The Italian Wife

The Italian Wife

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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, Kate Furnivall's epic new novel will take you on an breathtaking journey of intrigue, romance and betrayal.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 29mm | 310g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0751550760
  • 9780751550764
  • 12,796

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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 Breathtaking historical fiction The Times Perfect escapist reading Marie Claire on The Jewel of St Petersburg 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 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 Telegramshow more

About Kate Furnivall

Kate Furnivall was born in Wales and studied English at London University. She worked in publishing and then moved to TV advertising, where she met her husband. In 2000, Kate decided to write her mother's extraordinary story of growing up in Russia, China and India, and this became The Russian Concubine, which was a New York Times bestseller. All her books since then have had an exotic setting and Kate has travelled widely for her research. She now has two sons and lives with her husband in a cottage by the sea in Devon. Visit Kate's website at www.katefurnivall.comshow more
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