I'm British but a bit of a wanderer: born in Germany, I've lived and worked in Italy, Holland and East Africa. Everywhere, I've gathered stories and, being a serious bookworm and having always devoured others' books, I've now written two historical romances of my own. In 2018 I signed a two-book deal for two Tuscan novels and in November 2018 "Mavis and Dot" will be published - a departure from histfic into humour. This novella was written in memory of a dear friend who died from ovarian cancer. All profits from this sale will go to cancer research.
In London, I worked for The Times but soon moved to Amsterdam where I was p.a. cum Italian interpreter to a Dutch boss in the construction industry. Then the whole project moved to Sicily,where I met my wonderful half-Italian husband to be. We've moved around for his work and my career came (through choice) second, whilst I brought up our three children. I have always worked part-time - as a FE tutor in Italian, translator and even a B and B landlady. Now that our three seem settled and there are four grandchildren to bring us joy and keep them busy, it is time for me...
We live half the year in remote, "un-Chiantishire" Tuscany where we let out a beautiful restored watermill to holidaymakers from all over the world (more stories) and inbetween tending this business, I can be found exploring the Apennines and scribbling in my notebook. Visit www.ilmulinorofelle.com to see where I live.
Tuscan Roots: A tangle of love and war in the Italian Apennines
If you like Italy, you will enjoy this novel. A story of two women living in two different times. In 1943,in occupied Italy, Ines Santini's sheltered existence is turned upside down when she meets Norman, an escaped British POW. Years later, Anna Swillland, their daughter, starts to unravel romantic and historical accounts from assorted documents left to her after her mother's death. She travels to the beautiful Tuscan Apennines, where the story unfolds. In researching her parents' past, she will discover secrets about the war, her parents and herself, which will change her life forever.
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Now and Then in Tuscany: Italian journeys
A lovingly researched account, based on true stories, about Giuseppe Starnucci, a young Italian boy, at the start of the twentieth century, as he journeys on foot with shepherds from his mountain village in the Tuscan Apennines to the coast. His adventures are tracked by his great grandson one hundred years later and we learn of present day problems mirroring those of his ancestors. A story of hardship, secrets and romance which brings to light the customs and people of rural Tuscany in a troubled period of history, when the dominance of Mussolini is always lurking in the background. The author's literary style has been praised as: "a great combination of a true account and fiction." This is sequel to the author's first novel, "Tuscan Roots", praised by Julia Gregson for its "vivid, natural and direct...writing. Moving and interesting with lovely touches of humour." Both of these family sagas about Tuscany are stand-alone.
Mavis and Dot: Frolics, foibles and friendships by the seaside
"This book was a total joy from beginning to end" Welsh Annie. Top 500 Reviewer. "What a wonderful feel good read." Sarah Hardy - Top 500 reviewer. >p>Introducing two eccentric ladies who form an unlikely friendship.Meet Mavis and Dot - two colourful, retired ladies who live in Worthington-on-Sea, where there are charity shops galore. Apart from bargain hunting, they manage to tangle themselves in escapades involving illegal immigrants, night clubs, nude modelling, errant toupees and more. And then there's Mal, the lovable dog who nobody else wants. A gently humorous, often side-splitting, heart-warming snapshot of two memorable characters with past secrets and passions. Escape for a couple of hours into this snapshot of a faded, British seaside town. You'll laugh and cry but probably laugh more."This book is quirky and individual, and has great pathos...[it] will resonate with a lot of readers." Gill Kaye - Editor of Ingenu(e). Written with a light touch in memory of a dear friend who passed away from ovarian cancer, Angela Petch's seaside tale is a departure from her successful Tuscan novels. All profits from the sale of the books will go towards research into the cure for cancer.
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