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. While she takes her time deciding, she continues to work and save money towards her college fund.
But then, on her 21st birthday, she receives news that changes everything for her, and she finds herself on a plane to the village of Montevino in Italy. It’s there that she will discover a past that she was completely unaware of: an inherited villa and the story behind the family she didn’t even know she had. But as with most things, the path to happiness is never smooth, and even though she meets the rather lovely Tomassino shortly after her arrival, this is a path that she needs to travel alone. It’s a journey of discovery that she never imagined she would be taking!
Daniela Sacardoti writes so visually that you can almost picture yourself in the gorgeous village of Montevino. She describes the scenery, the people and especially the food. Oh, my word … the food! I think I was hungry the entire time I was reading this book! Her sheer love for a particular place is clearly evident in the descriptive way in which her heart and soul has been poured onto the page, making Montevino almost a character in itself!
I loved the way that history intertwined itself with the present, helping Callie find her direction in life, and answers to questions that had been lurking in the back of her mind. While she had no way of knowing that this was where she would find herself, the sudden change in her life served to give her the clarity and peace that had been lacking ever since the tragedy that had haunted her since the time she lost her parents. And although she had managed to get on with living, learning to create a life for herself, she hadn’t realised that a part of her soul was still searching for something. In Montevino she finds out what that is. Following Callie’s journey left me with a smile on my face, satisfied that she’d found herself exactly where she was meant to be.
This is a beautiful 4-star read.
Daniela Sacerdoti is a phenomenon. Over one million copies of her novels have been sold in eBook, her debut novel Watch Over Me was the eighth bestselling Kindle book of all time in 2015 and she was also ranked as the eleventh top-selling Kindle author.
Daniela writes beautiful, haunting and bestselling fiction for adults (the Glen Avich series), young adults (the Sarah Midnight trilogy) and children. Her novels have been translated in twelve languages.
Daniela was born and raised in Italy. She studied Classics, then lived in Scotland for fourteen years, where she married and taught in a primary school. Daniela’s children’s book Really Weird Removals.Com was shortlisted for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards. She has also written for the BBC.
Daniela, her husband and their two sons make their home in a tiny village in the Alps. To discover more about Daniela and her world, visit www.danielasacerdoti.com.
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