30 Day Book Challenge ~ Day 6 ~ Book you've read the most number of times.

Have you ever read a book that has been so beautifully rich in setting that you've been transported to a completely different country just from opening the pages? I have, and I've read it countless times now. The book is called The Villa and is written by Rosanna Ley. Before reading The Villa, I've never experienced that overpowering need to fly to another country and just bask in it's beauty, but after reading this book, my ultimate destination has become Sicily, Italy, and I am determined to get there someday. 

The blurb

When Tess Angel receives a solicitor's letter inviting her to claim her inheritance - the dilapidated but beautiful Villa Serena, perched on a clifftop in Sicily - she is stunned. Her only link to the island is through her mother, Flavia, who left Sicily following World War II and cut all contact with her family. Could this be Tess's chance to find out why? 

Initially resistant to Tess going back to her roots, Flavia realises the secrets from her past are about to be revealed and decides to try to explain her actions. She compiles a book of her family's traditional Sicilian recipes as a legacy to pass on to her daughter and tells her story which began in the summer of 1944 when she rescued an injured English pilot in the countryside near her home in Cetaria and helped nurse him back to health. 

Meanwhile, Tess's teenage daughter Ginny has lost her sense of direction. She is stressed by college and by her blossoming sexuality and consumed by questions that she longs to ask her father - if only she knew where he was. 

Tess, a qualified diver, discovers the beauty of the underwater marine conservation area of Cetaria and falls in love with her inheritance. But there is a mystery attached to The Mermaid's Villa concerning the missing Il Tesoro. What is this treasure and what does it have to do with her family? Tonino Amato and Giovanni Sciarra both seem to want to help her find out. She is drawn to Tonino, who creates dazzling mosaics from sea glass in the ancient baglio and tells her of the myths and legends of Sicily. But Giovanni warns her against him. Why are they sworn enemies and who can she trust? Tess must navigate a way through the prejudices of Sicilian history and the opposition of her family's enemies in order to find out.   

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I admit, when I first spotted this book, the cover completely sold it to me, and then when I read the blurb I didn't think that I was going to like it very much. But, I can honestly say, that it is one hell of a beautiful story and you'll fall in love with Villa Serena just like I did. There's also quite a hot Italian man in there too, just in case that temps you a little bit more. 

I must have read this book about seven times now, that's how in love with it I am. I've since googled pictures of Sicily and villas and Italy because I became that besotted with it. I will plan my trip to Sicily one day, I have promised myself. The Villa will place such a beautiful image into your mind, you'll be wanting to book a flight out there in an instant. 

What book have you read more than twice? Feel free to share your answers! 

1 comment :

  1. I've got that book in my TBR pile, it was the cover that garbed me first. Haven't read books twice even though I've loved some so much. I've got about 30 books and the same amount in my kindke to read. Then I read book blogs and buy even more. HELP, think I'm addicted to books!!! X