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The Villa in Italy

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  491 ratings  ·  63 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 Harper Torch
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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...more
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!
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...more
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...more
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...more
Ana Teresa Aragão
"Uma Villa em Itália" era um livro que, aparentemente, tinha tudo para eu gostar: uma dose de mistério, Itália como cenário... mas não sei se pela forma de escrever de Elizabeth Edmondson ou por outro motivo qualquer não me entusiasmou tanto como esperava, daí ter estado em stand-by desde Setembro. Não consegui criar qualquer ligação com as personagens e apesar do mistério envolvido no testamento que Beatrice Malaspina deixou aos quatro visitantes da Villa Dante, assim como o final relativamente...more
Mónica Silva
Opinião no blog http://howtoliveathousandlives.blogsp...

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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.

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.
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.
Ali
Well I had to read this straight away after I got it - as it really looked like just the thing I was in the mood for.It didn't disappoint. This is a feel good read, the setting is lovely and the characters each with their own demons are the kind of characters you come to care about. The story begins in 1957, when each of ffour strangers recieve instructions to go to a villa in Italy to recieve a bequest, the deceased, a woman none of them has ever heard of. There are plenty of secrets waiting to...more
Shirley
I really loved this book.

The whole time I was reading it I was wondering how these characters were connected and really enjoyed the gentle unveiling of the story line.

Will definitely be looking out for more of her books.
Eri16g
This book is worth persevering with. After a somewhat slow start it develops into quite a good novel.
Loretta
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has twists and turns all the way through. A real page-turner. I was engrossed.
Carolynne
This really is just about the villa--we see nothing of the lush Italian countryside. Four strangers, and the friend of one of them, are summoned to the villa in order to receive a mysterious bequest from a woman not one of them knows, Beatrice Malaspina. How they seek the codicil that will lead them to the bequest, and especially how they learn to know each other, and the others in all their lives, how they come to terms with who they are and what they have become, makes an entertaining, complex...more
Bowerbird
This book although it is a puzzle is also predictable in that you know from the first chapter that it will have a "happy ever after" ending.
Yes there are some surprises along the way and it does hold the attention but I would prefer something a bit less contrived.
It is also difficult to feel empathy for the characters: a peer's daughter - opera singer with a double barrelled name, an MP's estranged wife, a nuclear physicist, a gay writer and an American banker with charismatic looks. They may a...more
Ruth
Meh , it was OK, but nothing can follow 'The Secret History'!
Jo Gaines
A gorgeous tale of a coming together of seemingly unrelated strangers to understand how and why they have been named in the will of and English woman. This woman owned the 'Villa Dante' on the Lingurian coast in Italy, which is where the tale takes place.

This book has a way of capturing moments in history to educate the reader, whilst weaving moments of magic and romance into its allure.

It was a magical tale that had me lying in bed until lunchtime one morning to finish it off. One of those book...more
Lianne
The Villa in Italy was an interesting story propelled by character drama. I thought that the four individuals' personal issues and struggles were interesting and compelling, though I wished that the author had spent a bit more time with George. The setting was quite magical, away from all the troubles happening in the world (and in their lives). You could read my full review of the novel over at my blog: http://www.rulethewaves.net/blog/?p=5128
Fluffychick
It's not likely I'd have bought this book myself, my mum bought it as a holiday book and gave it to me to read first. Although it took the first 70 pages for me to get into it, I was totally absorbed and loved it. Although the characters aren't always "nice" and have their own personal demons, the way the develop through their stay at Villa Dante and their interwoven stories are fasinating.
Kiran
I really like this book and found it an enjoyable read to immerse myself in - the setting and the characters were all great and the concept was interesting and unique. The only downside was that after setting up a quite intricate 'puzzle' of a plot, it all felt like after all that hard work it got wrapped up and the 'mystery' resolved a bit too quickly within the last few pages of the book.
Ana Filipa
A classificação atribuída tende mais para 3,5***

Um livro que me surpreendeu pela positiva, à medida que ia avançando na história.
Ao início foi um bocado aborrecido e pensei pô-lo de lado, mas esta viagem à Villa Dante, em Itália, tornou-se um misto de surpresas e revelações magnífica.

No entanto, no meu ponto de vista, penso que faltou qualquer coisa à história...
Yolanda
A história é engraçada mas não me prendeu desde o início nem me despertou aquele sentimento de não querer largar o livro.
Penso que poderia ter sido desenvolvido de forma diferente, nas ultimas páginas é que o mistério se resolve todo e isso não me agradou, gostava que tivesse sido progressivo.
Mas em geral achei a história engraçada e lê-se bem :)
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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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