Author(s): Nicky Pellegrino
Pieta Martinelli's sister is getting married. Since she is a bridal designer it falls to her to make the wedding gown. But Pieta is distracted by a series of unanswered questions. Why is her father feuding with another Italian in the neighbourhood? Why is her mother so faded and sad? And could the man she's always held a torch for really be getting married to someone else? As Pieta stitches and beads her sister's wedding gown she uncovers the secrets that have made her family what it is and that stand between her and happiness. This book is a feast of food and love. It's about discovering who your parents really are. And who you really want to be.
Another wonderful Italian novel from the author of SUMMER AT THE VILLA ROSA. The exotic quality of Joanne Harris meets the warm, traditional storytelling of Maureen Lee. Rights to Nicky Pellegrino's novels have been sold throughout Europe. She receives terrific reviews: 'Set against a backdrop of love, life, friendship and food, Mediterranean beauty Raffaella attempts to rediscover her happiness after her one true love dies ... The descriptions of Italian food will make your mouth water' Cosmopolitan. 'A touching story about one woman's search for love' Sunday Express. 'If you like your stories on the sensuous side, this debut novel is for you' Glamour. 'Full-bodied as a rich Italian red, it is a page-turner combining the missed chances of Captain Corelli's Mandolin with the foodie pleasures of Chocolat' Eve.
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 every summer the family returned to 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 hordes her annual leave so that she and her husband can return to Italy to meet up with her family, eat the best mozzarella and research her books.