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The Villa in Italy
by Elizabeth Edmondson | Women's Fiction
Registered by LindyLouMac of Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom on 4/12/2011
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Kayrpea61): available

3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by LindyLouMac from Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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Product Description:
Marvellously atmospheric tale of four strangers summoned to a grand but neglected villa on the Italian coast. Each of them has been named in a will, but not one of them 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. 

Journal Entry 2 by LindyLouMac at Viterbo, Lazio Italy on Thursday, April 28, 2011

8 out of 10

Prior to picking up this book in an Oxfam Bookshop in the UK I had not even heard of this author. I was attracted to the title because of the Italy in Books - Reading Challenge 2011 that I had heard about early in December for which it seemed a perfect candidate.

It certainly was and I thoroughly enjoyed this easy to read and very atmospheric novel set in a grand but neglected villa on the northern Italian coastline of Liguria in the nineteen fifties.

The protagonists are four complete strangers all named in the will of the now deceased Beatrice Malaspina, owner of the Villa Dante where they are summoned to accept their unknown inheritance in a mysterious fashion. The interaction between them as they slowly learn why they are at the villa makes for I thought an interesting read, not your normal mystery story, but certainly still very mysterious.

George an atomic scientist at Cambridge University, who hates the monster his skills have created. Delia an opera singer who is having problems with her voice. Marjorie a poor and struggling detective novelist with writer’s block and finally Lucius an American banker whose life appears perfect but is in fact in chaos make for an odd group of benefactors. While they wait to learn why they have all been named in their unknown benefactresses will the villa with its overgrown garden, mediaeval tower and faded frescoes starts to have a calming affect on them all. All four of them have family secrets and sadness's to hide but somehow they start to slowly heal and learn to love again as they unravel the mysteries they find themselves presented with.

If you enjoy novels with family secrets, family history and lots of evocative description you will I think enjoy this, even more so if you love Italy.

Journal Entry 3 by LindyLouMac at By Hand, Friend -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, May 04, 2011

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Journal Entry 4 by WanderingSheila at Viterbo, Lazio Italy on Thursday, July 28, 2011

8 out of 10

I did enjoy this book, as I am generally drawn to books about Italy 

Journal Entry 5 by WanderingSheila at Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, October 16, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (8/1/2011 UTC) at Sydney, New South Wales Australia


This book I gave to a relative of mine. 

Journal Entry 6 by Kayrpea61 at Pymble, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, June 27, 2013

8 out of 10

Handed to us by our daughter, we found the evolving mystery quite interesting, especially as Italophiles! 

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