Author(s): Nicky Pellegrino
Raffaella Moretti, by far the most beautiful girl in the southern Italian town of Triento, is about to marry the only boy she has ever loved. It seems that nothing but happiness lies in store for Raffaella. Yet, just one year later, she is a widow, and has had to take a job as housekeeper in the Villa Rosa, for the young American who is temporarily working in Triento. As Raffaella struggles to recapture her own lost happiness she starts looking for ways to help those around her to do the same. There is Silvana the baker's wife, her passion barely hidden; Carlotta the gardener's daughter with her mysterious grief, and the kind and gentle owner of the Gypsy Tearoom who offers Raffaella friendship. As the lives of these villagers interweave, Raffaella is pulled into the centre of a conflict that threatens not only to divide Triento but also to destroy all she holds dear. Filled with food, love and longing, SUMMER AT THE VILLA ROSA is like taking a seat in a sun-drenched piazza, and becoming a tiny part of the endless spectacle of life there.
The exotic quality of Joanne Harris meets the warm, traditional storytelling of Maureen Lee. Nicky Pellegrino is the editor of a women's magazine in New Zealand Rights to her novels have so far sold to Germany, Holland, Portugal and Spain. Her novels have received excellent reviews: 'Set against a backdrop of love, life, friendship and food, Mediterranean beauty Raffaella attempts to rediscover her happiness after her one true love dies ... The descriptions of Italian food will make your mouth water.' Cosmopolitan. 'A touching story about one woman's search for love' Sunday Express. 'Full-bodied as a rich Italian red, it is a page-turner combining the missed chances of CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN with the foodie pleasures of CHOCOLAT. A warming read for a winter's night' Eve. 'If you like your stories on the sensuous side, this debut novel is for you' Glamour.
When Nicky Pellegrino's Italian father came to England he fell in love with and married a Liverpool girl. He brought to his new family his passion for food and every summer the family returned to Italy. When Nicky met and married a New Zealander she moved to Auckland where she works as a journalist and edits a woman's magazine. She hordes her annual leave so that she and her husband can return to Italy to meet up with her family, eat the best mozzarella and research her books.