Books

I’m currently working on my first manuscript, so far untitled (or more accurately undecidedly titled, for the fourth time). I’ve been flirting with this story for about five years now, and in 2014 I decided to get serious about it. I’m currently in the middle of the second draft and I’m hoping to have that completed by November 2017. Here’s a sneak peek at the mystery and drama that unravels in my first novel…

A missing heiress…

Spirited, beautiful and fiercely independent, Miriam Gitano is heiress to the staggering Gitano family fortune and has big plans for her future. But when the Nazis invade Rome in the autumn of 1943, Miriam and her family, and the secret they protect, are no longer safe. When her family are taken by the gestapo, Miriam is sent into hiding, but she has a legacy to fight for, and she is willing to do whatever it takes to protect it

A tragic Friendship…

In a very different part of Rome, Sophia Farini, unwanted and lonely from birth, is busy falling in love for the first time when she discovers the beautiful Miriam Gitano locked away in the Maria Bambina convent.  As the Nazis establish their rule of terror over the city, the two girls form an unlikely friendship, but each girl carries a secret, and the betrayal of one will lead to the destruction of them both.

A dangerous secret…

Sixty years later, on the death of her beloved grandmother, Hilary Meadows discovers a shocking secret linking her family to the tragedy that engulfed Sophia and Miriam in 1943. With the help of the enigmatic Giles and the stalwart Eugene, Hilary travels to Rome to find answers. But she isn’t the only one looking, and as she gets closer to the truth, she comes to realise the heavy price that has been paid for her grandmother’s silence.

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