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Lucinda Riley
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Book Description

3 July 2014

Nothing sings as sweetly as love, or burns quite like betrayal

Rosanna Menici is just a girl when she meets Roberto Rossini, the man who will change her life. In the years to come, their destinies are bound together by their extraordinary talents as opera singers and by their enduring but obsessive love for each other - a love that will ultimately affect the lives of all those closest to them. For, as Rosanna slowly discovers, their unison is haunted by irreversible events from the past . . .

Rosanna's journey takes her from humble beginnings in the back streets of Naples to the glittering stages of the world's most prestigious opera houses. Set against a memorable backdrop of Lucinda Riley's trademark evocative locations, The Italian Girl unfolds into a poignant and unforgettable tale of love, betrayal and self-discovery.

*First published as Aria under the name Lucinda Edmonds, now extensively rewritten*


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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (3 July 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1447257073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447257073
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland and wrote her first book aged 24. Her novel 'Hothouse Flower' (also called 'The Orchid House') was selected for the UK's Richard and Judy Bookclub in 2011 and went on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide and become a New York Times Bestseller. Her second novel, 'The Girl on the Cliff', also made it onto The New York Times Bestseller list, in its first week, and 'The Light Behind the Window' (also called 'The Lavender Garden') topped the German bestseller list for nine weeks.
'The Midnight Rose' was published in most markets of the world in early 2014.
Lucinda's upcoming publication,'The Italian Girl', was originally written and published as 'Aria' in 1996 under her old pen name, 'Lucinda Edmonds', and she has since updated and re-edited the novel.
Lucinda's books are translated into 25 languages and published in 36 countries. She lives with her husband and four children on the North Norfolk coast in England and in the South of France.

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A tale of passion and betrayal from bestselling author Lucinda Riley - first published under the name Lucinda Edmonds

Rosanna Menici is just eleven years old when she meets Roberto Rossini, the man who will change her life forever. In the years to come, their destinies are bound together by their extraordinary talents as opera singers and by their enduring but obsessive love for each other - a love that will ultimately affect the lives of all those closest to them. For, as Rosanna slowly discovers, their union is haunted by powerful secrets from the past . . .

Rosanna's journey takes her from humble beginnings in the back streets of Naples to the glittering stages of the world's most prestigious opera houses. Set against a dazzling backdrop of evocative locations, The Italian Girl unfolds into a poignant and unforgettable tale of love, betrayal and self-discovery.

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About the Author

Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland and wrote her first book aged 24. Her novel Hothouse Flower (also called The Orchid House) was selected for the UK's Richard and Judy Book Club in 2011 and went on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide and become a New York Times bestseller.

Lucinda's books are translated into 22 languages and published in 36 countries. She lives with her husband and four children on the North Norfolk coast in England and in the South of France.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read 4 Aug 2014
By Welsh Annie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Lucinda Riley... she really can’t put a foot wrong for me. From Hothouse Flower through The Girl on the Cliff and The Light Behind The Window, then the sublime The Midnight Rose.

But I’ll admit it, I slightly wrong footed when I realised that this one was a previously released book – Aria, issued under the name of Lucinda Edmonds – extensively re-written. But I really shouldn’t have worried – this book was simply wonderful, totally all-consuming while I was reading (it’s a hefty 576 pages, so it took a few days!), one of those books that takes over your life to such a degree that when you emerge at the other end you feel as if you’ve lived every moment with people you really don’t want to leave behind.

This is one of those stories that you just know – from the first few pages – is going to be quite perfect. We start with Rosanna as a little girl, working as a drudge in her parents’ Naples cafe, singing for an audience including rising opera star Roberto Rossini. With the help of her brother Luca, she trains with a singing teacher, studies at La Scala and then moves onto the operatic stages of the world. Of course, this is a wonderful love story too – you hope beyond hope that things will work out for Roberto and Rosanna, and your heart breaks when things inevitably go wrong along the way. I also loved the story of Luca, who manages to break away too and makes his own difficult choices – and has his own experience of love. There’s also an excellent thread through the story about the trade in stolen antiquities, and a vast cast of well drawn supporting characters and some real boo-hiss baddies.

I loved every beautifully written page. If you have room in your holiday suitcase for this one – and some surplus weight allowance – it would be quite perfect for your sun lounger. Maybe with a little opera playing on your iPod? Another simply wonderful read from Lucinda Riley.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ItAlian Girl 6 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent story a mix of family life and the opera. From page 1 to the final chapter it held me to the story line. Brilliant book could not put it down. Well done to the Author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Obsession or Passion 2 Aug 2014
By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Rosanna is a mere girl when her voice is discovered as she sings in her family restaurant in a Village in Naples. Two people hear her, one is someone who thinks with practice and training Rosanna can perform at La Scala. The other is Roberto Rossini, he is older, known to the family and already an opera singer who is starting to make his name in the opera world and is already at La Scala.

They are destined to be together to sing, despite any differences in age. It is not going to be an easy path for either of them.

Rosanna's family has no money. To send her for lessons is going to need that. Luca her brother steps forward and uses the money he has saved up to start Rosanna on this journey. Whilst he has his sisters best intentions at heart and wants to see her succeed, he has a desire to escape from the family, from the village and what would be his own destiny.

Rosanna succeeds and Roberto is waiting. Their love of music becomes a passion, their love towards each other becomes an obsession and the path that this destiny has taken is going to be paved with troubles forever.

This is a strong character driven novel. You have very little idea of the time setting, other than the occasional place and year reference at the start of a chapter. Nothing that is going on in the outside world to Rosanna and Roberto is going to detract from their story it does not need to. They are driving this story through.

From Italian villages and cities, opera stages across the world in London and New York, Lucinda Riley takes us with Rosanna and Roberto as their romantic story is played out for all to see.

It is ultimately a love story about being together and being apart and all the ties that bind love together.
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magine yourself in a grand theatre near the canal in Naples, sitting in the darkened auditorium, scared to breath as you don’t want to break the silence of anticipation. What awaits you is a musical spectacle with some of the greatest performers of their age..

The curtain rises, you shiver with excitement..

What must it feel like for those performing right in front of so many expecting eyes, focused and just waiting to capture every single moment of the spectacular that unfolds..

Lucinda Riley allows us to go behind the curtain of the most glittering opera houses in Italy and those of Convent Garden and New York to meet two great performers whose story behind the scenes was as operatic if not more so than that on the stage..

Settings – Naples, the Metropolitan Opera house in New York and La Scala in Milan. (to name but a few)

Rosanna Menici is just a girl when she meets Roberto Rossini. She has dreams of becoming a great opera singer like him and her journey to becoming a singer with some of the greatest opera houses over the world is a journey paved with obstacles, hardships and an obsessive love. When they fall in love, that’s when Rosanna’s life really starts to play out as if on the stage itself.
Rosanna ‘s journey starts from her humble beginnings in the back streets of Naples – in the Piedigrotta. The locations, as always with Lucinda’s books are stunning and evocative in every way by the sights, sounds, smells and the air around you. You are with Rosanna and her brother as she stands in the garden of a local singing teacher and performs hoping to catch his ear .
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