The Lit­tle Theatre by the Sea

by Rosanna Ley, Ha­chette.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - KE

In­te­rior de­signer Faye For­rester is about to travel to Sar­dinia to un­der­take her first as­sign­ment – restor­ing an 1820s theatre to its for­mer glory. The com­mis­sion has come from old friend Char­lotte, with whom she spent a sum­mer in Italy, both ro­manc­ing Neapoli­tan men. Char­lotte stayed to marry Fabio Odini, who runs a ho­tel in the medieval town of Deriu. Ley casts her char­ac­ters with gusto – shady black-eyed ban­dit types, un­mar­ried men liv­ing with their moth­ers, plus an Al­pha Male be­hind the wheel of an Alfa Romeo – and her de­scrip­tions of Sar­dinian cui­sine are mouth­wa­ter­ing. She also sets the stage with se­crets. Faye was led to be­lieve that Il Pic­colo Teatro was owned by Char­lotte and Fabio’s friends, brother and sis­ter Marisa and Alessan­dro Ri­naldi. But ac­cord­ing to an­gry lo­cals, the build­ing be­longs to the towns­folk, and Faye finds her­self caught in a late spring of dis­con­tent. As the fight­ing threat­ens to spoil Faye’s so­journ in the sun, things aren’t much bet­ter in Eng­land. Her par­ents’ 36-year-old mar­riage has bro­ken down. In­trigu­ing…

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