- Audio CD
- Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 Jan. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471252493
- ISBN-13: 978-1471252495
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,706 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,646,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Villa Audio CD – 1 Jan 2014
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When Tess Angel receives a solicitor's letter inviting her to claim her inheritance - the Villa Sirena, perched on a clifftop in Sicily - she is stunned. Her only link to the island is through her mother, Flavia, who left Sicily during World War II and cut all contact with her family. Flavia realises that secrets she's kept hidden are about to be revealed and decides to try to explain her past. 'The Villa will stay with you long after you've devoured this tale of family feuds, secrets and passion, Sicilian-style ... Romantic, escapist and mouthwatering' VERONICA HENRY
Top Customer Reviews
Tess realises her life has hit a rut, a dead end job and relationship with a married man are taking her nowhere fast. She decides she must go against her mother's wishes and visit Ceteria, Sicily and visit the villa she now owns. As she begins to explore the sun-bleached village and crystal blue sea, Tess quickly realises Sicily is as complex as it is beautiful. Every person she meets has a story and grudge to keep from her. Tess struggles to sift through all the complications and find out exactly why the mysterious Edward Westerman left her his villa.
The narrative jumps between Ginny in England, Tess in Sicily and Flavia reliving her escape from Sicily as a young woman, and all the secrets of her past. I found myself drawn to Flavia, her character felt very real and passionate, and whilst frustrating little detail is given away right up to the end, you just can't help appreciate her strength. In contrast I found Ginny's voice a little more jarring at the start. I wasn't sure if it was just an annoying teenage thing, but for the first section of the book she doesn't come across particularly likable. Although after a few crisis moments her character does appear to grow up and the narrative gets into its stride a little easier.
The book is very much a human story, brimming with emotion, and full of heart.Read more ›
Unfortunately, I struggled with the writing style. The repetitive use of '...' drove me crazy! I closed the book and went off to do something else at times, because of this. It ended sentences, began them, and randomly appeared in the middle of some! The author is also fond of using brackets in the middle of a sentence and then going into so much detail within them, that by the time you get to the closed bracket and read the second half of the sentence you have forgotten the first half. Half-finished sentences ending in ..., brackets with too much lengthy detail within, and incorrect comma usage, and lack thereof, makes this a very clumsily flowing book to read. I also hate the fact the teenage girl in it uses exclamations such as "Jumping jellyfish!", "Perishing pelicans!" and "Galloping guinea pigs!" Throughout the book this verges on becoming insufferable! Who says those sorts of things? Certainly not teenagers!
The book also contains a lot of descriptive detail about food, including full recipes with lovingly described methods. I'm not a foodie so this was annoying and boring, and meant having to skip large chunks of text. I wanted to read a novel, not a cook book!
In summary, it's an enjoyable and, at times, exciting story with several tales interwoven. However, it's far-fetched, unbelievable, full of unnecessary cooking recipes and confusingly bad punctuation.
I can almost always finish a book and find some little thing that niggled me, but not this time. it was pure escapism without too much sex, too much overworked description and free recipies thrown in. It was just lovely. Well done Rosanna, I shall look forward to your next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whilst slightly predictable at times it is still most definitely a page turner. Beautiful imagery especially under the sea. The inclusion of muma's recipes was inspired. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Choosy chick Chelsea
Great book, I did not want it to end. I would love a follow up book - Did Flavia and Lenny stay in Il Tesoro, what about Tess and Tonino?Published 2 months ago by mrs bambi
Good interesting read. Excellent details of characters and country, buildings and customs. I was almost there myself in the beautiful sea.Published 3 months ago by Cherie Lockyer
On the surface an easy to read tale but soon the character's layers weave around you and pull you into a a rich tale spanning generations effortlessly transporting you in time from... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ann P