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About Siobhan Daiko
Siobhan Daiko is an international bestselling historical romantic fiction author. A lover of all things Italian, she lives in the Veneto region of northern Italy with her husband, a Havanese dog and two rescued cats. After a life of romance and adventure in Hong Kong, Australia and the UK, Siobhan now spends her time writing and living her best life near Venice. You can find her on Facebook: Asolando Books, Twitter: @siobhandaiko and email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bologna, Italy, 1944, and the streets are crawling with German soldiers. Nineteen-year-old Leila Venturi is shocked into joining the Resistance after her beloved best friend Rebecca, the daughter of a prominent Jewish businessman, is ruthlessly deported to a concentration camp.
In the spring of 1981, exchange student Rhiannon Hughes arrives in Bologna to study at the university. There, she rents a room from Leila, who is now middle-aged. Leila’s nephew, Gianluca, offers to show Rhiannon around but Leila warns her off him.
Soon Rhiannon finds herself being drawn into a web of intrigue. What is Gianluca's interest in a far-right group? And how is the nefarious leader of this group connected to Leila? As dark secrets emerge from the past, Rhiannon is faced with a terrible choice. Will she take her courage into both hands and risk everything?
Perfect for fans of Rhys Bowen, Fiona Valpy, and Victoria Hislop.
PRAISE FOR SIOBHAN DAIKO
“I was completely absorbed by both the present and past stories, all the characters and intrigue,” Angela Petch, bestselling author of The Tuscan Secret.
‘This is a beautiful story with a compelling historical storyline that you won't want to put down,’ Ann Bennett, bestselling author of The Orphan House.
‘Siobhan Daiko will tug at your heartstrings, and leave you desperate for more,’ Ellie Yarde, The Coffee Pot Book Club.
‘This was one of those I never want it to end books,’ Goodreads Reviewer
In 1970, Gina Bianchi returns to the beautiful Italian resort of Portofino to attend her father’s funeral, accompanied by her troubled twenty-four-year-old daughter, Hope.
There, Gina is beset by vivid memories of World War 2, a time when she joined the Resistance and her identical twin sister, Adele, worked for the Germans.
In her childhood bedroom, Gina reads Adele’s diary, left behind during the war. As Gina learns the shocking truth about her sister, she’s compelled to face the harsh realities of her own past.
Will she finally lay her ghosts to rest, or will they continue to haunt her and the family she loves?
For readers of Rhys Bowen, Fiona Valpy, and Victoria Hislop.
PRAISE FOR SIOBHAN DAIKO
"I was totally blown away," Netgalley reviewer
"If you are after quality historical fiction, this author is someone whose books you should be reading," Goodreads reviewer
"The writing was really good with well developed characters and a great storyline," Netgalley reviewer
From award-winning author Siobhan Daiko comes an epic novel of love, betrayal, and finding where you truly belong.
Lidia De Angelis has kept a low profile since Mussolini's laws wrenched her from her childhood sweetheart. But when the Germans occupy Venice in 1943, she must flee the city to save her life.
Lidia joins the partisans in the Venetian mountains, where she meets David, an English soldier fighting for the same cause. As she grows closer to him, harsh German reprisals and Lidia’s own ardent patriotic activities threaten to tear them apart.
Decades later in London, while sorting through her grandmother’s belongings after her death, Charlotte discovers a Jewish prayer book, unopened letters written in Italian, and a fading photograph of a group of young people in front of the Doge’s Palace.
Intrigued by her grandmother’s refusal to talk about her life in Italy before and during the war, Charlotte travels to Venice in search of her roots, There, she learns not only the devastating truth about her grandmother’s past, but also some surprising truths about herself.
Perfect for readers of Rhys Bowen, Fiona Valpy and Victoria Hislop.
PRAISE FOR SIOBHAN DAIKO
'...a beautiful story with a compelling historical storyline that you won't want to put down,' Ann Bennett, bestselling author of The Orphan House.
‘Siobhan Daiko will tug at your heartstrings, and leave you desperate for more,’ Ellie Yarde.
The Coffee Pot Book Club.
‘One of my absolute favourite books and a must read for those who love a great escape into historical fiction,’ Goodreads Reviewer.
In the early summer of 1939, dashing young William Burton and the beautiful Constance Han set sail on the same ocean liner to Hong Kong.
Romance blossoms while they enjoy games of deck quoits and spend sultry evenings dancing under the stars. Connie is intrigued by Will’s talent for writing poetry, and she offers to give him Cantonese lessons to help him with his new job— a cadet in the colonial service.
But once in Hong Kong, Connie is constrained by filial duty towards her Eurasian parents, and their wish for her to marry someone from her own background. She can't forget Will however, and arranges to meet him in secret under the magnificent canopy of a flame of the forest tree— where she fulfills her promise to teach him to speak Chinese.
