Summer at the Villa Rosa, novel by Nicky Pellegrino

“To be widowed so young is a tragedy; a tragedy for us all.”

Raffaella Moretti is by far the most beautiful girl in the southern Italian village of Triento and she is about to marry the only boy she has every loved. It seems that nothing but happiness lies in store for Raffaella.

The last thing she expects is to find herself a widow one short year later, down on her hands and knees, scrubbing clean the layers of dirt from a strange house. As Raffaella struggles to recapture her own lost happiness she is pulled into a conflict that threatens not only to divide Triento but destroy all she holds dear.

Filled with feuds, love and longing, reading The Gypsy Tearoom is like taking a seat in the piazza of Triento somewhere between the bustle of the market stalls and the sweetly-scented bakery and becoming part of the endless spectacle of life there.

“A touching story about one woman’s search for love.”

– Sunday Express newspaper

“The descriptions of Italian food will make your mouth water.”

– Cosmopolitan magazine

“If Chocolat had an Italian cousin, it would be this novel…Like dessert for your soul.”

– Cleo magazine

“Hugely satisfying.”

– Dominion Post newspaper