Author(s): Sarah-Kate Lynch
Violetta has a sixth sense when it comes to love, which is why she is 'spiritual leader' of The Secret League of Widowed Darners, an all-but invisible army of ancient Italian widows who spend their time mending broken hearts in a hilltop town in Tuscany. Then Lily Turner arrives fresh from the boardrooms of Manhattan. She's just found out that her perfect husband has been having the children she could never have right there in Montevedova, with someone else, so she's come to find him and chop him into tiny pieces. With this Violetta's sixth sense disappears, the perfect husband goes underground, a handsome Italian rides in on a white charger, Lily's heart breaks yet again and in skips Francesca, a troubled six-year-old who just wants to make cantucci. Suddenly, happiness is only a cookie-cutter away.
When journalist Sarah-Kate Lynch was told by a former editor that she was only employed to tell jokes in the canteen, she started looking for another career. Twenty years later (it was a really good canteen), she found one: writing novels. She also writes two columns in the New Zealand WOMAN'S WEEKLY, New Zealand's best-read magazine. One is about nothing and the other is about books. Sarah-Kate usually lives in a cliff top house on the wild west coast of New Zealand but likes to escape whenever possible for "research" purposes to far-flung spots in pretty parts of the world where she enjoys the local cuisine and the odd glass of wine.