, this book had it all for me ...loveable, warm believable characters, a great plot and the Greek ambience was perfect for my rainy Sunday escape!' Shellyback Books ‘A wonderful, moving and soul-searching story that almost had me booking a holiday to Crete.’ Nadine Matheson

Under an Amber Sky: A Gripping Emotional Page Turner You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

Author: Rose Alexander

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008206848

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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‘Under an Amber Sky is simply Sublime. I was cast under a spell and was completely enthralled. Definitely a feast of different emotions. I loved it!’ - Dash Fan, Blogger From the bestselling author of GARDEN OF STARS comes a heartwarming and emotional story of hope and second chances.

The Secrets of Villa Rosso

Author: Linn B. Halton

Publisher: HarperImpulse

ISBN: 9780008261283

Category: Businesswomen

Page: 400

View: 6833

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Some places stay with you forever... When Ellie Maddison is sent on a business trip to Southern Italy, she's reminded why she loves her job - set amongst rolling vineyards and rich olive groves, the beautiful Villa Rosso is the perfect escape from her life back home. But what Ellie isn't prepared for is the instant connection she feels to the estate's director Max Jackson, or the secrets they share that are as intertwined as the rambling vines that cover Villa Rosso. It's not long before Ellie finds herself entangled in the history of the place, trying to understand the undeniable effect Max is having on her. As their relationship grows, what will Ellie discover about this idyllic villa and those who have walked through its doors? What started as a simple work trip will change Ellie's life forever.

The Rose Labyrinth

Author: Titania Hardie

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416586032

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Now in trade paperback, a mystical fiction debut from Britain’s bestselling “Favorite White Witch” that takes readers on a romantic journey from Elizabethan England to modern-day London where a centuries-old secret awaits. Before his death in 1609, Queen Elizabeth’s spiritual consultant, astrologer, and scientific advisor John Dee hid many of his most astonishing written works, believing that the world was not yet prepared to face the shocking truths that they revealed. For seventeen generations, his female descendants have carefully guarded the secret of his hiding place, waiting for the right moment to bring Dee’s ideas to light. That time is now. In The Rose Labyrinth, popular British author Titania Hardie masterfully blends historical fact and fiction as she introduces readers to Lucy King, a beautiful, young documentary producer based in London. With the help of a brilliant group of friends, Lucy races through London, France, and New York to decipher the clues that will eventually lead her to the hidden treasure of the Rose Labyrinth. Along the way she finds true love with Alex Stafford, the doctor who saw her through a life-threatening heart condition and transplant. A sweeping adventure for readers who loved The Da Vinci Code and The Expected One, The Rose Labyrinth is a decadent, romantic novel with a historical twist. It features a wonderful mix of literary references, from Shakespeare, to the Romantic poets, to Gabriel Garcia Marquez; the folklore and history of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Paganism; and of course, astrology and numerology, of which Titania Hardie is an expert. As the Rose Labyrinth tells us, the world we think we know is not all that it appears to be.

The Good European

Nietzsche's Work Sites in Word and Image

Author: David Farrell Krell,Donald L. Bates

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226452784

Category: Philosophy

Page: 255

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Through photographs and translations of Friedrich Nietzsche's evocative writings on his work sites, David Farrell Krell and Donald L. Bates explore the cities and landscapes in which Nietzsche lived and worked. "A brilliant juxtaposition of life and thought. . . . The sympathy of this pictorial biography is rivaled by few books on Nietzsche."—Charles M. Stang, Boston Book Review "[A] distinguished addition to the Nietzsche-friendly corpus."—Alain de Botton, Los Angeles Times Book Review "An odd and oddly endearing record of Nietzsche's travels."—John Banville, New York Review of Books

Racing the Sun

A Novel

Author: Karina Halle

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476796440

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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After six months of backpacking and soul-searching across the world, Amber MacLean is flat broke. There are worse places for a twentysomething to be stuck than the Amalfi Coast, but the only way she can earn enough money for a plane ticket home to California is to teach English to two of the brattiest children she has ever met. It doesn't help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, the young master of the crumbling villa tests Amber's patience and will at every turn--not to mention her hormones. When her position turns into a full-time nanny gig, Amber grows dangerously closer to the enigmatic recluse. But can she give up the certainty of home for someone whose closely guarded heart feels a world apart from her own?

Brother of the More Famous Jack

A Novel

Author: Barbara Trapido

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 162040723X

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Back in print, the debut novel that redefined the coming-of-age genre, now with an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Maria Semple. Ask today's favorite novelists what books influenced their writing and you'll hear Brother of the More Famous Jack again and again.Worn dog-eared copies of this long out-of-print novel are highly prized and shared enthusiastically in literary circles-its return to print is cause for celebration. Stylish, suburban Katherine is eighteen when she is propelled into the heart of Professor Jacob Goldman's rambling home and his large eccentric family. As his enchanting yet sharp-tongued wife, Jane, gives birth to her sixth child, Katherine meets beautiful, sulky Roger and his volatile younger brother, Jonathan. Inevitable heartbreak sends her fleeing to Rome, but ten years later, older and wiser, she returns to find the Goldmans again.

A Man of Some Repute

Author: Elizabeth Edmondson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781477829349

Category: Fiction

Page: 293

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Truth is rarely pure and never simple… Selchester Castle in 1953 sits quiet and near-empty, its corridors echoing with glories of the past. Or so it seems to intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth, wounded on a secret mission and now reluctantly assuming an altogether less perilous role at Selchester. The Castle's faded grandeur hides a web of secrets and scandals—the Earl has been missing for seven years, lost without a trace since the night he left his guests and walked out into a blizzard. When a skeleton is uncovered beneath the flagstones of the Old Chapel, the police produce a suspect and declare the case closed. Hugo is not convinced. With the help of the spirited Freya Wryton, the Earl's niece, he is drawn back into active service, and the ancient town of Selchester is dragged into the intrigues and conspiracies of the Cold War era. With a touch of Downton Abbey, a whisper of Agatha Christie and a nod to Le Carré,A Man of Some Repute is the first book in this delightfully classic and witty murder mystery series.