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Storm in the Cloth Villa

Storm in the Cloth Villa

Augsburg, 1935. The storm that looms over Germany also threatens the peace of the Melzer family and the cloth villa. Marie’s sowing atelier is pushed to the edge of ruin when word spreads that she is of Jewish decent. Her husband, Paul, must face a dire financial situation at the factory and the government’s increasing pressure. One day, when Paul is advised to immediately divorce his wife, Marie will have to make a momentous decision that will change everyone’s life forever…

Mademoiselle Eiffel and the tower of love

Mademoiselle Eiffel and the tower of love

Paris 1887: Gustave Eiffel wants to build the tallest tower in the world. Apart from him, no one believes that the crazy steel colossus will be ready in time for the World's Fair - except for his brave daughter Claire. At a time when it was still considered inappropriate for women to go for a walk alone, she served as her father's most important advisor and private secretary. But it's not just the race against time that bothers the Eiffels: the Parisian art scene, especially Guy de Maupassant and Alexandre Dumas, is rallying against the alleged defilement of the city. In the midst of public outrage and her personal battles, an unexpected encounter confronts Claire with perhaps the most important choice of her life: Is the Eiffel Tower her destiny - or is her future in the new world, across the ocean?

Returning to the Cloth Villa

Returning to the Cloth Villa

Augsburg 1930. Marie and Paul Melzer are happy, and their love is stronger than ever - crowned by their third child, the now four-year-old Kurti. But due to the global economic crisis and difficult times, Paul has to fight for the survival of his cloth factory. When he falls ill, Marie steps in to save the company from ruin, because nothing other than the fate of the entire family is at stake. Important decisions have to be made. Only if everyone sticks together now can their beloved Cloth Villa be saved.

Athos

Athos

Mystery, suspense and a deadly threat to humanity await in this crime novel by Francesco Frattini

Young Isabel embarks on a mysterious exploration of Mount Athos, unaware of the danger her unrelenting interest in the legends and fairy tales of this mystical place is leading her into. When her father, Commissioner Philip Dorsel, realizes that his daughter's life is in danger, he also heads to the beautiful Greek peninsula. He must use all the skills he has gained as an investigator with the Anti-Terrorism Unit of the French police to protect her. Because behind the magnificence and apparent tranquility of Athos lies a dark secret - a deadly virus that threatens to claim thousands of innocent victims. The whirlwind race against time passes through France, Greece, Bulgaria and England, and with each passing hour the fate of humanity becomes more and more uncertain.

                                                        

Francesco Frattini, a businessman, producer and screenwriter, first published his novel Athos in 2018, not suspecting the dramatic events that would follow worldwide and in his native Italy. The current version contains an edited text and a new layout, but the original plot has been preserved.

Mother, Sweet Sea

Mother, Sweet Sea

After spending his childhood in foster care, Noah finally meets his mother, Patience, at the age of twelve, in the lobby of an airport in Louisiana. Though she does everything to make up for it, she never mentions the reason for the abandonment; and so, whether at the Cape Cod beach house where they spend seasons, or at the Connecticut theater where they end up working together, there is a path of embers that insists on separating them but that none dares to cross.
When Noah meets Frank O'Leary – an eccentric Jesuit who drives a Rolls-Royce to colours – he discovers in him the support he was looking for. Even so, there are things the priest prefers to keep to himself: his student years; the Irish bar in Boston where he and friends soaked in beer and recited poems; and Catherine, the ambitious young woman who was not afraid to divert him from his vocation.
It is, interestingly, the horrific experience of loneliness at a religious college – haunted by stories of Dickens and a gruesome murder – the first secret Patience will share with Noah; however, when this confession fits Father Frank's account, the smell of tragedy will remain in the air, and the revelation that follows it, can only be a lie.
Leaving Europe at war from the previous novels, João Pinto Coelho travels this time to New England and its beautiful and tumultuous sea, to offer us the fascinating story of a family that cannot escape its fate and whose outcome is truly genius.

The Sleeping Nymph

The Sleeping Nymph

Superintendent Teresa Battaglia, expert criminal profiler with four decades of experience on the Italian police force, returns for a chilling cold case. 

A decades-old murder investigation has landed on Superintendent Teresa Battaglia's desk. DNA analysis has revealed that a painting from the final days of World War II contains matter from a human heart. Teresa is able to trace the evidence to Val Resia, one of Italy’s most isolated, untouched regions, where she faces a ruthless killer.

"They call them 'cold files'… like the wind that blows in these valleys, like the ice that covers the mountain tops. A violence buried by time that suddenly resurfaces… This may be the last investigation I will ever conduct. And for the first time in my life, I'm afraid I can't save anyone, not even myself."

The Heritage of the Cloth Villa

The Heritage of the Cloth Villa

The fate of a mighty family in turbulent times.

One decision that changes everything.

And love that conquers.