Before too long, war looms as Japanese forces gather on the border between Hong Kong and mainland China. Will joins a commando group operating behind enemy lines, and Connie becomes involved in the fight against local fifth columnists.
Soon they find themselves drawn into a wider conflict than their battle against prejudice. Can they survive and achieve a future together? Or do forces beyond their control keep them forever apart?
Perfect for readers of Dinah Jefferies, Ann Bennett and Janet McLeod Trotter
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PRAISE FOR SIOBHAN DAIKO
"Siobhan Daiko will tug at your heartstrings, and leave you desperate for more," Ellie Yarde, The Coffee Pot Book Club.
"Daiko is an author you’ll want to add to your historical fiction favourites," Netgalley Reviewer
From international bestselling author Siobhan Daiko comes Lady of Venezia, a story that will captivate you and transport you to Italy past and present.
Perfect for readers of Barbara Erskine, Sarah Dunant and Kate Mosse.
Heartbroken after the loss of her fiancé, Fern travels to her aunt’s house in Italy to find peace and solace. There, overcome by the beauty of the landscape and consumed by a history she finds fascinating, Fern is catapulted into the life of the beautiful but reckless Cecilia, a sixteenth century lady of Venice.
The closer Fern comes to discovering why Cecilia appears to be pulling her back in time, the more echoes of the past reverberate in the present.
When past and present collide, throwing both Fern and Cecilia into deadly danger, can Fern stay safe and come to terms with her own past?
Praise for Siobhan Daiko
‘…an effortless and highly entertaining read.’ Ann Bennett, bestselling author of The Orphan House.
‘Loved this beautiful, evocative and sensuous book.' Renita D'Silva, bestselling author of Monsoon Memories.
‘This book ticked all the right boxes for me: Italy, history, art, passion, intrigue - all things that I love to read and learn about.’ Read and Relax Reviews.
From international bestselling author Siobhan Daiko, comes "The Orchid Tree", a delightful mix of adventure, romance and tragic modern history.
Hong Kong 1941 and the streets are filled with Japanese soldiers. Two young people are brought together then separated by terrible cruelty.
Fifteen-year-old Kate lives a rarefied life of wealth and privilege in the pre-war Hong Kong expatriate community, but when the Japanese invade she’s interned in squalid Stanley Camp with her parents.
Enduring cramped conditions, humiliation, disease, and starvation, Kate befriends seventeen-year-old Charles, who is half Chinese, and they give their hearts to each other under the orchid tree.
Meanwhile, forty miles away in Portuguese Macau, thirteen-year-old Sofia’s suspicions are aroused when her father invites a Japanese family to dinner, an event which leads to a breach between Sofia and her controlling half-brother, Leo.
In December 1948, adult Kate returns to Hong Kong, determined to put the past behind her. Sofia dreams of leaving Macau and starting a new life, and she won’t let anyone, not even Leo, stop her.A young Englishman, James, becomes the link between Kate and Sofia. The communist-nationalist struggle in China spills over into the colony, catapulting the protagonists into the turmoil with disastrous consequences.
Perfect for readers of Dinah Jefferies, Ann Bennett and Kate Furnivall.
“... wonderfully fast-paced and readable... I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to be transported to a different place and time and wants a thoroughly absorbing read,” Ann Bennett, bestselling author of ‘The Orphan House.’
"A fantastic story, so evocative of both time and place," Jo Bartlett, bestselling author of 'The Cornish Midwife'.
Fall in love with Veronica as you read about her quest for artistic freedom in a male-dominated society.
Married at seventeen to a cruel man, Veronica escapes by taking the only option open to a Venetian woman of her time. Soon, she is feted as one of the most beautiful and sought-after courtesans in 16th Century Venice.
A talented seductress, she courts the cultural elite for fame and fortune, publishing her poems and letters while battling to maintain a balance between her sense of self-worth and the need to win and keep the support of men.
But when disaster strikes and her life begins to unravel, will she be strong enough to hold her own in a man's world?
Nel febbraio 1981, la studentessa straniera Rhiannon Hughes arriva a Bologna per studiare all’università. Qui, prende in affitto una stanza da Leila, che ora è una donna matura. Suo nipote Gianluca si offre di farle visitare la città, ma Leila la mette in guardia da lui.
Ben presto Rhiannon si ritrova coinvolta in una rete di intrighi. Qual è l’interesse di Gianluca per un gruppo di estrema destra? E in che modo il perfido leader di questo gruppo è collegato a Leila? Quando dal passato emergeranno degli oscuri segreti, Rhiannon si troverà di fronte a una scelta terribile. Prenderà il coraggio a due mani e rischierà tutto?
