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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (26 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075289322X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752893228
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A touching story about one woman's search for love." --"Sunday Express"

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A wonderfully atmospheric, touching and sumptuous novel about a young widow's search for happiness in a small Italian village.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on 30 May 2007
Format: Paperback
There seems to be just one way to describe this book - exceptionally delightful! Perhaps my reading was somewhat influenced by the fact that i was on holiday in Italy and so i could appreciate the setting of the book a lot more.

Set in a small village in southern Italy, it is about the small town gossips, the mysteries of the families, the authentic Italian food and the lush descriptions of the scenery. I can understand why the book has been likened to Captain Correlli's Mandolin and Chocolat. It has that feel-good atmosphere, the summery, exotic setting of the Mediterranean - you can practially smell the scent of lemons, see the clear blue of the sea and hear the general chatter of the Italian language (probably because i actually could, being on holiday and all!)

Basically, this was the perfect summer holiday read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Aug 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the story of Raffaella who having been widowed within a year of her marriage finds herself housekeeper at the Villa Rosa in the fictional town of Triento. Raffaella is trying to recapture her youth from where she left before she was married.

The residents of Triento have other ideas about Raffaella and her position at the Villa Rosa is to keep her out the way because of her beauty so striking that all seem to think she flaunts it for all and uses her feminine wiles to get what she wants including getting rid of her husband. A story of families, Italian families and the business of keeping the family trade going but also the daughter in law ostracised, by the family head; the matriarch who believes that her favourite and eldest sone was murdered by his wife.

Raffaella seeks understanding in her role as housekeeper of Villa Rosa, when she meets the Americano, but his friendship causes her problems as she begins to understand the sort of life she had for the short time she was married. Other feelings and sensations are awakened. Raffaella whilst being the main character in the novel is surrounded by other strong women who all have their problems. Silvana, who I admit have a great dislike for from very early on in the book, struggles to keep her first love in sight as she wonders why she ever married the local baker. I actually by the end of this book, warmed to the character, a sign of good writing to convince a reader that someone is not as awful as they are first portrayed and there are always reasons for such behaviour.

Carlotta has a secret which is tearing her up inside, and causing her days of grief and depression.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By edel on 29 Dec 2011
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I read this over a wet summer in Ireland where warm sunshine was very hard to come by. I loved it !!!! It was just what I needed .. Great characters, beautiful discriptions, delicious sounding food and a real page turner !!!.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Jackson on 4 Nov 2009
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Wonderful book. Great escapism and captures your imagination continuously. Best have some knowledge of Italian way of life in order to appreciate the plot and details. Enjoy reading this book on holiday or as one of those books which you just can't put down until you come to the final page. Don't hesitate, buy it and judge for yourselves.
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By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Oct 2008
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I enjoyed every page of this wonderful book. Food, romance and Italy - the perfect combination to pick you up on these chilly days.

Raffaella has always lived amongst the fisherman in Little Triento but when she marries into the Russo family she moves up the hill and up in the world. Until her new husband dies and she is left a widow. The small town is filled with gossips who instantly target Rafaella and she seeks refuge as a housekeeper at the Villa Rosa. Triento is divided by plans to build a grand statue on the cliff - using the town's money that was left by a wealthy man. The American man hired to design and build the statue is staying at the Villa Rosa and Rafaella soons builds up a friendship with him that again will set tongues wagging.

The settings in the novel are wonderful, the small-town life, the magnificent characters, including the Traffic Warden, who is very funny and so well drawn. The fabulous food descriptions are so mouth watering and form the backbone of the story. The pizzas in the Gypsy Tearoom to the wonderfully elaborate meals that Rafaella cooks at the Villa Rosa - all of them will make you so hungry and desperate to visit the region.

For anyone who enjoyed Anthony Capella's The Food Of Love - then here is another that you cant fail to love. I'd recommend this for a couple of days when you need some comfort reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Roberts on 10 July 2009
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Another lovely read from Nicky. I didn't need to be in Italy to feel the sun and picture the town of Triento, the writing did it for me. This was another feel good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. P. Wright TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 May 2012
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This story is set in the same village as Recipe for Life, but half a generation earlier. It is a love story. The heroine, Raphaella, is young, beautiful and a widow. Her life is made exceedingly difficult by her pathologically jealous mother-in-law who whips up the village gossip machine against her.

She becomes the housekeeper at the Villa Rosa, just outside the village, which has been let temporarily to an American engineer, who has been hired to build a statue of Christ to rival that at Rio on the hill above the village. This enterprise has divided the village and Raphaella's loyalties are torn. The controversy becomes very bitter and has potentially dreadful consequences for Raphaella and her family but it never falls into melodrama.

This book has more depth than Recipe for Life, but its feel-good factor is as high. I really enjoyed it.
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