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Historical Fiction | The Italian Villa | Daniela Sacerdoti

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I’m delighted to be on tour with Bookouture today sharing my thoughts about The Italian Villa by Daniela Sacerdoti.

Inspired by true events, this is a story not to miss.

Italy, 1938 – Elisa clings to Leo in the shadow of the Montevino mountains, the call to war ringing in her ears. They hatch a plan to wed in secret before Leo flees to the woods to join the resistance, and vow to find each other again when the war is over. But history has other plans…

Texas, present day – Callie Di Giacomo, a small-town waitress, is still reeling from the discovery that she’s adopted when she arrives in Montevino in search of answers about her real family – the keys to the stunning hillside villa she has just inherited clutched tightly in her hand. In her birthmother’s wardrobe grief-stricken Callie finds a diary belonging to a woman named Elisa Stella, one of Italy’s first ever female doctors, wrapped in pale blue ribbon.

Page by page, Callie is swept away by Elisa’s story, increasingly certain that their lives – and their fates – are somehow connected, and that the truth about her family is hidden somewhere within the crinkled yellow pages. But just when all the pieces look like they are falling into place, a devastating betrayal in the diary unlocks a heart-breaking secret about who Callie’s mother really is. 

Can Callie, like Elisa, find the light in her darkest moment and use it to spark a new future?

Book cover for The Italian Villa by Daniela Sacerdoti

The Italian Villa by Daniela Sacerdoti is published by Bookouture and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.


I loved the timelines in The Italian Villa. Callie reading Elisa’s diary swept me back in time to experience Montevino at the time of WWII. I felt the same connection with Elisa and her life as I did with Callie in modern day.

I was eager to find out if Elisa’s dream for her career would manifest and the impact on her life. What I didn’t see coming was the Black Shirts, the resistance and the heartache that would bring …

Callie is indomitable. Used to fending for herself she doesn’t take no for an answer. Rivalries and secrets surface not long after her arrival in Montevino but her spirit of survival carries her through on her search to uncover the truth. I enjoyed seeing the connections she makes grow stronger and they filled my heart as much as they did for Callie.

I found it easy to get caught up in the life and rituals of this Italian village. A great way to experience a different culture. 🙂

The Italian Villa is atmospheric and full of intrigue. It’s a story about those invisible familial bonds that draw us close and give us our roots, a place to belong. Where love is a power that gives us the strength to make changes and sacrifice something of ourselves for others.

Recommended read!

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Daniela Sacerdoti is a phenomenon. Over one million copies of her novels have been sold in eBook, her debut novel WATCH OVER ME was the 8th bestselling Kindle book of all time in 2015 and she was also ranked as the 11th top-selling Kindle author. Daniela writes beautiful, haunting and bestselling fiction for adults (the Glen Avich series), young adults (the Sarah Midnight trilogy) and children. Her novels have been translated in twelve languages. Daniela was born and raised in Italy. She studied Classics, then lived in Scotland for fourteen years, where she married and taught in a primary school. Daniela’s children’s book Really Weird Removals.Com was shortlisted for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards. She has also written for the BBC. Daniela, her husband and their two sons make their home in a tiny village in the Alps. 

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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