‘Absolutely outstandingly beautiful… Above and beyond anything I have read this year… Glued to every page… I really can't praise this book enough and warrants far more stars than I can actually give. A work of a true genius.’ Red Headed Book Lady, 5 stars
My darling girl, don’t make the same mistakes as I did. Now that my life is coming to an end, take your grandmother’s bracelet, unlock the devastating secret she kept to save our family as war echoed across the ocean, and discover who you really are…
As the hazy sun sets on golden sand, twenty-year-old Annie arrives on the stunning Sicilian island of Galatea, the dying wish of the father she adored playing heavy on her heart: she must find out the true identity of her grandmother who disappeared without a trace during World War Two. Her only clues are the delicate gold band around her wrist and directions to Villa Onda – House of the Waves – where her grandmother once lived.
As she climbs the winding road up to the cliffside villa, Annie’s path collides with handsome local fisherman, Salvo. His sea-blue eyes sparkle with recognition at her bracelet, and Annie can’t tell if it’s his warm touch or the sun-kissed villa’s vine-covered splendour that takes her breath away.
Swept into the warm arms of Salvo’s family, it’s not long before she finds herself dancing the night away in the cobbled piazza and finally beginning to heal. With Salvo’s mother’s help, Annie starts to unravel the truth about the bracelet and discovers the heart-shattering sacrifice her grandmother made in the war. One that changes everything for Annie…
With Salvo’s first kiss lingering on her lips, Annie knows she must dig deeper into the scars that have haunted her family for decades. But can her fragile new-found love with Salvo survive uncovering the truth? Will she ever be able to move on with her life until she does?
An absolutely heart-wrenching page-turner about how the catastrophic consequences of war can echo through generations, and the power that true love has to save us all. From the author of million-copy bestseller, Watch Over Me, and Amazon Number 1. bestseller, The Italian Villa, this is the perfect one-sitting read for anyone who adores Fiona Valpy, Victoria Hislop, or The Letter by Kathryn Hughes.
Everyone loves The Italian Island:
‘Mesmerising! I was totally hooked… absolutely perfect… I really can't praise this OUTSTANDING book enough!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Such a beautiful book… gripping right from the start… so heartwarming. I loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I loved this book so much… amazing… I finished it in a day because I needed to know what would happen… I highly recommend this book!!’ @lenslibrary, 5 stars
‘I fell in love with this book! It was beautiful and captivating from start to finish… Absolutely loved!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I was hooked. This is a beautifully written story with characters that tug at your heartstrings… You can’t help but fall in love with them and the tiny village in Italy where it takes place… you feel as though you’re really there… I devoured this book in no time… you can’t wait to turn the page to find out what happens next… which is why I finished this book at 3 in the morning!… I was so enthralled from the very first page!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I really loved it… makes you want to curl up in a chair with a warm drink and read this slowly. I found myself not wanting to devour this, but to savour every page. It's emotional and empowering and the characters fill your mind completely long after you have finished the story.’ Crossroad Reviews
‘Truly amazing. The story had many heart-warming moments… heart-wrenching… I was completely charmed and transported… You will be as well if you choose to read it. So read it!’ One Page At A Time, 5 stars
Wonderful time-slip historical fiction
Annie arrives at the beautiful Sicilian island of Galatea, and her father’s final request is that she solve the mystery of her Grandmother’s disappearance during World War II. The only items she has of her grandmother’s is a gold bracelet and the directions to Villa Onda, House of the Waves where her grandmother once lived. Then Annie meets local fisherman Salvo and he recognizes the gold bracelet on Annie’s wrist. She finds herself falling in love with Salvo and his family. But then Annie finds an antique gramophone under an old sheet in her grandmother’s bedroom. When she plays the gramophone, she uncovers a secret of her grandmother’s. Then with the help of Salvo’s mother, Annie begins to piece together the truth about the gold bracelet and the heart breaking wartime secret of her grandmother’s sacrifice. This heartwarming romance is a wonderful time-slip story that brings the war torn past into the presence of a new romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this story from beginning to end. The mystery was captivating and kept me completely immersed in the story, while the detailed description of the Sicilian Island was a wonderful escape.
Thank you Daniela Sacerdoti for such a wonderful time slip novel. I absolutely loved this wonderfully written story, and I completely enjoyed the escape to Italy. I enjoyed this is story and I highly recommend it.