Under the Italian Sun hits shelves and devices today and I hope readers enjoy the escape to a sunny plateau high above a vineyard in Italy.
It was an absolute pleasure to write this book. Everyone else had to stay close to home but every day I could leave … at least in my imagination. Bodily I might have been in my study in England but in my head I was with Zia as she drove to Italy to search out Lucia Costa, the woman who she thought was partly responsible for Zia’s mouthful of a name – Zia-Lucia Costa Chalmers.
Lucia’s also the woman Zia thinks holds the key to who Zia’s till-then-unknown father is and even which Victoria Chalmers is actually Zia’s mother. Lucia loved Zia as a baby … but how will they get on now Zia’s a woman? Lucia, like her neighbour Piero, is fighting to keep her home, a fight Zia sometimes helps and occasionally unwittingly hinders. And Piero’s fighting so hard he almost lets Zia slip through his fingers.
I thoroughly enjoyed weaving the mystery of Zia’s past and whether she can find a family and a future in Italy. I hope it carries you away, as it did me.
It’s always a thrill to first see a new cover and then share it with others. Here’s the wonderfully appealing cover of Christmas Wishes, which will be published in the UK in ebook on 29th October and paperback and audio 12th November 2020.
I loved the research for Christmas Wishes when my friend and wonderful author Christina Courtenay invited me to accompany her to Sweden. We stayed with her mum, Birgitta, for seven of the ten days and the other three days in Stockholm. Sweden’s a gorgeous country and I enjoyed every moment. I’m sure I’ll blog about the snow, the ice hockey, the gold vault, the bridges, the Old Town and the vast open-air museum of Skansen at a later date.