Sarah seeks solitude and fresh pastures in the wake of her husband’s early death. She answers a newspaper advertisement and takes up residence in Villa Rosamanti, a gorgeous 400 year-old dwelling nestled into the hillside of Monte Tiberio, on the Island of Capri, Italy.
She soon discovers a strong resonance with the house, the gardens, and the quirky pets. As the sun-filled days pass in the gorgeous old house, she builds a deep liking for, and rapport with, Elena Lombardi, the deceased owner. But it’s when she meets Pietro, Elena’s grandson, that she finds it’s not just the villa that she’s falling in love with.
Handsome, charming, and the epitome of a passionate Italian, Pietro lets the magic of Rosamanti work its wonders on Sarah. Together they search for ancient treasure, and end up finding each other, their love blooming like the rampant bougainvillea blossoms in the garden at Rosamanti.
They walked back in a comfortable silence, stopping at the chicken coop to pick up the basket of eggs. When they reached the villa, Pietro took her to a cool and inviting garden covered with a wooden pergola smothered in thick bougainvillea, the blossoms forming a purple canopy and casting shade over the area. A little white wrought iron table and matching chairs sat on some grey flagstones. The breezeway caught a small, cool puff of air, fanning the droplets of perspiration on her brow. She sat transfixed by the beauty of Rosamanti, its gardens, and by the stunning view. It felt surreal to be sitting here in this idyllic spot. She suddenly wished she’d had the opportunity to meet the lady who called Rosamanti home.
Just then, Pietro appeared with a tray, upon which was a large jug of lemon drink, with slices of lemon and cubes of ice floating in it.
“Why the sad face?”
The ice clinked merrily as he poured out two glasses.
“I was just regretting that I didn’t get to meet your nonna. She sounds like a wonderful lady.”
Pietro nodded his head. “I too, regret that, Sarah. You would have liked her.” His smile returned. “I made this from our own lemons. It is my nonna’s recipe.”
She tasted it. “Mm! Oh, seriously Pietro, that is delicious!”
His smile told her he was pleased.
About the author:
Noelle Clark is an Australian author who weaves romance, suspense and adventure into colorful and often exotic locations around the world. Widely traveled, Noelle uses real life experience of places, culture, and people, as a backdrop to her stories, giving the reader an authentic taste of the location. Her novels feature strong, mature, heroines and heroes, who - often without knowing it - are ready for new beginnings. Noelle’s characters, like her, believe that love can be sweet at any age.
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