The Villa in Italy

The Villa in Italy

Details

Author(s)
Elizabeth Edmondson
Format
Hardback | 432 pages
Dimensions
159 x 240mm | 700g
Publication date
04 Sep 2006
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Edition Statement
Library edition
ISBN10
0007228058
ISBN13
9780007228058

Description

This is a marvellously atmospheric tale of strangers summoned to a grand but neglected villa on the Italian coast. Each of them has been named in a will, but nobody knows their benefactress...Four very different people are named in a will: Delia, an opera singer robbed of her voice by illness; George, an idealistic scientist who cannot face what his skills have created; Marjorie, desperately poor and unable to dislodge her writer's block; and Lucius, ostensibly in control but whose personal life is in chaos. All are summoned to the Villa Dante, home of the late Beatrice Malaspina. But who was she? While they wait to find out, the villa begins to work its seductive magic. With its faded frescoes, overgrown garden and magnificent mediaeval tower, it is unlike anywhere they have been before. Slowly, four characters who have gone to great lengths to hide their troubles find that change - and even hope - is possible after all. But, the mysterious Beatrice has a devastating secret to reveal that will affect them all!
A beautiful evocation of Italy in the aftermath of World War Two, the personal consequences of living through such a time, and a celebration of humankind's ability to heal and learn to love again, this most absorbing novel will win Elizabeth Edmondson a host of new fans.


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