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Publisher Description

A big, luscious, can't-put-it-down saga from bestseller Belinda Alexandra, a story of tragedy, romance and mystery, set against the beauty of Florence in the terrifying years of Mussolini. A tale of sacrifice and reward, of beauty and horror ... and of redemption. A mysterious stranger known as 'the Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the one clue to the child's identity ... When Rosa turns fifteen, she must leave the nuns who have raised her and become governess to the daughter of an aristocrat and his strange, frightening wife. their house is elegant but cursed, and Rosa - blessed with gifts beyond her considerable musical talents - is torn between her desire to know the truth and her fear of its repercussions. Meanwhile, the hand of Fascism curls around beautiful Italy, threatening her citizens. In the face of unimaginable hardship, will Rosa's intelligence, intuition and her extraordinary capacity for love be enough to ensure her survival? 'A wonderful story that had me reading until the early hours of the morning' - Good Reading 'Impeccable research into the terrible times of Mussolini's Italy makes this story of sacrifice and salvation unforgettable' - Woman's Day

Fiction & Literature
1 June
HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

Notimetoread77 ,

A great read!!

This was a great book, Belinda Alexandra is a great storyteller.

ryan.jesssica ,

Great read

Great fictional book entwined with glimpses of history. Worth the read.

Claire Moreau ,

Extremely gripping and realistic

I read this book in two days because I was so captured by the riveting plot and characterisation. Although set up like a number of pieces in an entire musical movement, the overarching plot and the reminders of the protagonist’s past aided the structural integrity of the story. As a modern history student currently studying the period of Mussolini’s rule, it was extremely fascinating to relate my own knowledge to the highly accurate setting. A narrative of universal human experiences, this is the best historical fiction I’ve read to date.

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