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The Italian Villa

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,776 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Callie, a lonely small-town waitress, is still reeling from the discovery that she’s adopted when she arrives in Montevino, Italy in search of answers – the keys to the stunning hillside villa she has just inherited clutched tightly in her hand. Inside the rusted gates, and through a large wooden front door dripping with sun-kissed flowers, Callie can’t decide if she’s mor ...more
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Published February 17th 2020 by Bookouture
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Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I have read all of Daniela Sacerdoti’s previous books and was delighted to receive this ARC of her new book The Italian Villa.
On her twenty first birthday Callie is contacted by a law firm to tell her that she has inherited a house in Montevino, Italy. Callie has been saving up her money to go to college and decides to use it to travel to Italy and find out about the birth family that she never knew existed.
The Lawyer also gives her a box that contains a diary written by Elisa a doctor who live
Susan Johnson
I'm irritated right now. I have wasted my time reading this book that should have been advertised as a romance novel and I would have avoided it. Romance novels are NOT my genre and I am sure the author would have appreciated someone who likes the genre to review her work. Unfortunately for both of us, she got me.

I like a touch of believability in my books and this book has none. A young girl from the foster care system in San Antonio, Texas, about 21 inherits a house in Italy. She flies over
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read a Daniela Sacerdoti, it leaves a hollow in my chest where my heart used to be as her writing melts my heart completely. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Callie in Texas came to know on her 21st birthday that she was adopted and her ancestry was as rich as the landscapes of Italy. A letter from her birth mother gave her the keys of the ancestral home, and a diary narrated by her Elise Stella, telling her the incidents of 1938, of a couple in love, trying to escape Mussolini's call to war.

Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2020
A nice feel good story. I enjoyed the characters and had pretty much figured out a few things before Callie did.
Looking forward to more if this story line continues.
Thanks to Netgalley and Bookoutre for the early copy
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this audible, I liked the setting, the food and wine that was described.
Dual time lines are really enjoyable and this is the first one that I have listened to and it worked well.
The narrator did a great job.
What a dreamy tale, but also had heartbreaking parts in it.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Straight away you get thrown into the middle of what sounds like war with a scene where Elisa Is hiding from the enemy during the war.

Cut to Callie a Texan teen in the present day struggling through life and feeling quite lonely on her birthday.....she has her best friend and a cat which isn't hers as her main company. We follow the journey of Callie as she realises all she has known before has shifted and is not as it seems. Her parents died when she was 10 and then she went into care, with no
A story where the past and present collide in unexpected ways . . . . with romance at the heart of it all.

It is Callie Di Giacomo's twenty-first birthday when she learns she had been adopted and that her biological parents have left her a villa in Montevino, Italy. Callie, who thought all her family had died when her parents were killed, travels to discover if any of her family are still living there. Amongst the papers she has inherited is a diary which reveals events from the second world war.
Shaz Goodwin
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it

I loved the timelines in The Italian Villa. Callie reading Elisa’s diary swept me back in time to experience Montevino at the time of WWII. I felt the same connection with Elisa and her life as I did with Callie in modern day.

I was eager to find out if Elisa’s dream for her career would manifest and the impact on her life. What I didn’t see coming was the Black Shirts, the resistance and the heartache that would bring …

Callie is indomitable. Used to fendin
Emma Crowley
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Italian Villa is the first book from Daniella Sacerdoti that she has written for Bookouture and what an absorbing and beautifully crafted read it was. This is a story that you will easily loose yourself in. It has just the right pace so as the reader can become accustomed to the setting, characters and main issues in the story but at the same everything is kept moving along nicely. I found it to be a quick read and was disappointed to find myself nearing the end as I was enjoying it so much. ...more
The Italian Villa by Daniela Sacerdoti follows Callie, a small-town waitress in the U.S who has had a difficult childhood. On her twenty-first birthday, Callie's former social worker gives her a letter that tells her two things: her biological parents were actually her adoptive parents, and she has inherited a house in Italy. Callie's world is shaken up and she decides to go to Italy to find out the truth about her birth family and why she has inherited this villa. In the villa she discovers a d ...more
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The moving story of Callie who grew up in the care system having been orphaned at the age of 10. She has a waitressing job, good friends and is saving to go to college but her life is turned upside down on her 21st birthday when she receives the news that she was adopted. At first she cannot believe the news but after reading a letter from her birth mother she decides to find out the truth. Her journey takes her to Montevino in Italy, she has inherited a beautiful villa, and she discovers her tr ...more
Sandra McKenna
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read.

Callie turns twenty one, and receives a letter which will change her life.
This consequently leads to a trip to Northern Italy where through a series of letters, her past and family history are revealed.
A well written story set during World War II, and the present day; I can highly recommend this excellent read.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with this book! It was beautiful and captivating from start to finish. I loved Callie right from the beginning and she is such a relatable character. You laughed with her and cried for her throughout and I loved when she would read from Elisas diary and you’d go on another adventure. Elisa was another character that you couldn’t help but love for her passion and determination. And I loved how Callie’s thoughts would pop through the diary entries and how things from the past would ...more
Sandra Leivesley
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: tbc, audible, italy, 2020
The Italian Villa is told in dual time frames – the present and during the Second World War (using diary entries). It is a tale of romance and family secrets and I loved the descriptions of the glorious Italian countryside, the village of Montevino and life in an Italian village. This was an entertaining, light and easy listen, though perhaps a bit too much romance for me!
Bethany Gordon
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A dual time frame novel set during the 1930's and the present. Callie living in Texas discovers her past is not what she thought and travels to Italy to discover the truth. With a diary belonging to the mysterious Elisa can she discover the truth and will the locals tell her what they know.

