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A comic novel set in the scenic Tuscan hills. 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 A comic novel set in the scenic Tuscan hills. 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. Praise for A Year In Tuscany “This book has everything” – Publishers Weekly “An exceptionally, witty, well-written novel.... her vibrant descriptions of the local landscape and Italian cuisine are captivating....” – Daily Press Praise for Annie Ayre’s first novel After the Ball Was Over: “A fine comic novel…One hears in Kingsland bits of Dickens, Waugh, and the British playwright Peter Barnes…Within this short novel is a comic distillation of the British adventure in India.” — The Cleveland Plain Dealer “A wicked little comic novel set in Jamalpur, India…a delightfully silly cooler to bring down some of the recent Raj fever” — Kirkus Reviews “After the Ball Was Over perches atop such classics as A Passage to India and The Jewel in the Crown like the mustache that Magritte painted on the Mona Lisa.” — Los Angeles Times Annie Ayre was born and educated in India. She has worked in London as a journalist and screenwriter, lived in Tuscany for three years, before moving to Fairview, Tennessee. Other novels include A Saint among Savages, and, for children, Treasure Islands. She wrote under the pen name Rosemary Kingsland. Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher. For more information on our titles please sign up to our newsletter at www.endeavourpress.com. Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks. Follow us on Twitter: @EndeavourPress and on Facebook via http://on.fb.me/1HweQV7.


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A comic novel set in the scenic Tuscan hills. 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 A comic novel set in the scenic Tuscan hills. 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. Praise for A Year In Tuscany “This book has everything” – Publishers Weekly “An exceptionally, witty, well-written novel.... her vibrant descriptions of the local landscape and Italian cuisine are captivating....” – Daily Press Praise for Annie Ayre’s first novel After the Ball Was Over: “A fine comic novel…One hears in Kingsland bits of Dickens, Waugh, and the British playwright Peter Barnes…Within this short novel is a comic distillation of the British adventure in India.” — The Cleveland Plain Dealer “A wicked little comic novel set in Jamalpur, India…a delightfully silly cooler to bring down some of the recent Raj fever” — Kirkus Reviews “After the Ball Was Over perches atop such classics as A Passage to India and The Jewel in the Crown like the mustache that Magritte painted on the Mona Lisa.” — Los Angeles Times Annie Ayre was born and educated in India. She has worked in London as a journalist and screenwriter, lived in Tuscany for three years, before moving to Fairview, Tennessee. Other novels include A Saint among Savages, and, for children, Treasure Islands. She wrote under the pen name Rosemary Kingsland. Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher. For more information on our titles please sign up to our newsletter at www.endeavourpress.com. Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks. Follow us on Twitter: @EndeavourPress and on Facebook via http://on.fb.me/1HweQV7.

30 review for A Year In Tuscany

  1. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Toller

    Tuscany A story about living in Tuscany. Great read. Characters were very well developed and story was dummy and entertaining. The story was interesting and kept my attention throughout the book. Even the minor characters were interesting and added to the story. I am fascinated by this area of Italy so chose this book because of the title mostly but was surprised by how interesting a book it was. Loved that Violet got away and Graham died. That was, by far, the best part for me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Reader43

    Funny Tuscany and wine story A year in Tuscany seemed like a good idea, to recover from the death of his wife. The hysterical stories that make this tale kept me laughing and crying. The characters this story introduced were colorful and zany. For those who love wine and weird characters, this is a must read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    dollie ledford

    A wonderful year! This was a fast paced and we'll told story. I felt like I was in Tuscany and could see these characters. Some quite odd but truly interesting. An enjoyable book all round.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Italo Italophiles

    Fans of English soap-operas should enjoy this dramady (drama-comedy) novel set in Italy's beautiful Tuscany region. Rich, poor, criminals, priest... all the usual suspects for soaps are present. The story is set in 1987 when Italy was dealing with kidnappings and homegrown terrorists. The protagonists in this multi-strand tale deal with all sorts of odd happenings, with love stories at the center of most of it. The author keeps all events, not matter how serious, light, with superficial emotions Fans of English soap-operas should enjoy this dramady (drama-comedy) novel set in Italy's beautiful Tuscany region. Rich, poor, criminals, priest... all the usual suspects for soaps are present. The story is set in 1987 when Italy was dealing with kidnappings and homegrown terrorists. The protagonists in this multi-strand tale deal with all sorts of odd happenings, with love stories at the center of most of it. The author keeps all events, not matter how serious, light, with superficial emotions attached to them. Very English tongue-in-cheek humor dots the story throughout. One rich family in possession of a large estate acts as a hub around which all the other characters and events circle out. We get to know the thinking of lots of locals and ex-patriots through the drama, gossip, and farcical situations. The ending brings all the people and story threads together with a semblance of a happy-ending. This is a beach read, or something to enjoy when relaxing poolside, preferably with a view of Tuscany, and a cool drink in hand. Visit my site Italophile Book Reviews. I received a review-copy of the book. This is my honest review. http://italophilebookreviews.blogspot...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    I enjoyed the first half, but I found myself growing annoyed as new, overly flawed characters kept being introduced. I may not be the soap opera type of audience for whom this is targeted. Good writing with descriptive characters and landscape in Italy. However, I grew tired of the mean spirited pettiness and myself permission to stop reading before I finished the story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenni Pestana

    Lovely read I really enjoyed this book. Lovely descriptions and history of Tuscany. Interesting characters and the way their intricate lives played out

  7. 5 out of 5

    Delena constant

    The year of Tuscany I low the read of a good book about Italy. Interesting,many turns in this book.It does so shine like bright sun even on a Tuscany Rainey day!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ed Rhudy

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susan Dragon

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Brown

  11. 4 out of 5

    nancy yoest

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie Tomko

  13. 4 out of 5

    Patty Sutton

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amber Hubble

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

  16. 4 out of 5

    karen r johnson

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amritha

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jane L. OConnell

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karen K Green

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Rospert

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Cahill

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  23. 4 out of 5

    Teri Kawamoto

  24. 4 out of 5

    Margaret O'Malley

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anny

  26. 4 out of 5

    joann thiry

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ruth A. Vincent

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lou

  29. 4 out of 5

    Naimoli

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Cambier

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