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The Villa in Italy

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  825 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Four different people are named in a will - Delia, an opera singer robbed of her voice by illness; George, an idealistic scientist; Marjorie, desperately poor & unable to dislodge her writer's block; & Lucius, whose personal life is in chaos. This is a tale of four strangers summoned to a grand but neglected villa on the Italian coast.
Paperback, 426 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by HarperTorch
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Neide Parafitas
Uma bela surpresa este livro!!! :)

Quatro pessoas que não se conhecem entre si vêem-se nomeadas num testamento de uma mulher, da qual não têm qualquer tipo de conhecimento.

Beatrice Malaspina, a mulher que fez o testamento e dona da Villa Dante exige que os quatro desconhecidos compareçam na sua Villa em Itália. Estes acedem, curiosos com este enigma e descobrem na Villa Dante um lugar mágico e capaz de operar milagres nos seus estados de espírito!

Mas à medida que procuram resolver o mistério ace
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Carol
I did enjoy this book, and it re-awakened my desire to visit Italy. The descriptions of the landscape, culture and people are very good and evoke the slow, lazy summer days one dreams of in Italy.

I found the writing quite old fashioned but it was set in the 50s and I think the author was trying to make that more authentic.

I didn't like the way the main character was always called by her full name 'Beatrice Malaspina', naturally one would call her Beatrice after using the name so many times, an
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Andreia Silva
ste livro é qualquer coisa de fascinante! A história e o enredo à volta dela prende completamente o leitor! Aquele mistério todo com o cheiro a policial, mas sem o crime! E no fundo, o que o livro nos quer transmitir é que podemos sempre recomeçar de novo!
Sue
I read thus book whilst on holiday in the sun, which was ideal.

It's a bit of pleasant escapism. Well written, quite intriguing, and it feels warm.wqa

It's not a literary masterpiece, but so what. It's worth going into for a few hours.
Ally
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LindyLouMac
Prior to picking up this book in an Oxfam Bookshop in the UK I had not even heard of this author. I was attracted to the title because of the Italy in Books - Reading Challenge 2011 that I had heard about early in December for which it seemed a perfect candidate.

It certainly was and I thoroughly enjoyed this easy to read and very atmospheric novel set in a grand but neglected villa on the northern Italian coastline of Liguria in the nineteen fifties.

The protagonists are four complete strangers
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Echo
Jun 08, 2014 Echo rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: summer
To be perfectly candid, I originally downloaded this book because it was raining and the cover led me to believe it would be a light-hearted rom com set in sunny Italy.

However, what I ended up with was better than that. This story started off confusingly, but soon the main characters were in place and a mystery began to be uncovered, relationships developed and histories revealed. I found the whole thing enormously intriguing and couldn't put it down. I even got to luxuriate in the promised Ital
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Diane Will
Four total stranger are summoned to Italy to the Villa Dante. Beatrice Malaspina has named them in her will and each travel to see what fate will be bestowed upon them.

Likable characters and enchanting descriptions of the villa and the gardens. A gentle building of the plot and bringing together of the mystery of how they are all linked to Beatrice. I enjoyed it enough but I was beginning to long for the conclusion. A few twists in the end but tied up neatly.

It almost had the taste of an Agatha
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Mónica Silva
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Este é o livro perfeito para as férias de Verão: é uma leitura relaxada, despreocupada que emana calor e descanso.

Com personagens caricatas e animadas, este livro leva-nos a uma viagem pelas suas vidas, pelos desgostos do passado até descobrirmos os motivos para terem sido chamados a esta villa. Assistimos à criação de laços de amizade e à revelação de segredos obscuros.

Esta é uma obra divertida, cativante, descontraída, sem grande impacto
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Peters100
An interesting story that keeps you guessing and yet with a good outcome.

Tolerably well written but, for me, the characterization is rather weak.

Zoe
I only got as far as page 165, I very rarely abandon books but I could not be bothered with it any more! Predictable plot, clumsy writing, naff cliches, undeveloped characters, extremely formulaic and has put me off reading "chick-lit" for a long time. Maybe it's my fault for reading similar type of books in succession? Anyway, complete change of genre for next book!
Tempo de Ler
"Eram os pequenos nadas que faziam com que a vida valesse afinal a pena"

Nem sempre temos isto em mente; é comum os nossos pensamentos e capacidade para apreciar os 'pequenos nadas' estarem bloqueados pelas 'grandes complicações' da vida. Este é o caso do grupo de quatro desconhecidos convocados para a leitura do testamento de uma mulher sobre a qual nenhum deles alguma vez ouviu sequer falar - Beatrice Malaspina.

Quando chegam a Villa Dante, em Itália, os herdeiros são informados de que o codic
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Vanessa
Not my usual style of writing but I really enjoyed this book. I loved the individuals and how they came together as strangers but ended up such good friends. It provoked some good solid emotions. The plot was fun, quite unique but enjoyable.
Susan
Four different people are named in a will - Delia, an opera singer robbed of her voice by illness; George, an idealistic scientist; Marjorie, desperately poor & unable to dislodge her writer's block; & Lucius, whose personal life is in chaos. This is a tale of four strangers summoned to a grand but neglected villa on the Italian coast.

