The Italian Wife
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The Italian Wife : 'Breathtaking historical fiction' The Times

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*** THE Sunday Times TOP TEN BESTSELLING AUTHOR ***

'Wonderful . . . hugely ambitious and atmospheric' Kate Mosse
'Superb storytelling' Dinah Jefferies

Discover a brilliant story of intrigue, romance and betrayal in 1930s Italy, from the internationally bestselling author of The Betrayal.
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Italy, 1932 -- Mussolini's Italy is growing from strength to strength, but at what cost?

One bright autumn morning, architect Isabella Berotti sits at a cafe in the vibrant centre of Bellina, when a woman she's never met asks her to watch her ten-year-old daughter, just for a moment. Reluctantly, Isabella agrees -- and then watches in horror as the woman climbs to the top of the town's clock tower and steps over the edge.

This tragic encounter draws vivid memories to the surface, forcing Isabella to probe deeper into the secrets of her own past as she tries to protect the young girl from the authorities. Together with charismatic photographer Roberto Falco, Isabella is about to discover that secrets run deeper, and are more dangerous, than either of them could have possibly imagined . . .

From the glittering marble piazzas to the picturesque hillside villages and winding streets of Rome, The Italian Wife will take you on an breathtaking journey. Perfect for fans of Dinah Jefferies, Lucinda Riley and Rosanna Ley.

Further praise for Kate Furnivall:
'A thrilling plot ... Fast-paced with a sinister edge' Times
'A thrilling, compelling read. Wonderful!' Lesley Pearse
'Gripping . . . poignant, beautifully written ...will capture the reader to the last' Sun
'Truly captivating' Elle
'Perfect escapist reading' Marie Claire
'An achingly beautiful epic' New Woman
'A rollicking good read' Daily Telegraph
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 131 x 197 x 28mm | 310g
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0751550760
  • 9780751550764
  • 7,082

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The Italian Wife has everything: a fascinating setting in an extraordinary period of European history and a powerful love story. I loved this book * Liz Trenow, author of The Last Telegram * Allow yourself to be captivated by a story that grips from the start, and doesn't let go until the last tear has been shed. The Italian Wife is the definition of a terrifically well-written page-turner * Dinah Jefferies, author of The Separation * Perfect escapist reading * Marie Claire on The Jewel of St Petersburg * Breathtaking historical fiction * The Times * Kate Furnivall has a wonderful gift for evoking a location, and her stories are always fast-paced page-turners, peppered with authentic detail * Lucinda Riley *
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About Kate Furnivall

Kate Furnivall didn't set out to be a writer. It sort of grabbed her by the throat when she discovered the story of her grandmother - a White Russian refugee who fled from the Bolsheviks down into China. That extraordinary tale inspired her first book, The Russian Concubine. From then on, she was hooked.

Kate is the author of eight novels, including The Russian Concubine, The White Pearl and The Italian Wife. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages and have been on the New York Times Bestseller list.
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4 40% (672)
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