Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in
Published: August 5, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1623651182
ISBN - 13: 9781623651183
Read from the Book
Tess didn’t open the letter until later, when she was sitting on the beach. In a hurry to get to work that morning, she’d barely glanced at the envelope, just grabbing it from the mat before kissing her daughter Ginny goodbye. Now, Tess plucked the letter from her bag. Read her name… Ms Teresa Angel , and her address in bold confident typescript. Franked and postmarked London. Ginny had left for college – an unruly streak of long legs, jeans, red shirt, dark hair and eyes – while Tess had set off for the water company, where she worked in customer information. A euphemism for Complaints, since who really needed information about water? (Turn on the tap, out it comes; better still drink the bottled variety.) This was her lunch break and she’d come – as she often did – to Pride Bay, five minutes away by car, to eat her sandwiches by the sea. It was an early spring day, and breezy, so she too was sandwiched – between a row of pastel-painted beach huts and the high mound of tiny ginger pebbles of west Dorset’s Chesil Beach. This gave Tess some shelter and she could still just see the waves. She didn’t have to be back in the office till half two. She stretched out her legs. Flexitime. What a wonderful invention. Tess eased her thumb under the seal of the envelope and tore it open, sliding out a single sheet of white paper. It was so thick and creamy she almost felt she could eat it. Dear Ms Angel , she r
From the Publisher
Set against the rugged coast of Sicily, debut novelist Rosanna Ley creates a lush multi-generational 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, dealing with her blooming sexuality and filled with questions that she longs to ask her long-absent father.
About the Author
Rosanna Ley has worked as a creative tutor for over twelve years, leading workshops in the UK and abroad, and has completed an MA in creative writing. Her writing holidays and retreats take place in stunning locations in Italy and Spain. Rosanna has written numerous articles and stories for national magazines. When she is not travelling, Rosanna lives in West Dorset by the sea.
"Beautifully written, warm and romantic . . . The perfect holiday read." --Rachel Hore, author of A Gathering Storm
"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
"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