The Italian Villa by Daniela Sacerdoti – Blog Tour

The Italian Villa - Blog Tour

Thank you to Sarah Hardy from @BOTBSPublicity for organising this tour and to Daniela Sacerdoti and Bookouture for a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

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Synopsis

Italy, 1938 – Elisa clings to Leo in the shadow of the Montevino mountains, the call to war ringing in her ears. They hatch a plan to wed in secret before Leo flees to the woods to join the resistance, and vow to find each other again when the war is over. But history has other plans…

Texas, present day – Callie Di Giacomo, a small-town waitress, is still reeling from the discovery that she’s adopted when she arrives in Montevino in search of answers about her real family – the keys to the stunning hillside villa she has just inherited clutched tightly in her hand. In her birthmother’s wardrobe grief-stricken Callie finds a diary belonging to a woman named Elisa Stella, one of Italy’s first ever female doctors, wrapped in pale blue ribbon.

Page by page, Callie is swept away by Elisa’s story, increasingly certain that their lives – and their fates – are somehow connected, and that the truth about her family is hidden somewhere within the crinkled yellow pages. But just when all the pieces look like they are falling into place, a devastating betrayal in the diary unlocks a heart-breaking secret about who Callie’s mother really is. Can Callie, like Elisa, find the light in her darkest moment and use it to spark a new future?

Inspired by true eventsthis unforgettable story of love, loss and resilience by the author of million-copy Amazon No 1. bestseller, Watch Over Me, is perfect for anyone who loved The LetterThe Tattooist of Auschwitz or The Dressmaker’s Gift.

My Thoughts

Right…after pulling myself together a little I’m now ready to write this review.

I’m not usually a huge fan of historical romances (although a few do catch my eye) but I was smitten by this one form the minute it arrived on my Netgalley shelf and it didn’t disappoint.

When Callie discovers that she was adopted and has been left property in Italy she is left feeling betrayed, confused and broken but a little hopeful.  In the house Callie find a diary and becomes completely invested in the story within its pages.  But is she prepared for what it may reveal about herself?

This is my first Daniela Sacredoti novel and it is an author I cannot wait to read again.  The writing in this book is just beautifully captivating and so difficult to tear yourself away from.

Every emotion from the character’s is transported directly into the reader’s heart causing little cracks of heartbreak followed by little zaps of joy to repair.  In the present timeline, Callie is such a gorgeous character and from the very beginning all I wanted for her was a happy ending and a little adventure along the way.  In the past (told through the diary entries) Elisa is a strong woman and her tale is one of heartbreak and devastation and this is part of the novel I found most upsetting but also the most riveting.

The setting of Montevino past and present is so vividly described that I experienced every scent, sound and visual with the characters.

This is such a beautiful novel, with elements of romance and family drama but mostly about a young woman’s journey to discover where she really comes from and who she really is.

Author Bio – Daniela Sacerdoti

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Daniela Sacerdoti is a phenomenon. Over one million copies of her novels have been sold in eBook, her debut novel Watch Over Me was the eighth bestselling Kindle book of all time in 2015 and she was also ranked as the eleventh top-selling Kindle author.

Daniela writes beautiful, haunting and bestselling fiction for adults (the Glen Avich series), young adults (the Sarah Midnight trilogy) and children. Her novels have been translated in twelve languages.

Daniela was born and raised in Italy. She studied Classics, then lived in Scotland for fourteen years, where she married and taught in a primary school. Daniela’s children’s book Really WeirdRemovals.Com was shortlisted for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards. She has also written for the BBC.

Daniela, her husband and their two sons make their home in a tiny village in the Alps. To discover more about Daniela and her world, visit www.danielasacerdoti.com.

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