A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito.
A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the one clue to the child's identity.
When Rosa turns fifteen, she must leave the nuns who have raised her and become governess to the daughter of an aristocrat and his strange, frightening wife.
Their house is elegant but cursed, and Rosa - blessed with gifts beyond her considerable musical talents -- is torn between her desire to know the truth and her fear of its repercussions.
Meanwhile, the hand of Fascism curls around beautiful Italy, threatening her citizens.
In the face of unimaginable hardship, will Rosa's intelligence, intuition and her extraordinary capacity for love be enough to ensure her survival?
A compelling and beautiful tale about sacrifice and reward, of beauty and horror, and of redemption.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 656 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 19/07/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780857208781
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Review by patrizia1710
What a lovely book to read. I found it hard to put it down once I started. A bit of romance, mystery and an adventure into the uncertain with the very brave and much to be admired Rosa. Would like to read more by this author.
Review by booksintheburbs
I was entranced from the first chapter. I don’t typically read any voodoo-who-do type of books, and this wasn’t really one. However, there is a bit of mysticism that weaves itself around the storyline. Rosa is an orphan, brought to a convent, by someone the nuns describe as “the wolf”. So, I begin seeing Jack Nicholson (from the movie, “Wolf”), and wonder if this is going to get creepy. Jack scared me from the movie, “The Shining”, so I wasn’t too excited to get Jack’s fangs in my head.However, “the wolf” is not a wolf, even though there are some black magic mentions.This mysterious man appears at the convent with a little baby girl, wrapped in a blanket with a silver key. The key is the only link to the baby girl’s family of origin and is a clue to some of the answers Rosa hopes to find out.I loved the relationship between Rosa and the nun, who became a surrogate mother to her. It was special and Rosa had the love of a mother in this particular woman. At the age of 15, Rosa is sent to be a governess in a household, where workers are hushed, secrets are hidden behind walls, and people are not who they appear to be.This is a story that will keep you on your toes, as Belinda Alexander takes her readers back in time during Italy’s struggle through Fascism. It’s a book that won’t disappoint!