The Sunday Times top 10 best-selling author
Discover a brilliant story of love, danger, courage and betrayal, from the internationally best-selling author of The Betrayal.
Italy, 1932 - Mussolini's Italy is growing from strength to strength, but at what cost?
One bright autumn morning, architect Isabella Berotti sits at a café in the vibrant centre of Bellina when a woman she's never met asks her to watch her 10-year-old daughter, just for a moment. Reluctantly Isabella agrees - and then watches in horror as the woman climbs to the top of the town's clock tower and steps over the edge.
This tragic encounter draws vivid memories to the surface, forcing Isabella to probe deeper into the secrets of her own past as she tries to protect the young girl from the authorities. Together with charismatic photographer Roberto Falco, Isabella is about to discover that secrets run deeper and are more dangerous than either of them could have possibly imagined....
From the glittering marble piazzas to the picturesque hillside villages and winding streets of Rome, Kate Furnivall's epic new novel will take you on an breathtaking journey of intrigue, romance, and betrayal.
"Breathtaking historical fiction." (The Times)
"Furnivall's descriptions are powerful...the plotting and pace are breathless." (Historical Novels Review)
"The setting is sweeping, the story big and the description vivid." (Courier Mail)
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Pretty but dull
A stronger "mystery". The through line for the lead character seemed to be "who would shoot my unpleasant murderer husband" and the answer seemed to be "anybody, he was an unpleasant murderer". Then she was baffled as to why, again, see "unpleasant murderer".I really failed to understand how that element was in any way supposed to grip a listener.
A less easily wrapped up plot, a better hook with the husband and fewer magical escapes just before it looks like it's all over.
Jane McDowell read beautifully. Wonderful lilts of accents without making it hard to a non Italian speaker.
It flowed and I finished listening to it. It's a fascinating setting and concept with some lovely description.