An Italian café. A barista with an eye for trouble. And a village determined to create as much as possible.
Chiara has presided over the espresso machine at Bar Birbo for as long as anyone can remember. In Santa Lucia, this is the only place for cappuccino served with a side of delicious gossip.
In this ancient village, neighbors rely on each other and resent each other, all the while keeping their secrets well hidden. Romance blooms, even as the truth behind those love affairs threatens them all.
When everyone has ulterior motives and unspoken desires, it’s only a matter of time before tensions explode into flames. And unfortunately for the townspeople, the revelations could prove deadly.
Santa Lucia is the sweeping tale of a town on the brink of change and the villagers that call it home.
"Santa Lucia is a wonderful, sprawling, satisfying novel....This was my favorite novel of 2017." -- Caseful of Clues
"One of those books that keeps you awake at night reading. Loved the characters and the story."
"Santa Lucia brings small town Umbria to life!"
Entertaining with intriguing characters
I enjoyed reading Santa Lucia. It made me want to visit this quaint town with its host of characters with interesting stories. One issue I have with the book is that sometimes I felt that the author was telling me information rather than revealing it through the characters and/or story. Otherwise, this is a great read,and I plan to move on to the second book of the series.
Small towns are the same everywhere. On the surface everything seems happy and benign. Scratch the surface and the hidden ugliness begins to appear. Like trying to blame the gays or the Muslims for the fire. Patrizia was right, why didn’t others stand up to the bully. All towns have their kind people as well as the not so kind and many of your characters were kind. Thank you for trying to describe this beautiful town and it’s rich history. G
Christians don’t bother
Why do writers feel the need to take my Lord and Saviors name in vain. The book started out as an interesting read but I will never read this author again.