The Italian Island (Paperback)
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 secret of our family history, and discover who you are...
As the hazy sun sets on golden sand, twenty-year-old Annie arrives on the stunning Sicilian island of Galatea, her father's final wish playing heavy on her heart: she must solve the mystery of her grandmother who disappeared 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.
But one afternoon she finds an antique gramophone hidden beneath a dusty sheet in her grandmother's bedroom. Setting the needle, she unlocks a long-buried secret... And, through Salvo's mother, starts to unravel the truth about the bracelet and her grandmother's heart-shattering wartime sacrifice.
With Salvo's first kiss lingering on her lips, Annie knows she must dig deeper into the scars that haunt this beautiful island. 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:
'Absolutely outstandingly beautiful... above and beyond anything I have read this year... glued to every page... I really can't praise this book enough.' redheadedbooklady, 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
Readers adore Daniela Sacerdoti:
'Mesmerising I was totally hooked... absolutely perfect... I really can't praise this OUTSTANDING book enough ' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
'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