2.5 Stars An ok read for me but not really my type of book as its romance and was little to twee for me
This was a recommendation by a bookshop while holidaying in Italy and while the book suited the vacation it just didn't suit the reader.
The Writer Marlena De Blasi and her husband were on an assignment in Sicily in the Summer of 1995 and while staying for a few days with Tosca the owner of the Villa Donnafugata (The house of the fleeing women) De Blasi hears and is intrigued by Tosca's story.
I unfortunately was as intrigued as Marlena De Blasi as I found the story read like a fairytale and found myself having to suspend belief to get through much of this memoir.
Yes the prose is wordy and lyrical, the sense of time and place appealing and I just didn't feel for any of the characters. This one overall felt a little too romantic for me.