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The Secret of Villa Serena

The Secret of Villa Serena

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…

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Romance

On Sale: 1st January 1970

Price: £7.99

ISBN-13: 9781786484369


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