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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780875045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780875040
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,464,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Beautifully written, warm and romantic ... The perfect holiday read' Rachel Hore, author of A Gathering Storm. 'The Villa will stay with you long after you've devoured this tale of family feuds, secrets and passion, Sicilian-style ... Romantic, escapist and mouthwatering, it has everything you could wish for in a summer read. Delicious' Veronica Henry, author of The Beach Hut. 'A warm and passionate story that is as beguiling as the aromatic tastes and scents of Sicily itself ... Richly written, always engrossing. The perfect summer read' Kate Furnivall, author of The White Pearl. 'This story about three women of different ages makes a great summer holiday read!' Star magazine. 'Vividly written with a compelling storyline, this is top escapism' Closer. 'Rosanna Ley is a wonderfully talented writer who will appeal to fans of Cathy Kelly, Rachel Hore and Rosamunde Pilcher. I can't wait to read more from this author' Lisa books. 'A gorgeous, mouth-watering dream of a holiday read' Red Online. 'This summer read will keep you enthralled' Bella. 'It is rare to find a book that offers mystery, adventure, romance and self-help, but somehow Ley has managed it perfectly' Chick Lit Club.

About the Author

Rosanna Ley has worked as a creative tutor for over twelve years, leading workshops in the UK and abroad, and has completed an MA in creative writing. Her writing holidays and retreats take place in stunning locations in Italy and Spain. Rosanna has written numerous articles and stories for national magazines. When she is not travelling, Rosanna lives in West Dorset by the sea.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maximus on July 28, 2013
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I fell in love with this book could not put it down Love the history of Sicily The author describes the scenery so beautifull that u can actualy picture it Can't wait for her next book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Celia van Zyl on September 6, 2012
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"The Villa" is an enjoyable read - read it for leisure. Perfect for a holiday or a weekend read. I felt like I could feel the atmosphere of Sicily through the emotions of the main character. The novel contains a little bit of history, a little bit of geography, a little bit of crime and a whole lot of personal drama - very entertaining!
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By LindyLouMac on October 31, 2014
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I was not aware of this author until very recently, when her writing was recommended to me. Unfortunately I cannot recall who it was that suggested I might enjoy her novels. Well whoever it was you were right! As soon as I looked her up I immediately purchased the three titles available on Amazon. This is the first one I have read, earliest one published in 2012. A perfect summer read and set in Italy, what more could I ask for. A delightful read and I will be reading the next two just as soon as I can.

Three intertwining stories of three generations of women, Tess Angel the main protagonist, her mother Flavia and her daughter Ginny. The novel begins as Tess receives a solicitors letter telling her that she has inherited a villa in Sicily. Despite her mother being Sicilian this comes as a complete shock as her mother Falvia left the island as a young girl and has never returned, so why has Tess been left a villa. One of the conditions of the inheritance is that she has to go over there, despite her mothers reservations this is of course what she does. She falls in love with the villa and meets some interesting Sicilians that will be able to help her unravel the mystery of why her mother cut all ties with her homeland during World War II. Meanwhile back in the UK we have the parallel stories of Tess's mother and daughter both of whom are stressed out, the former with secrets she has long kept from her daughter and the latter with the difficulties of becoming a young woman with lots of questions that she cannot get the answers to.

I thoroughly enjoyed this very readable story devouring it on the plane on a recent trip and am already planning to read two more novels by this author, that I have already purchased for my Kindle. Bay of Secrets and Return to Mandalay what more recommendations do you need to try this author for yourself.
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An easy read, that kept me completely captivated. I enjoyed the way the different elements of the current emotional issues, the past romantic drama and the historical suspense elements all combined together
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By Sarahg on April 19, 2014
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This was a really enjoyable read. I found it a real page turner and fantastic to escape to. Would definitely recommend this book.
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By K. Burns on April 11, 2014
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Ok. Easy holiday read. A bit 'wordy' in places. Repetition

I wanted a little bit more travelogue of Sicily. The mother's early years story was good.
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By Mev NC Cilliers on July 1, 2013
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I really enjoyed the book. Swearing was uncalled for, but not used too often. The story of the 3 main characters are inter linked and I could not put it down. Highly recommended.
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By L. M. Dillon on June 24, 2013
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Stories that transport me to another place interest me when my brain needs a breather. Add to that a bit of mystery and intrigue and a good dose of romance and I have the perfect recipe for a holiday read.
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