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Under Italian Skies

Nicky Pellegrino


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Stella has life under control - and that's the way she likes it. For twenty-five years, she's been trusted assistant to a legendary fashion designer but after her boss dies suddenly, she's left with nothing to do apart from clear the studio.

It seems as though the life she wanted has vanished. She is lost - until one day she finds a house swap website and sees a beautiful old villa in a southern Italian village. Could she really exchange her poky London flat for that?

But what was just intended as a break becomes much more, as Stella finds herself trying on a stranger's life. As the villa begins to get under her skin, she can't help but imagine the owner from the clues around her. She meets his friends, cooks the local food he recommends and follows suggestions to go to his favourite places. But can an idea of someone ever match up the reality?

As Stella wonders if she can let go of the safety of her past, perhaps there's a chance for her to find a way into her future . . .

Praise For Under Italian Skies

What readers are saying about Nicky Pellegrino's uplifting and feel-good escapist novels:

Enchanting...a delightful feel-good story

Amazon reviewer

I couldn't put it down—Amazon reviewer

An easy and relaxing read that took you to a warm and inviting slice of enjoyable read—Amazon reviewer

Left me craving some Italian food and wanting to book a holiday—Goodreads reviewer

Orion, 9781409150879, 304pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

About the Author

When Nicky Pellegrino's Italian father came to England he fell in love with and married a Liverpool girl. He brought to his new family his passion for food and instilled in them what all Italians know - that you live to eat instead of eating to live. This Italian mantra is the inspiration behind Nicky's delicious novels. Every summer the family left their home in Merseyside and returned to her father's home town, near Naples, in southern Italy. When Nicky met and married a New Zealander she moved to Auckland where she works as a journalist and edits a woman's magazine. She hoards her annual leave so that she and her husband can return to Italy to meet up with her family and to eat the best mozzarella and research her books.