Nothing sings as sweetly as love, or burns quite like betrayal
Rosanna Menici is just a girl when she meets Roberto Rossini, the man who will change her life. In the years to come, their destinies are bound together by their extraordinary talents as opera singers and by their enduring but obsessive love for each other – a love that will ultimately affect the lives of all those closest to them. For, as Rosanna slowly discovers, their unison is haunted by irreversible events from the past.
Rosanna’s journey takes her from humble beginnings in the back streets of Naples to the glittering stages of the world’s most prestigious opera houses. Set against a memorable backdrop of Lucinda Riley’s trademark evocative locations, The Italian Girl unfolds into a poignant and unforgettable tale of love, betrayal and self-discovery.
But I’ll admit it, I slightly wrong footed when I realised that this one was a previously released book – Aria, issued under the name of Lucinda Edmonds – extensively re-written. But I really shouldn’t have worried – this book was simply wonderful, totally all-consuming while I was reading (it’s a hefty 576 pages, so it took a few days!), one of those books that takes over your life to such a degree that when you emerge at the other end you feel as if you’ve lived every moment with people you really don’t want to leave behind.
Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland and wrote her first book aged 24. Her novel Hothouse Flower (also called The Orchid House) was selected for the UK’s Richard and Judy Bookclub in 2011 and went on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide and become a New York Times Bestseller. Her second novel, The Girl on the Cliff, also made it onto The New York Times Bestseller list, in its first week, and The Light Behind the Window (also called The Lavender Garden) topped the German bestseller list for nine weeks. The Midnight Rose was published in most markets of the world in early 2014.