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Can Melina give away her husband’s possessions because they’ve always said that ‘what’s mine is yours and what’s yours is mine’? Will the ‘Sleep Doctor’ deliver on his promises? How will the young Sicilian duke, Pericle, help his friend get married?
Five humorous and emotional short stories dripping with the Sicilian sunshine, ringing with street-sellers’ singsongs, fragran
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Published February 13th 2021 by The Sicilian Mama
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Ewan Smith
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
‘What’s Yours Is Mine’ is a collection of five stories which were originally published in The People’s Friend magazine. The title is taken from the first story in the collection and it hints at the humour and affection which runs throughout the book. There is so much teasing and fun to be found here. Each of the stories is set in Italy with three of them centring around the delightful old couple, Melina and Tanino, who live in Palermo in Sicily. Despite being married for 50 years, they still fin ...more
Sandy Salisbury
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A precious collection of stories from Sicily, full of comedy and tenderness.

First, we meet Tanino and Melina, an older couple who clearly care for each other, but suffer from frequent misunderstandings. The results are as hilarious as their reconciliations are heart-warming. At one point, Hartley hits the nail on the head when Melina is found to be at fault for a misunderstanding: ' "in the wrong” was a place she hated as much as the dentist’s.'

Several of the stories introduce other characters o
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Nebula Castelino
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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A delightful collection of five short stories that bring to life relatable characters at different stages of life. Humour, kindness and affection revolving around the magic of love are beautifully presented against the backdrop of the Sicilian landscape. Tanino and Melina, who dominate most of the prose, are two characters that grew on me. Stefania presents a realistic view on the union between mundaneness and love with cheeky lines, honest conversations and thoughtful reconciliations. A great r ...more
Pamela Orr
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Followers of Stefania Hartley will not be disappointed to find a fourth volume of her tales on sale. These are beautifully drawn sketches of life in traditional Sicilian scenes. Three of them use a well-known phrase as the title and set up a problem which is deftly solved after at least one near-disaster. Feel the heat and smell the delicious Sicilian meals as you follow a set of endearing characters in their everyday lives. Perhaps one story is almost a tragedy, but the resolution warms your he ...more
Sara Lee
Enjoyable read. Good balance of humour, seriousness and warmth. Recommend
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Stefania Hartley, best known as The Sicilian Mama, was born in Sicily and immediately started growing, but not very much.

She left her sunny island after falling head over heels in love with an Englishman, and now she lives in the UK with him and their three children.

Having finally learnt English, she’s enjoying it so much that she now writes short stories and romance novels.

Her short stories hav
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