The Secret of Villa Serena
escape to the Italian sun with this romantic feel-good read
By Domenica De Rosa
Read by Elaine Claxton
Heartwarming summer reading from Elly Griffiths, author of the Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries
A gorgeous, sun-filled novel following one woman's journey from heartbreak to adventure, for fans of Santa Montefiore. An irresistible read that will transport you straight to Tuscany...
Emily looks like she has it all
Living the dream
There's the lovingly restored Tuscan farmhouse, the three beautiful children, the successful husband, the newspaper column detailing her glamorous expat life. But when Emily's husband dumps her by text message, she has to face up to some stark home truths.
The nightmare reality
She has no money, her cleaner hates her, her eldest girl is out of her depth with the local seducer, her middle daughter is dangerously underweight, and her darling baby is fast becoming a brat. She doesn't even have any Italian friends.
But there's hope
Even as Emily admits that she's not living the Tuscan dream, she finds herself drawn into the village of Monte Albano and discovers the genuine Italy, darker and more intriguing than she had ever imagined. If she can get over a lingering obsession with her youthful first love, an attractive stranger might be about to show her the time of her life...
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Domenica de Rosa started her career working at the Bookseller, and went on to work in children's publishing, in publicity and in editorial. Under the name Elly Griffiths she is the author of the acclaimed and bestselling Dr Ruth Galloway series of mysteries, and the Stephens and Mephisto mysteries. Domenica is half-Italian and loves the Tuscan coast, although she mainly settles for Brighton, where she lives with her husband, their twins and their cat.
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18 Oct 2018
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A fascinating account of Italian life, written with skill and insight — Katie Fforde on The Italian Quarter
A fascinating story vividly told, this is a classic page-turner — Italia magazine on The Italian Quarter
Witty and light as a tiramisu but with tart insight — Nottingham Evening Post on The Eternal City