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June 16, 2015



Published by Little brown 7th May 2015

Italy, 1932 – Mussolini’s Italy is going from strength, but at what cost?

One bright autumn morning, architect Isabella Berotti sits at a cafe in the vibrant centre of Bellina, when a  woman she’s never met asks her to watch her ten-ear-old daughter, just for a moment. Reluctantly, Isabella agrees and then watches in horror as the woman climbs to the top of the town’s clock tower and steps over the edge.

This tragic encounter draws vivid memories to the surface, forcing Isabella to probe deeper into the secrets of her own past as she tries to protect the young girl from the authorities. Together with charismatic photographer Roberto Falco, Isabella is about to discover that secrets run deeper, and are more dangerous, than either of them could have possibly imagined.

From the glittering marble piazzas to the picturesque hillside villages and winding streets of Rome, Kate Furnivall’s epic new novel will take you on a breath-taking journey of intrigues, romance and betrayal.

My review

I loved this story.  When a woman asks Isabella to watch her child just for a few minutes. The woman placed a crucifix on the cafe table. The woman jabbed a finger in the direction of the Party headquarters. ‘Them’ she spat on the ground in disgust. ‘Those Fascist murderers. ‘They will pay for it now’. Isabella wanted to know how the woman knew her husband had died.  Did the woman know something about Isabella’s personal life? The next time Isabella sees the little girls mother is at top of the clock tower falling to the ground.  A great story that moulds together.


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