Summer at the Villa Rosa Paperback
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 her.
Yet, just one year later, she is a widow, and has taken a job as housekeeper in the Villa Rosa, working for a young American. As Raffaella struggles to recapture her 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 a conflict that threatens to divide Triento and destroy all she holds dear. Filled with love, delicious food and wonderful characters, SUMMER AT THE VILLA ROSA is like taking a seat in a sun-drenched piazza and absorbing yourself in the sights and sounds of Italian life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 26/06/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780752893228
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Review by nordie
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.