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  • THE TUSCAN CONTESSA

    Dinah Jefferies

    • Penguin
    • 23 Juillet 2020

    A sweeping new novel from the number one Sunday Times bestselling author of The Tea Planter's Wife , available for pre-order now In 1940s Tuscany, Contessa Sofia della Torre's peaceful home in a medieval palazzo among the olive groves has been upturned by the arrival of German soldiers. She is desperate to help her friends in the village fight back in any way she can, all while keeping her efforts secret from her husband Lorenzo, who fears for their safety. When Maxine, a no-nonsense Italian-American journalist, arrives in Tuscany to report on the Allied war effort and trace her Italian heritage, the two women forge an uneasy alliance. Before long they find themselves entangled in a dangerous game with the Nazis, each trying to save the ones they love... 'Dinah Jefferies has a remarkable gift for conjuring up another time and place with lush descriptions, full of power and intensity' Kate Furnivall

  • A stolen sister. A daughter determined to uncover the truth. Belle Hatton has embarked upon an exciting new life far from home: a glamorous job as a nightclub singer in 1930s Burma, with a host of sophisticated new friends and admirers. But Belle is haunted by a mystery from the past - a 25 year old newspaper clipping found in her parents' belongings after their death, saying that the Hattons were leaving Rangoon after the disappearance of their baby daughter, Elvira. Belle is desperate to find out what happened to the sister she never knew she had - but when she starts asking questions, she is confronted with unsettling rumours, malicious gossip, and outright threats. Oliver, an attractive, easy-going American journalist, promises to help her, but an anonymous note tells her not to trust those closest to her. . . Belle survives riots, intruders, and bomb attacks - but nothing will stop her in her mission to uncover the truth. Can she trust her growing feelings for Oliver? Is her sister really dead? And could there be a chance Belle might find her?

  • Gwendolyn débarque en 1925 à Ceylan, impatiente de retrouver son nouvel époux, un riche planteur de thé, veuf depuis peu. Mais l'homme qui l'accueille se révèle rapidement très différent de celui qui l'avait séduite à Londres.

    Distant, Laurence se consacre à son travail, laissant sa jeune épouse découvrir seule la plantation. Heureuse lorsqu'elle tombe enceinte, Gwen sombre pourtant vite dans un cauchemar. Lors de l'accouchement, la jeune mère est confrontée à un terrible dilemme et doit faire un choix...

    Si la vérité éclate, Laurence parviendra-t-il à comprendre et à lui pardonner??

  • *A Richard & Judy Book Club Pick 2018* *A Top 10 Sunday Times Bestseller* A sweeping, breath-taking story of love and betrayal from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of The Tea Planter's Wife Ceylon, 1935. Louisa Reeve, the daughter of a successful British gem trader, and her husband Elliot, a charming, thrill-seeking businessman, seem like the couple who have it all. Except what they long for more than anything: a child. While Louisa struggles with miscarriages, Elliot is increasingly absent, spending much of his time at a nearby cinnamon plantation, overlooking the Indian ocean. After his sudden death, Louisa is left alone to solve the mystery he left behind. Revisiting the plantation at Cinnamon Hills, she finds herself unexpectedly drawn towards the owner Leo, a rugged outdoors man with a chequered past. The plantation casts a spell, but all is not as it seems. And when Elliot's shocking betrayal is revealed, Louisa has only Leo to turn to... 'A sweeping tale, beautifully written in a wonderful setting, heartrending yet ultimately uplifting. Gorgeous.' Katie Fforde 'The sights, smells and atmosphere of Ceylon are beautifully depicted. This is Dinah Jefferies at her best' Lucinda Riley 'Dinah Jefferies has a remarkable gift for conjuring up another time and place with lush descriptions, full of power and intensity' Kate Furnivall

  • Gwendolyn débarque en 1925 à Ceylan, impatiente de retrouver son nouvel époux, un riche planteur de thé, veuf depuis peu. Mais l'homme qui l'accueille se révèle rapidement très différent de celui qui l'avait séduite à Londres.

    Distant, Laurence se consacre à son travail, laissant sa jeune épouse découvrir seule la plantation. Heureuse lorsqu'elle tombe enceinte, Gwen sombre pourtant vite dans un cauchemar. Lors de l'accouchement, la jeune mère est confrontée à un terrible dilemme et doit faire un choix...

    Si la vérité éclate, Laurence parviendra-t-il à comprendre et à lui pardonner??

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