La Ragazza di Bologna è un romanzo struggente e profondamente commovente; una storia straziante e toccante di coraggio e redenzione.
Per le fan di Dinah Jefferies, Rosamunde Pilcher e Fiona Valpy
ELOGI PER SIOBHAN DAIKO
«Sono stata completamente catturata sia dalla storia ambientata nel presente che da quella nel passato, da tutti i personaggi e dall’intreccio.» Angela Petch, autrice del bestseller La Casa sulla Collina dei Papaveri.
«Siobhan Daiko toccherà le corde del vostro cuore, lasciandovi alla disperata ricerca di altro.» Ellie Yarde, The Coffe Pot Book Club.
Gli mando il messaggio con i miei occhi.
Questo è ciò che sono.
Sono Veronica Franco.
Sono una CORTIGIANA.
Apprezzo l'élite culturale per fama e fortuna, dando il mio corpo a molti.
E sto bene. Quindi molto bene. Dopotutto, mi è stato insegnato da mia madre e mia madre lo sa bene.
In quale altro modo soddisfare il futuro re di Francia se non con l'uso fantasioso del vetro di Murano? In che altro modo soddisfare i desideri di tutti, ma mantenere il mio senso di autostima?
Ma quando arriva il disastro e la mia vita inizia a barcollare, dovrò farmi una domanda:
È troppo tardi per dare il mio cuore a un solo uomo?
Consiglio: sensualmente erotico. 18+
Lidia si unisce ai partigiani sulle montagne del Veneto, dove incontra David, un soldato inglese che combatte per la stessa causa. Man mano che si affeziona a lui, le dure rappresaglie tedesche e le appassionate attività patriottiche di Lidia minacciano di separarli.
Decenni dopo, a Londra, mentre passa in rassegna gli effetti personali della nonna dopo la sua morte, Charlotte scopre un libro di preghiere ebraico, lettere non aperte scritte in italiano e una fotografia sbiadita che ritrae un gruppo di giovani davanti al Palazzo Ducale.
Incuriosita dal rifiuto della nonna di parlare della sua vita in Italia prima e durante la guerra, Charlotte si reca a Venezia alla ricerca delle sue radici. Lì, apprende non solo la devastante verità sul passato di sua nonna, ma anche alcune verità sorprendenti su se stessa.
Per le fan di Dinah Jefferies, Rosamunde Pilcher e Fiona Valpy
ELOGI PER LA RAGAZZA DI VENEZIA
«Siobhan Daiko toccherà le corde del vostro cuore lasciandovi alla disperata ricerca di altro.» Ellie Yarde, The Coffee Pot Book Club.
«In assoluto uno dei miei libri preferiti e una lettura imperdibile per coloro che desiderano una grande fuga nella narrativa storica.» Recensore di Goodreads.
Un bellissimo romanzo di amori perduti e segreti non raccontati…
Con il cuore spezzato per la mancanza del fidanzato, Fern si reca a casa di sua zia in Italia per trovare pace e conforto.
Lì, incantata dalla bellezza del paesaggio e consumata da una storia che lei trova affascinante, Fern viene catapultata nella vita della bella ma imprudente Cecilia, una dama nella corte di Caterina Cornaro, Signora di Asolo.
Più Fern si avvicina a scoprire perché Cecilia sembra riportarla indietro nel tempo, più echi del passato cominciano a manifestarsi nel presente.
Quando passato e presente si scontrano, mettendo sia Fern che Cecilia in un pericolo mortale, riuscirà Fern a tenersi lontana dal rischio e a scendere a patti con il suo passato?
ELOGI PER SIGNORA DI ASOLO
“... una lettura molto divertente,” Ann Bennett, autrice bestseller di The Orphan House.
“Mi è piaciuto molto questo libro bellissimo, evocativo e sensuale,” Renita D’Silva, autrice bestseller di Monsoon Memories.
Je lui envoie le message de mes yeux.
Voici celle que je suis.
Je suis Veronica Franco.
Je suis une COURTISANE.
Je séduis l’élite culturel pour la gloire et la fortune, offrant mon corps à tellement de personnes.
Et je suis douée. Très douée. Après tout, c’est ma mère qui m’a tout enseigné, et maman sait toujours ce qui est bon.
Comment plaire au futur Roi de France autrement qu’avec une utilisation imaginative du verre de Murano ? Comment satisfaire les désirs de tous, tout en gardant mon amour-propre ?
Mais lorsque le désastre frappe et que ma vie commence à s’effriter, je dois me poser une seule question :
Est-il trop tard pour offrir mon cœur à un seul homme ?
Avertissement : sensuellement érotique. 18+