That Summer in Sicily: A Love Story
“At villa Donnafugata, long ago is never very far away,” writes bestselling author Marlena de Blasi of the magnificent if somewhat ruined castle in the mountains of Sicily that she stumbles upon one summer while traveling with her husband. There de Blasi is befriended by Tosca, the patroness of... show more
“At villa Donnafugata, long ago is never very far away,” writes bestselling author Marlena de Blasi of the magnificent if somewhat ruined castle in the mountains of Sicily that she stumbles upon one summer while traveling with her husband. There de Blasi is befriended by Tosca, the patroness of the villa, who shares her own unforgettable love story. In a luminous and tantalizing voice, de Blasi re-creates Tosca’s life and romance with the last prince of Sicily descended from the French nobles of Anjou. But when Prince Leo attempts to better the lives of his peasants, his defiance of the local Mafia costs him dearly. The present-day narrative finds Tosca sharing her considerable inherited wealth with a harmonious society composed of many of the women–now widowed–who once worked the prince’s land alongside their husbands. This marvelous epic drama reminds us that in order to live a rich life, one must embrace both life’s sorrow and its beauty.
Publish date: May 19th 2009
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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Series: Italian Memoirs
It was a tough book to get into. The beginning was very vague; but once the story line appeared, it got more and more interesting. The ending was unexpected; but made the book even more appealing.
NO SPOILERS - JUST MY IMPRESSIONS§Finished: What a story! For me there should be no debate about whether a book gets 4 or 5 stars; if you cannot decide then it is only 4 stars. You have to be sure about a 5 star book. I am sure that this one gets my 5 stars. Why? Tosca, her life and what she made of...
2.5 Stars An ok read for me but not really my type of book as its romance and was little to twee for meThis was a recommendation by a bookshop while holidaying in Italy and while the book suited the vacation it just didn't suit the reader.The Writer Marlena De Blasi and her husband were on an as...