Secrets of the Italian Island
Italy, 1943. A castle once full of love and laughter is left in ruins by the Nazis, as three sisters are torn apart by one terrible mistake…
New York, present day. Mia is heartbroken by the loss of her beloved grandmother Annalisa, the only family she had left in the world. But she is shocked when she finds a fraying letter sent from Italy in her grandmother’s belongings. She had no idea Annalisa once lived in a magnificent, vine-covered castle on an isolated Italian island. What secrets was she hiding there? Could retracing her steps finally help Mia heal from her grief?
Arriving on the stunning Italian coast just a boat ride away from Isola di Parissi, Mia instantly falls in love with the crumbling castle surrounded by lush olive groves. And when she meets handsome local guide Leo, she’s charmed by the sparkle in his eyes and his passion for the beautiful country he calls home. With his help, they sneak into the closed-off areas of the isolated island in search of clues…
Soon they find handwritten notes hidden in the walls of the castle. But Mia is left reeling when she discovers that her grandmother had sisters… and rather than the happily-ever-after Mia thought she’d find, she uncovers a terrible secret that causes her to question everything she ever thought she knew. What happened to them all those years ago when the Nazis stormed onto the once peaceful island? And will it force Mia to leave Leo and Italy forever?
An epic, heart-wrenching tale based on the incredible true story of an island at war. Fans of Lucinda Riley, Fiona Valpy and Victoria Hislop will be utterly gripped.
What readers are saying about Secrets of the Italian Island:
“This book will captivate you.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Totally enchanting. I was immediately under the spell of the characters, it’s gorgeous setting and the fast-paced plot… will capture your heart.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“The epitome of enchanting… phenomenal… magic… I cannot recommend it enough. I even stopped reading halfway through to check to see if there would be more in the series.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Phenomenal… will rank in my top 2023 historical fiction reads!… It grabbed my attention immediately and had me eagerly flipping pages by the end of the first chapter!… There’s so much to love about this story!… I know I’ve found an auto-read author. I can’t wait for the second instalment.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Stunning Italian coast, a castle in the hills, and a cast of amazing (and many historic) characters! I saw each enticing scene like I was watching a movie and I couldn’t stop.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Heart-wrenching and mysterious… my attention was fully grabbed. I became instantly immersed in the story… beautiful… I definitely did fall in love with this little island.” Tessa Talks Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I could not put this one down… will transport you to Italy!… filled with secrets and mystery. A heartbreaking story… You will be on an emotional rollercoaster ride that will leave you wanting the next book in the series. If you love historical fiction I highly recommend you read this one… you will not be disappointed.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