 

Augsburg, 1920. Despite the difficulties the country is still struggling with, the Cloth Villa looks to the future with optimism. Paul Meltzer is home again and takes over the management of the factory trying to restore it to its former glory. After a series of personal twists, his sister Elizabeth returns to the family estate. And Marie, the young wife of Paul, who took the responsibility for the factory, the villa and the whole family during the years of war and poverty, finally has the opportunity to fulfil her dream - to create her own fashion atelier. Her models enjoy enormous success, but her happiness is marred by the frequent arguments with Paul. Unable to take it any longer, Marie makes the difficult decision to leave the mansion with her two children.

True biz

True biz

 

A transporting novel that follows a year of seismic romantic, political, and familial shifts for a teacher and her students at a boarding school for the deaf, from the acclaimed author of Girl at War.

 

This is a story of sign language and lip-reading, cochlear implants and civil rights, isolation and injustice, first love and loss, and, above all, great persistence, daring, and joy. Absorbing and assured, idiosyncratic and relatable, this is an unforgettable journey into the Deaf community and a universal celebration of human connection.

 

photo: www.sara-novic.com

The Daughters of the Cloth Villa

The Daughters of the Cloth Villa

A romantic historical saga about the textile empire of the Meltzer family, which captivated millions of readers.

A powerful family.
Dramatic twists.
A mansion that hides more than one secret.

 
Augsburg, 1916. Forced by the twists and turns of historical events, the rich industrialists Meltzer make the difficult decision to turn their family estate into an infirmary. Meanwhile, Paul Meltzer's young wife, Marie, is faced with a huge responsibility – she must save the Cloth Vila and help her husband's sisters overcome the trials of the dramatic period. An orphan up until recently, Marie is not afraid of challenges, but her hope to embrace her beloved again is subject to the constant blows of fate. And one day, the elegant lieutenant Ernst von Klipstein appears at the door of the mansion, determined not to lose sight of the beautiful young woman who holds the future of the Meltzer family in her capable hands

Flowers over the inferno

Flowers over the inferno

An intriguing start to an exciting crime series that takes us to the Italian Alps.

 

Austria, 1978

A young woman steps into the School, a mysterious place nestled among the Alpine ridges that hide its dark secrets. There she will face her conscience and her decisions will affect the future generations in unsuspected ways...

 

Italy, today

The outskirts of an idyllic village in the Alps on the border between Italy and Austria turns becomes the scene of a brutal murder. Superintendent Teresa Battaglia is tasked with the investigation, along with a young inspector she's still not sure she can trust.

For nearly four decades, Battaglia has struggled to gain respect in the Italian police force while battling her own demons. Her weapon is not the gun and the uniform, but her mind and instincts. Now she's facing a killer who seems drawn to a group of local kids. What dangers lie in wait for them in these majestic yet haunted mountains? Will Superintendent Battaglia get to the truth before her own abilities betray her?

The Year of Our Love

The Year of Our Love

An extraordinary story of friendship and love across class lines, this rich, evocative novel traces the history of modern Italy, from 1975 to 2013, through the fate of one couple.
Valerio and Olivia grow up together in the Morganti family’s opulent villa in Bologna, inseparable friends even though they come from vastly different worlds: Olivia, the Morgantis’ daughter, is the heir to a large industrial fortune, while Valerio is the son of their gardener and maid. Largely sheltered from the dangers rampant in the unstable Italy of the 1970s, the two share their first innocent kiss at five years old, which heralds the start of a decades-long relationship.

From Valerio having to move to a poor neighborhood in Rome and Olivia making her entrance in high society, life tries to separate them at every turn, but without success, so strong is the bond between them. Year after year they meet only for a few moments, which feel like they’re eternal, and their friendship turns into something more intense, and scary. They take different paths: Olivia travels the world looking for herself, while Valerio devotes himself to a prestigious career that doesn’t satisfy him, in a country that is quickly losing its identity in the political crises of the Berlusconi era. Still, they keep meeting again and again at crossroads in life.

The Florios of Sicily - vol. 2

The Florios of Sicily - vol. 2

The Florios, the Lions of Sicily, have won. Gone are the days of the modest putìa in central Palermo, the sacks of spices, of Paolo and Ignazio, who went there to escape poverty, with determination as their only wealth. Now, they own buildings and factories, ships and tonnaras, silks and jewels. Now, the entire city looks up to them, honours them and fears them. And young Ignazio fears no one. The destiny of Casa Florio has been his destiny since birth, it runs through his veins and drives him beyond Sicily, to Rome and political intrigues, to Europe and its courts, to the naval dominion of the Mediterranean, to buying the entire Aegadian Islands archipelago. Ignazio has a dazzling empire but a heart of ice, because, for the glory of Casa Florio, he had to give up the love that would have capsized his destiny. A love whose shadow never leaves him, even to the very end...

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