I started off thinking this book was clichéd, stilted writing but stuck with it because the story was intriguing. However, the more I read the more I enjo
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Liesbeth
Slow to start, the first few chapters are a bit of a drag. As the story and characters unfolded I got more and more drawn into the story.
Lovely setting, very suitable for the post war era in which the book is set.
Aromas de Cor
O livro: A capa mostra-nos uma pessoa sentada numa varanda numa indumentária de Verão, sentada e descontraída numa cadeira observando a paisagem.

Temas: Mistério light e romance que baste

Género/público: pessoas que gostam de leitura leve, sem grandes debates morais.

Personagens favoritas: Beatrice Malaspina, pela aura de mistério e Delia, pela triste história de amor.

Escrita: A escrita é simples sem grandes floreados mas que nos cativa a pouco e pouco até nos envolver completamente na história. O
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Sorcha
Nov 04, 2011 Sorcha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
In a post WWII world, four people - each damaged in their own way - are called the Italian home of a woman they've never met at the behest of her will. They are each tasked with finding the codicil to the will that tells them exactly what has been bequeathed them, all whilst staying in the Villa during the spring.[return][return]Despite being a little run down (the war having removed all the active and fit men from the area), the nature and the view start working their magic on people, so that e ...more
Claude Nougat
A delightful book, very British in more ways than one: the language, finely tuned in a British way like turning "phutt" into a verb to describe a vespa accelerating off; the characters with only one American, but that helps to set off the others, all so British; the setting, an Italian villa by the sea, seen through very English admiring eyes: they love nothing more than sea, sun and spaghetti! And there's quite a bit of suspense by the end as you wonder why such a disparate group of people (a s ...more
Ruthy
O antes...
"A encomenda dos advogados chegou cedo, numa manhã enevoada de Abril. Estava embrulhada em papel pardo, atada com fio e lacrada com cera vermelha."

Estava com vontade de ler mais livros desta autora, gosto das descrições por não serem demasiado extensas e da acção por ser desenrolada num ritmo constante. Adorei o primeiro livro desta autora e depois desse, este foi o que me "chamou" mais através da sinopse mas por me terem oferecido primeiramente outros só consegui lê-lo agora portanto
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Veronica
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Inês
Quatro pessoas completamente desconhecidas são chamadas para receber o que ficou no testamento de Beatrice Malaspina, nenhuma sabe que ligação poderá ter com a proprietária do testamento. Delia, cantora de ópera, Lucius, banqueiro, George, cientista nuclear, e Marjorie, escritora reprimida deslocam-se então a Villa Dante para perceber o que afinal se passa para serem referidos no testamento da proprietária da villa.
Segue-se um monte de mistérios, Beatrice preparou tudo de tal forma que fez os be
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Kathy Chung
Reviewed at : Mama Kucing Books : The Villa In Italy by Elizabeth Edmondson


There is a little bit of everything in this delightful novel. Each of them have their own secret past and the sadness cum regrets that they had to bear till today.

The beginning for the novel was interesting. The pace slowed a bit by the middle of the book. Nevertheless it still holds my attention. Bits and pieces start to reveal themselves. Mainly of the four person's past. Mystery still continues on. Nobody seems to know
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Pam Croft
Brilliant book. Loved it, and the way each character was so individual. I couldn't see how it was all going to work out, but it did, beautifully. Dragged just slightly occasionally, but maybe that was me. The characters were believable. I liked the ones I was meant to like and detested the ones who were meant to be detested. I don't normally read in this genre, maybe I should.
Zézinha Rosado
Este é o que eu chamo de um livro "morno", daqueles que eu tenho que fazer um esforço enorme para ler até ao final... e se fiz esse esforço é porque me diziam maravilhas desta autora e deste livro.
O enredo da história até não é mau: 4 pessoas, que não se conhecem de parte alguma, são chamadas a comparecer numa Villa em Itália por causa de uma herança deixada por alguém que nunca conheceram.
No final da história percebe-se que a vida destas pessoas já se tinha cruzado no passado, sem que as mesmas
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Alyson
Oh dear. A bizarre and slightly unbelievable plot, characters I didn't care about, and too much detail about Greek myths and other historical knowledge the author has that she wanted to show off.
I also felt lectured to about Italy with rather unnatural dialogue 'explaining' how something worked eg the shop opening hours.

Lindsay Ledden
I really enjoyed this book, really well written with lovely descriptions. I also enjoyed getting to know more about each character and really warmed to them. Lots of mystery too, which kept me engaged. Very good book and easy to read.
Caroline Hedges
A very enjoyable read. I was expecting something fluffy and light but it was much more. Intrigue, lots of reference to Dante's Inferno and the wonderful description of Italy. Well worth my time.
Donna DeKeyrel
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the very "British" style of the characters. It started a little rough....until the morning after the ladies arrived at the Villa.

Then.....I could not put it down. How I wish I could have been there with them. Everything sounded absolutely perfect! Even moving the stones!!!!

There were many clues along the way to help the reader with the mystery...but nothing was ever really given away. I stayed up last night until 3AM to fiinish the book because I had to know
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Allison Tandy
I have given this book 2 stars because maybe it gets better but I've read 126 pages and I'm so bored. I don't care why the characters are there and it's too light and fluffy for me.
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Born in Chile, and educated in Calcutta and London before going to Oxford University, Elizabeth Edmondson now divides her time between the countryside north of Rome and the spires of Oxford. She is married to an art historian and has two children.
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