The Italian Wife by Kate Furnivall

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The Italian Wife Read Online Free - Italy, 1932 -- Mussolini's Italy is growing from strength to strength, but at what cost?

One bright autumn morning, architect Isabella Berotti sits at a café in the vibrant centre of Bellina, when a woman she's never met asks her to watch her ten-year-old daughter, just for a moment. Reluctantly, Isabella agrees -- and then watches in horror as the woman climbs to the top of the town's clock tower and steps over the edge.

This tragic encounter draws vivid memories to the surface, forcing Isabella to probe deeper into the secrets of her own past as she tries to protect the young girl from the authorities. Together with charismatic photographer Roberto Falco, Isabella is about to discover that secrets run deeper, and are more dangerous, than either of them could have possibly imagined . . .

From the glittering marble piazzas, to the picturesque hillside villages and winding streets of Rome, Kate Furnivall's epic new novel will take you on an breathtaking journey of intrigue, romance and betrayal.

Title : The Italian Wife
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ISBN : 0751550760
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 437 pages


Dale rated it ★★★★☆

March 12, 2017

This is a story of Italy under Mussolini, something I admit to knowing little about. The story starts in 1922 when Isabella Berotti’s husband was killed and she was severely wounded, leaving her with pain, a permanent limp and a lot of questions. Ten years later Isabella is an architect, somethin...

Felix rated it ★★★☆☆

March 02, 2017

This is a nice book and it held my interest steadily till it's rather unrealistic happyendish conclusion. Some suspension of disbelief is necessary, but it's worthwhile. Chick-lit meets historical fiction here and inherits some of the better features of both.

Kim rated it ★★★★☆

June 19, 2015

The book is set in Italy when Mussolini was working to drain the Pontine Marshes to make 5 very superior towns. Isabella Berottie is an architect at a time when they were mainly male. She lost her husband 10 years ago. He was a ‘blackshirt’. Her life is set to be turned upside down for a second ti...

Toni rated it ★★★★★

February 14, 2018

Set in Mussolini’s Italy in the early 1930’s, this well- researched novel clearly reflects a society where you needed to keep your thoughts to yourself and your actions well-guarded. The sense of unease, mistrust and fear resonates throughout this story. This novel is much more than an historical...

Jill's Book Cafe rated it ★★★★☆

May 03, 2015

Set in 1932, the Italian Wife of the title is Isabella Berotti who was widowed ten years earlier when her Blackshirt husband Luigi was fatally shot. Isabella was also shot in the back and her life was irrevocably changed not just by her physical injuries, but by the mental scars she can't escape....

Dinah rated it ★★★★★

April 22, 2015

Kate Furnivall is an enchantress whose love story, The Italian Wife, is set against the full of horror of Mussolini’s Italy. Hooked from the very first chapter, I adored being swept deeper and deeper into 1930s Italy. I had intended to take a peek, and then save the rest of the book for my upcomi...

Michelle rated it ★★★★★

February 26, 2015

A Novel That Will Take Your Breath Away The Italian Wife is a novel by Kate Furnivall set in the 1930’s when Mussolini’s ambition for a modern Italy was all consuming. Isabella Berotti fought though loss and despair to become an architect bringing Il Duce’s dream of building new towns the Pontine...

Suze rated it ★★★★☆

December 29, 2014

Very exciting look into Mussolini's Italy, Blackshirts and all. I found this book impossible to put down! I immediately liked the lead character, Isabella Berotti, an architect when female architects were a rarity. A strong woman, though grievously wounded earlier in her life, she strode through...

Incy rated it ★★★★★

February 28, 2015

Kate Furnivall is my go-to author when I crave something layered, pensive and atmospheric (setting), and she did not disappoint, not in any way. The Italian Wife is more an experience than a read. You live the stink of corruption, feel the weight of the dictatorship, taste the suppressed anger, a...

Judith rated it ★★★★★

June 15, 2015

Yet another page turner from Kate. It is a fascinating insight into Mussolini and his regime, and very well researched. The story gripped me from the very first page when Isobella an architect is sitting in a cafe, and a woman asks her to look after her child for a few minutes, only to discover s...

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