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The Villa [Format Kindle]

Rosanna Ley
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Tess didn’t open the letter until later, when she was sitting on the beach.

In a hurry to get to work that morning, she’d barely glanced at the envelope, just grabbing it from the mat before kissing her daughter Ginny goodbye.

Now, Tess plucked the letter from her bag. Read her name… Ms Teresa Angel, and her address in bold confident typescript. Franked and postmarked London.

Ginny had left for college – an unruly streak of long legs, jeans, red shirt, dark hair and eyes – while Tess had set off for the water company, where she worked in customer information. A euphemism for Complaints, since who really needed information about water? (Turn on the tap, out it comes; better still drink the bottled variety.)

This was her lunch break and she’d come – as she often did – to Pride Bay, five minutes away by car, to eat her sandwiches by the sea. It was an early spring day, and breezy, so she too was sandwiched – between a row of pastel-painted beach huts and the high mound of tiny ginger pebbles of west Dorset’s Chesil Beach. This gave Tess some shelter and she could still just see the waves. She didn’t have to be back in the office till half two. She stretched out her legs. Flexitime. What a wonderful invention.

Tess eased her thumb under the seal of the envelope and tore it open, sliding out a single sheet of white paper. It was so thick and creamy she almost felt she could eat it.

Dear Ms Angel
, she read. We are writing to inform you… her eyes scanned over the text … following the sad passing of Edward Westerman. Edward Westerman? Tess frowned as she tried to make sense of it. Did she know an Edward Westerman? She was pretty sure she didn’t. Did she even know anyone who had just died? Again, no. Could they have got the wrong Teresa Angel …? Unlikely. She read on. Concerning the bequest … Bequest? On the condition that … Tess’s mind raced … Hang on a minute. Sicily …?

Tess finished reading the letter, then immediately read it again. She felt a kind of nervous fluttering like moths’ wings, followed by a rush – of pure adrenalin … It couldn’t be true. Could it …? She stared out at the sea. The breeze had picked up and was ruffling the waves into olive-grey rollers.

She must be dreaming, she thought. She picked up the letter and read it through once more as she finished her sandwich.

Well. What on earth would her mother say …? Tess shook her head. There was no point thinking about it. It was a mistake. Surely it had to be a mistake.

It was clouding over now and Tess felt chilly despite the woollen wrap she had slung over her work jacket when she left the car by the harbour. She checked her watch, she should go. But if it were true … If this wasn’t some sort of joke, then … Sicily …

Tess tucked the letter back into her bag and began to put the jigsaw pieces together in her mind. Her fierce and diminutive mother Flavia was Sicilian – though she had left her home and her family when she was in her early twenties. Tess just wished she knew why. She had tried often enough to find out the full story. But Muma had never wanted to talk of her life in Sicily. Tess smiled as she got to her feet and picked up her bag. She loved her dearly, but Muma was stubborn and Sicily was out of bounds.

Tess thought back to the few details she’d managed to glean over the years. Her mother’s family had lived in a small cottage, she’d once said, in the grounds of a place called the Grand Villa. That had been owned by an Englishman, hadn’t it? Could that be the Edward Westerman mentioned in her letter? She did the sums. Edward Westerman – if he was that man – had lived to a ripe old age.

But why would he …? She paused to empty her shoes of tiny pebbles; it wasn’t easy to negotiate Chesil Beach in heels, even though Tess was used to it. She headed back to the harbour, past the bright, tacky kiosks selling fish ‘n’ chips, candy floss and ice cream, and past the fishing boats with their nets hanging out to dry, the scent of the gutted fish ripe and heady in the air. Pride Bay, despite its name, had little to show off about. But it was part of her childhood, and it was home. Best of all for Tess, it was by the sea. And the sea was in her blood – she was addicted to it.

She mentally replayed the contents of the letter on the way back to the car, and as soon as she was sitting in the driver’s seat of her Fiat 500, she retrieved it, smoothed it open and reached for her mobile. One way to find out.

"This is Teresa Angel," she said to the woman who answered. "You wrote to me."

