[Free eBook] A Year in Tuscany by Annie Ayre [Literary Romantic Comedy]

A Year in Tuscany by Annie Ayre, a pseudonym for author Rosemary Kingsland, is her standalone literary novel with f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Viking Penguin under the title Cassata using the Rosemary Kingsland name. This is a contemporary literary fiction novel structured as a romantic comedy, starring the two daughters of an Italy-resident Danish duke who abruptly announces that he is selling the family villa in Tuscany, and the ensuing escapades as assorted schemes, courtships, and attempted reconciliations between estranged spouses take place while everyone scrambles to adjust.

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When the Duke of Grambörg announces over breakfast that he will sell the old family villa in the Tuscan hills to move to New York, his family is in uproar…

Where on earth will his beautiful daughters, the contessas Claudia and Hanna, live – now they no longer have the family seat?

And that, as it turns out, is just the beginning of the escapades that ensue after the old Danish duca makes his life-changing decision.

Will local poor boy-turned rich man, Osvaldo Cipollina, find a way to buy the villa?

Hopelessly in love with Hanna, will he ever manage to persuade her to see past his humble beginnings, not to mention his dubiously acquired wealth, and return his feelings?

Will the haughty Claudia ever be reconciled with her aristocratic husband: Lord Eastcliffe?

With a cast of characters as rich as a medieval tapestry, there is just no knowing what will happen next in this finely tuned comic novel.

From Lo Strapazzato – “The Scrambled One” – who is a little too fond of arson, to the international diamond smuggler with a taste for fine wines, to the mysterious American cousin of Osvaldo’s who arrives wearing a veil – everyone in this corner of Italy, it seems, has a secret.

That’s not to mention a sultry belle from the American deep south, an Australian crooner, and, at the heart of it all, the perfect sunshine of the Tuscan countryside.

A Year In Tuscany is a delightful story that will appeal to lovers of the English comic novel.


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