Summer at the Villa Rosa, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


A wonderfully atmospheric, touching and sumptuous novel about a young widow's search for happiness in a small Italian village. Raffaella Moretti, by far the most beautiful girl in the southern Italian town of Triento, is about to marry the only boy she has ever loved.

It seems that nothing but happiness lies in store for Raffaella.

Yet, just one year later, she is a widow, and has had to take a job as housekeeper in the Villa Rosa, for the young American who is temporarily working in Triento. As Raffaella struggles to recapture her own lost happiness she starts looking for ways to help those around her to do the same.

There is Silvana the baker's wife, her passion barely hidden; Carlotta the gardener's daughter with her mysterious grief, and the kind and gentle owner of the Gypsy Tearoom who offers Raffaella friendship.

As the lives of these villagers interweave, Raffaella is pulled into the centre of a conflict that threatens not only to divide Triento but also to destroy all she holds dear. Filled with food, love and longing, SUMMER AT THE VILLA ROSA is like taking a seat in a sun-drenched piazza, and becoming a tiny part of the endless spectacle of life there.




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A Short book dealing with love, death, grief, romance, food and everything else in between. People come and go, sides are chosen and fought for. Raffella, still young and still the prettiest girl in the village, finds herself a widow after a year of marriage. She finds herself without a husband, a home or a job in one fell swoop. However the priests in the town have concocted a plan to have a statue of Christ built outside the town, and Raffella is hired to be the housekeeper for the architect hired to complete the work.Like life things are not wrapped up at the end in a nice bundle. Romances dont complete the way you may have expected. The description of the food and the scenery were particularly enjoyable and it would be interesting to see if Pellegrino ever got involved with an Italian cookbook.

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