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The Italian Villa

An Emotional and Absolutely Gripping WW2 Historical Romance
Narrated by: Lisa Rost-Welling
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Summary

Inspired by true events, and for fans of The Beekeeper’s Promise and The Tuscan Child, comes a passionate, heartbreaking and absolutely pause-resisting story of two remarkable women, separated by history, finding the courage to look for light in the darkest places. 

As she staggers through the woods towards the smoky remains of her village, she sees the wounded, all those familiar faces covered in blood and ashes, and remembers she isn’t just a woman; she is a doctor, and she is needed...

1938 - A young Italian couple cling to each other in the shadow of the Montevino mountains, Mussolini’s call to war ringing in their ears. They vow to stay together, no matter what, and hatch a plan to wed in secret before fleeing to the woods to join the resistance. 

Present Day - Callie Di Giacomo, a waitress from Texas, is still reeling from the discovery that she is adopted when she arrives in Montevino in search of answers - the keys to the stunning hillside villa she just inherited clutched tightly in her hand. In her birth mother’s wardrobe grief-stricken Callie finds a diary belonging to a woman named Elisa Stella, one of Italy’s first ever female students of medicine, wrapped in pale blue ribbon.  

Page by page, Callie unravels the story of a passionate young doctor who risked everything to marry her sweetheart, who was betrayed by her own people, and forced into hiding as Montevino was invaded. Elisa knew she must survive against all odds to see her loved ones again. But history had other plans… 

As the diary ends, a startling revelation about who Elisa was offers a chance for Callie to heal past wounds and spark a new future. But is she brave enough to take it?  

This unforgettable story of love, loss and resilience by the author of million-copy Amazon number one best seller, Watch Over Me, is perfect for anyone who loved The Letter, The Tattooist of Auschwitz or The Dressmaker’s Gift.  

©2020 Daniela Sacerdoti (P)2020 Bookouture

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Gripping.

Loved every minute, thank goodness for Audible that opens the world of wonder ful author's,stories, & narrators.

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Good story.

The narrator was good. Loved the Italian accents. Enjoyable story. Going back in the family to the present day makes it entertaining.

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A good read

This is a bit of a nagging reminder that many Americans long for a European, preferably French or Italian romantic connection. It’s a pleasant story and the writing is similarly pleasant, but it doesn’t sparkle or have terribly much depth. Nevertheless, I did listen to the end and found the book to be pleasant and undemanding.

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Easy listen

A dual time frame novel set during the 1930's and the present. Callie living in Texas discovers her past is not what she thought and travels to Italy to discover the truth. With a diary belonging to the mysterious Elisa can she discover the truth and will the locals tell her what they know. The writing brought to life the town and villa, painting a picture of the setting and some of the food (which sounded delicious). A story of secrets, heartbreak and romance it was an easy listen which swept you along with the story.

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Easy, light listen

The Italian Villa is told in dual time frames – the present and during the Second World War (using diary entries). It is a tale of romance and family secrets and I loved the descriptions of the glorious Italian countryside, the village of Montevino and life in an Italian village. This was an entertaining, light and easy listen, though perhaps a bit too much romance for me!

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Dual time period story with romance and mystery

This is a story set with two time periods and follows the stories of Callie, an orphaned young woman from Texas who discovers her family roots in Italy, and Elisa with a story told through her diary and set in the late 1930's as Mussolini's power set Italians against each other. There was much to enjoy in this tale with romance and family secrets but I think I might have enjoyed it more without the slightly jarring Italian 'sing song' accent from the narrator - having stayed in Italy many times I found it unconvincing and I think I would have preferred it without the accents. It has some touching moments and is an easy listen - a good book for your holiday case as well.

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  • Teresa
  • 04-06-20

Loved it!!!

⁣ Th̷e̷ It̷a̷l̷i̷a̷n̷ Vi̷l̷l̷a̷ Re̷v̷i̷e̷w̷⁣ ⁣ This dual timeline of the present and 1930’s wartime Italy captured my heart! The way author Daniela Sacerdoti describes Montevino, Italy oh it sounds like the most beautiful, spellbinding little village and I want to go there! ⁣ ⁣ 🌸🌼🌺🌸🌼🌺🌸🌼🌺🌸🌼🌺🌸🌼🌺⁣ Synopsis:⁣ Callie is a twenty-one year old orphan who can’t seem to find her place in the world, when she finds out on her birthday that the parents that died in a car crash were actually her adoptive parents. When the lawyer tells her that her real mother is Italian from the small village of Montevino, she heads to Italy to find her roots and discovers much more...⁣ ⁣ 🌺🌸🌼🌺🌸🌼🌺🌸🌼🌺🌸🌼🌺🌸🌼⁣ ⁣ This story was so heart-warming and such a nice surprise, I loved it and will definitely be checking out more of Daniela’s Sacerdoti’s works! ⁣ ⁣ Happy Reading Everyone! ⁣ ⁣

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  • Ree
  • 14-04-20

Insulting and demeaning narration.

The fact that this person thought that a stereotypical and insulting Italian accent, where virtually every word ended in “a”, was a satisfactory representation demonstrates a lack of thought and research and an ignorance of stereotypes that were erased a generation ago. Shame on the author, editors, and production crew for not stopping this travesty.

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  • Jan M
  • 23-03-20

Powerful Past and Present!

Daniela Sacerdoti wrote a powerful listen that is full of love, loss, resilience and hope. I loved how she incorporated actual facts into the storyline and did not gloss over the atrocities of war. The imagery of the countryside and village was so compelling. I could visualize so many details. Lisa Rost-Welling was incredible bringing the characters to life. She added the right emotions to her performance.

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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 05-03-20

A story to get lost in

The moving story of Callie who grew up in the care system having been orphaned at the age of 10. She has a waitressing job, good friends and is saving to go to college but her life is turned upside down on her 21st birthday when she receives the news that she was adopted. At first she cannot believe the news but after reading a letter from her birth mother she decides to find out the truth. Her journey takes her to Montevino in Italy, she has inherited a beautiful villa, and she discovers her true family roots. A heartwarming, emotional story with wonderful descriptions of the Italian village and countryside, a story to get lost in.

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  • paula wright
  • 01-03-20

Wow. What a fantastic book

I so enjoyed this book about a small village in northern Italy during ww2 and present time 2019 I certainly appreciated the lack of profanity and sexual scenes. I know there was violence but it was touched upon and not the main theme. I never lost interest and finished in two days and hated to see it end. Great description of two separate times 70 yrs apart in same village I loved the characters we were supposed to love Those Italians were full of life and love