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Publisher's Summary

When Tess Angel receives a solicitor's letter inviting her to claim her inheritance - the Villa Sirena, perched on a clifftop in Sicily - she is stunned. Her only link to the island is through her mother, Flavia, who left Sicily during World War II and cut all contact with her family.
Initially resistant to Tess going back to her roots, Flavia realises the secrets from her past are about to be revealed and decides to try to explain her actions. Meanwhile, Tess' teenage daughter Ginny is stressed by college, by her blooming sexuality, and filled with questions that she longs to ask her father, if only she knew where he was. Three women, all seeking answers. Will Villa Sirena bring them together - or drive them apart?
©2012 Rosanna Ley (P)2014 WF Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"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)
"Beautifully written, warm and romantic... The perfect holiday read" (Rachel Hore, author of A Gathering Storm)
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By alison on 04-27-15

Ok for a light holiday read..

After having read the blurb about the book I was looking forward to the story, it seemed to have it all, romance, mystery, sun drenched Sicily. The reality was a bit disappointing though. I felt the story dragged on in places and led you in directions that weren't relevant. I especially couldn't connect witht the character Ginny, and thought the whole concept of the 'ball' could have been left out.
I found the narration a little irritating in parts, the Italian male voices were a bit like a bad pasta advert and were distracting.
That aside it wasn't a bad mix of romance and intrigue, with evokative descriptions of Sicily and it's food - it would make a pleasant holiday read - ideal when you don't wnt to have to think to hard.

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By Renette on 11-23-14

Looked forward to the end

The story itself was interesting the way the plot unfolded, the female characters were engaging and the descriptions of Scicily made me feel like I was there. The reading of the male characters was annoying. Would have made a great dramatization.

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By Amazon Customer on 10-10-14

So happy when it was over...

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone with more patience

Has The Villa put you off other books in this genre?

No

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

This book does have a great storyline but it is draged out. There are annoying repetitions 'slithering snakes' and the like and is very, very slow paced at many times. I did enjoy the story idea which is why I continued until the end but there was A LOT that could have been cut out!

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By SheilaZ on 10-07-14

A Waste of Time and Money

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it were a different book all together.

What was most disappointing about Rosanna Ley’s story?

Too predictable.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her male Italian voices were comical and very distracting.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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By alison on 06-04-15

OK for a light holiday read...

After having read the blurb about the book I was looking forward to the story, it seemed to have it all, romance, mystery, sun drenched Sicily. The reality was a bit disappointing though. I felt the story dragged on in places and led you in directions that weren't relevant. I especially couldn't connect witht the character Ginny, and thought the whole concept of the 'ball' could have been left out.
I found the narration a little irritating in parts, the Italian male voices were a bit like a bad pasta advert and were distracting.
That aside it wasn't a bad mix of romance and intrigue, with evokative descriptions of Sicily and it's food - it would make a pleasant holiday read - ideal when you don't wnt to have to think to hard.

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