Publication Day is approaching! May 7 is the Big Day when THE ITALIAN WIFE will be released in the UK. So there is much excitement in the Furnivall household.
I’ve reached the point when nerves kick in. I start to wake in the night with mental images of its gorgeous new UK cover leaping up and down on shelves in bookstores and supermarkets with my heroine, Isabella, reaching out to entice readers into her story. Because it’s quite a story.
It is about one woman’s love for a man who is a danger to her and about her driving ambition to become the finest architect in the country. Set in Italy in 1932 the story takes place in an unusual region just south of Rome called the Pontine Marshes – Agro Pontino – at a time when the country was in the grip of Fascism. Benito Mussolini rules as a ruthless dictator and is determined to transform Italy into a modern power.
Isabella is passionate about designing the new town that Il Duce has set out to build and she blanks out all else from her life but her work. But in one single moment in the town square, her world is tipped upside down. An orphan child enters her life and everything changes.
THE ITALIAN WIFE is a powerful tale about love and ambition, about courage and betrayal. Secrets and corruption haunt the new town and lead to a hunt for a killer through the ancient mountains of Italy. And over everything is cast the long shadow of Mussolini’s Rome.