Set against the rugged coast of Sicily, debut novelist Rosanna Ley creates a lush multigenerational story in The Villa - an epic journey of love lost, family secrets, the road to self-discovery, and the meaning of home and family.
When Tess Angel receives a letter informing her she has inherited the Villa Sirena, perched on a clifftop in Sicily - she is stunned. Her only link to the small, beautiful island is through her mother, Flavia, who left Sicily during World War II and has not spoken to her family, or of her life there, since.
Initially resistant to Tess traveling to her home country, Flavia begins to recount her youth, told in flashbacks as she writes in a journal to Tess of her journey to independence as well as leaving her legacy of cherished family recipes and secrets. Secrets including a lost treasure rumored to be hidden in the very Villa Tess is staying at.
Told in alternating points of view between Tess, Flavia, and Tess' teenage daughter, Ginny, who is dealing with her blooming sexuality and filled with questions that she longs to ask her long-absent father.
"Beautifully written, warm and romantic.... The perfect holiday read." (Rachel Hore, author of A Gathering Storm)
"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)
"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)
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This story gives you a little of everything... love, friendship, mystery, history, escape, risk, betrayal, loyalty, and power of love within the bonds of family. It was wonderfully written and beautifully narrated. I had a smile on my face the entire time.