The Villa

  • by Rosanna Ley
  • Narrated by Anna Bentinck
  • 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
Initially resistant to Tess going back to her roots, Flavia realises the secrets from her past are about to be revealed and decides to try to explain her actions. Meanwhile, Tess' teenage daughter Ginny is stressed by college, by her blooming sexuality, and filled with questions that she longs to ask her father, if only she knew where he was. Three women, all seeking answers. Will Villa Sirena bring them together - or drive them apart?


What the Critics Say

"A warm and passionate story that is as beguiling as the aromatic tastes and scents of Sicily itself ... Richly written, always engrossing. The perfect summer read" (Kate Furnivall, author of The White Pearl)
"Beautifully written, warm and romantic... The perfect holiday read" (Rachel Hore, author of A Gathering Storm)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

So happy when it was over...

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone with more patience

Has The Villa put you off other books in this genre?


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

This book does have a great storyline but it is draged out. There are annoying repetitions 'slithering snakes' and the like and is very, very slow paced at many times. I did enjoy the story idea which is why I continued until the end but there was A LOT that could have been cut out!

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- Amazon Customer

A Waste of Time and Money

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it were a different book all together.

What was most disappointing about Rosanna Ley’s story?

Too predictable.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her male Italian voices were comical and very distracting.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?


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- SheilaZ

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-03-2014
  • Publisher: Quercus