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
"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)
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.
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.
I would love to have a villa some where like where this story takes place. A quiet little village by the sea.
A good laugh and it was touching.
"So happy when it was over..."
Someone with more patience
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!
"A Waste of Time and Money"
If it were a different book all together.
Her male Italian voices were comical and very distracting.
The most fantastic book so far, I was completely hooked onto it, I kept coming back to it at every opportunity. Some work didn't get done because I wanted to listen to this book. Would recommend to anyone.
You didn't know what was going to happen next and also you felt like you were part of the story.
She makes you feel like you are in the story itself.
When she found the villa for the first time.
Brilliant I am looking forward to hearing something else from this author.
If the author had researched and actually visited Sicily it would have made the story more realistic. O.k. so fiction is fiction, but let's at least be more accurate. Several times the mediterranean is referred to as an ocean, which it is not: Also I cannot believe that in a tiny seaside village in Sicily one could buy "serrano" ham which is Spanish. Italian hams come from San Daniele, Parma, Langhirano. A sicilian ham could be nebrodi.....?
Narrator's voice was quite pleasant. The pronounciation of much of the Italian was awful. Dad in Italian is papà (accented) and pronounced papaaaa. Narrator's Papa sounded more like Papa or Pope. And many other Italian words too.
I was glad I managed to finish it, as I didn't think I would. It would be o.k. to read on holiday but is certainly not to be recommended
"ok, but not brilliant"
no, not by the author-but the narrator was fine.
no, slow moving and too predictable to keep me interested. Ok story but if it had been a paperback I doubt I would have continued it. I have forgotten the ending already!
the pace of the story, the depths of the characters
no, it wouldn't hold people's interest for long!
an ok listen, but wouldn't buy another from this author.
This is the first book I've read/listened to by this author and I'll certainly be buying her again. loved everything about it.
"very good nice story for lazy atfternoons"
very good nice story its a love story with hint of mystery
"A good book for the average commuter"
The supporting characters of Ginny and her father were rather overlooked I think. Their endings were far too twee. Also the phrase 'he swore softly under his breath' must've been repeated at least 20 times.
I would recommend for a summer or commuting read - where no long attention to detail is required.
Her varying accents did bring colour to the story
I really enjoyed this, it is a great listen, you can really picture the characters and scenery.
Light and dark
I enjoyed it all and got lost in the story of Sicily old and new
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