Tess drove back to work on autopilot, the still-fresh phone conversation running through her mind. This was the kind of thing that could change your life, wasn’t it? But … She paused. She was thirty-nine years old; she wasn’t sure she even wanted change. Change could be scary. Her daughter’s life was changing fast and she found that hard enough to handle – after all, what if Ginny went to university hundreds of miles away and then emigrated to Kathmandu?

But on the other hand … What would happen if her life stayed the same? What if her lover Robin never left his cold and fragile wife Helen, as he kept promising to? What if she had to work for the rest of her life dealing with complaints at the water company. It was inconceivable.

Revue de presse

"Beautifully written, warm and romantic . . . The perfect holiday read." --Rachel Hore, author of A Gathering Storm

"The Villa will stay with you long after you’ve devoured this tale of family feuds, secrets and passion, Sicilian-style . . . Romantic, escapist and mouthwatering, it has everything you could wish for in a summer read. Delicious." --Veronica Henry, author of The Beach Hut

"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

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1493 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 577 pages
  • Editeur : Quercus (31 mai 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B007C4FYJE
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Story line 14 mai 2014
Par DebbieR
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At first I found the language a bit clichė, and a familiar story line of woman discovers dark family past, but it quickly had me gripped. Written from the view point of three generations of women. Each one leaves you wanting to know what happens next before picking up the stories of the others. There is romance and intrigue. An intricately woven plot with a clever and satisfying conclusion. I would have liked a bit more detail about the house included, but maybe that just my nesty nature. Enjoyed it very much.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A really good read 18 avril 2014
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I enjoyed it from start to finish. An easy enjoyable read. I didn't want to put it down. When is the next book out? book
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 maximus 28 juillet 2013
Par maximus - Publié sur
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I fell in love with this book could not put it down Love the history of Sicily The author describes the scenery so beautifull that u can actualy picture it Can't wait for her next book
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 En enjoyable read 6 septembre 2012
Par Celia van Zyl - Publié sur
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"The Villa" is an enjoyable read - read it for leisure. Perfect for a holiday or a weekend read. I felt like I could feel the atmosphere of Sicily through the emotions of the main character. The novel contains a little bit of history, a little bit of geography, a little bit of crime and a whole lot of personal drama - very entertaining!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A delightful read 31 octobre 2014
Par LindyLouMac - Publié sur
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I was not aware of this author until very recently, when her writing was recommended to me. Unfortunately I cannot recall who it was that suggested I might enjoy her novels. Well whoever it was you were right! As soon as I looked her up I immediately purchased the three titles available on Amazon. This is the first one I have read, earliest one published in 2012. A perfect summer read and set in Italy, what more could I ask for. A delightful read and I will be reading the next two just as soon as I can.

Three intertwining stories of three generations of women, Tess Angel the main protagonist, her mother Flavia and her daughter Ginny. The novel begins as Tess receives a solicitors letter telling her that she has inherited a villa in Sicily. Despite her mother being Sicilian this comes as a complete shock as her mother Falvia left the island as a young girl and has never returned, so why has Tess been left a villa. One of the conditions of the inheritance is that she has to go over there, despite her mothers reservations this is of course what she does. She falls in love with the villa and meets some interesting Sicilians that will be able to help her unravel the mystery of why her mother cut all ties with her homeland during World War II. Meanwhile back in the UK we have the parallel stories of Tess's mother and daughter both of whom are stressed out, the former with secrets she has long kept from her daughter and the latter with the difficulties of becoming a young woman with lots of questions that she cannot get the answers to.

I thoroughly enjoyed this very readable story devouring it on the plane on a recent trip and am already planning to read two more novels by this author, that I have already purchased for my Kindle. Bay of Secrets and Return to Mandalay what more recommendations do you need to try this author for yourself.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Completely captivating 12 mai 2014
Par Ms LG Kennelly - Publié sur
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An easy read, that kept me completely captivated. I enjoyed the way the different elements of the current emotional issues, the past romantic drama and the historical suspense elements all combined together
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great read! 19 avril 2014
Par Sarahg - Publié sur
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This was a really enjoyable read. I found it a real page turner and fantastic to escape to. Would definitely recommend this book.
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