The writing brought to life the town and villa, painting a picture of the setting and some of the food (which sounded delicious). A story of secrets, heartbreak and romance it was an easy listen which swept yo
Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Any book I finish gets at least three stars but this one was difficult to rate. I felt it could have used a lot more editing for repetitive use of certain words and anachronisms. I found it highly unbelievable that a young woman from the US would be able to understand the complex dialogue in conversations in Italian. It was not a horrible book but definitely more in the romance genre than historical fiction.
Zoe Horne
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Another gripping story. I became emotionally invested straight away & couldn’t put the book down. Stunning scene setting & I felt I was given a glimpse into what a beautiful country Italy is.
Well done Daniella another brilliant story that will stay with me for a long time after I have put it down.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am avid reader of Daniela Sacerdoti's books and have read all her Glen Avich and Seal Island series. As you can see by that beautiful cover, her latest book is a departure from her Scottish based series and is set instead in Italy. It's a dual time line story and begins when Callie gets a letter on her 21st birthday which changes all she thought she knew about her family. Callie lives in Texas and has spent most of her life in care after her parents died in a house fire when she was young. Des ...more
Sydney Long
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
From the moment I opened this book I was hooked. This is a beautifully written story with characters that tug at your heartstrings from the second they’re introduced. You can’t help but fall in love with them and the tiny village in Italy where it takes place. The author is so descriptive you feel as though you’re really there, as if you can smell the fresh air of the Italian mountains, the taste of fresh pesto and chocolate. I devoured this book in no time I was that drawn in. I’d love to see t ...more
Monique Mulligan
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it
If you're after a warm and fuzzy read, with plenty of Italian food, landscape and a hunky young love interest, you'll probably enjoy this book. When a young waitress discovers she's adopted and inherits an Italian villa in one day, the scene is set for a sojourn to Italy to discover her roots. Luckily, Callie already speaks some Italian so it's not as difficult as it might have been for some. What follows is a sweet story of discovery and romance.

Everything Callie encountered seemed a little
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a story set with two time periods and follows the stories of Callie, an orphaned young woman from Texas who discovers her family roots in Italy, and Elisa with a story told through her diary and set in the late 1930's as Mussolini's power set Italians against each other.
There was much to enjoy in this tale with romance and family secrets but I think I might have enjoyed it more without the slightly jarring Italian 'sing song' accent from the narrator - having stayed in Italy many times I
J_Mc 251
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I am a fan of historical fiction, but this one didn’t quite fit the bill for me. There was a story set during WWII, but it was told via diary entries, so it was fairly static. I think it might have been more impactful and dynamic if it had more connection to the contemporary storyline, as this is where the bulk of the story lies. I liked Callie’s story, but it seemed implausible at times. There were a few moments of connection between the two plots but would have been more enjoyable if it was co ...more
Ed MacRae
Jun 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Gripping?? Really

The Italian Villa is more like a soap opera taking place in a small mountain villages age in Italy. It can't compare, not even close, to The Nightingale, Cilka's Journey or the war trilogy "Of Windmills and War".
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Never let a bookclub friend pick a book based on algorithms
Cathleen Wheeler
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Lovely setting but way too predictable for me. Also, I expected more of a historical novel rather than a romance novel.
Two perspectives, two women whose lives have been full of challenge, and the one thread that brings them together as the story progresses. Starting with Callie, living in Texas and struggling with ‘finding her place’ in the world, particularly since the death of her parents and her placement in foster care as a pre-teen. Now just turned 21, she’s working all the hours she can, and saving money to go to university – direction still unknown. Out of the system for 3 years, and never ‘looking back’ ...more
Juliet Bookliterati
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We may not be able to travel at the moment, or is some cases not even leave the house, but in books we all have the ability to travel to new places, and where better to start the the beautiful Montevino in Italy. On her twenty first birthday Callie receives a present that changes her world. From the age of ten she was brought up in the care system after her parents died in a fire. However, it seems her parents were her adoptive parents and her mother was from the Italian village of Montevino, wh ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Callie DiGiacomo is proud of the life she’s built for herself. It may not seem like much to others, but to her, it’s everything. She’s got her own tiny apartment, and a job that she loves as a waitress at The Windmill Cafe. Growing up in the care system from the time she was just 10-years-old, after losing her parents in a devastating fire, she’s learnt to be self-sufficient, and now that she’s almost 21, she’s determined to go to college, although she’s not quite sure what she wants to study. W ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-x
The Italian Villa by Daniela Sacerdoti was the most beautifully written book I have read in a very long time and I just LoVed it. This was a book that just took my breath away and the author Daniela wrote this book with love throughout. The Italian Villa is written from 1940's and during the WW2 to the present day. Both stories are just gripping and I loved all the characters within this book.

Callie is a waitress in a small town received a letter in the post on her 21st birthday to make an appo
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Take a break from your busy day: pour yourself a cappuccino, grab The Italian Villa and soak up some hilltop village vibes. It’s often been said that the Italian lifestyle teaches one to appreciate life more, and this WWII historical romance from Daniela Sacerdoti is case in point. If you are expecting a fast paced quick read, then have an espresso and zip off on your Vespa because this read isn’t for you.

This dual timeline oozes the slow relaxed charm of life in Italy told by two strong women
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Daniela Sacerdoti is a mother and a writer. Born in Naples, but brought up in a small village in the Italian Alps, she lives near Glasgow with her husband and sons. She steals time to write when everyone has gone to bed, or before they wake up. She’s a Primary teacher, but she chose to be at home with her children. She loves being with her boys, reading anything she can get her hands on and chatti ...more

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