” ‘…. Yet still you took me to that same spot where your biggest mistake happened….
You arranged that picnic with the sole intention of getting me to lift my skirts
and spread my legs for you…like…like…a trollop!’ “
A reunion in Rome…Sparks an affair to remember!
Responsible widow Lilian Fairclough is persuaded to travel to Rome for a hard-earned break and to let down her hair! She’s surprised to be reunited with passionate, cynical Italian duke, Pietro Venturi. He reawakens her sensual side and intrigues her with glimpses of pain beneath his rakish surface. Enticed into a secret and temporary affair – what will happen once she returns home?
Welcome to the second of my final four blog tours, which sadly, is the fourth and final book in the excellent ‘Secrets of a Victorian Household’ series, which follows the stories of Lilian Fairclough and her three children. Each book is about a different Fairclough, and is written by a different author.
Lilian has been talked into going to Italy with her friend Alexendra, where they will stay with the Contessa di Bagnoregio, an old friend of Alexandra’s. Unfortunately, no one has told Lilian that the Contessa’s brother actually owns the Palazzo, and he is non other than the sexy Italian, Pietro Venturi, Duca della Torizia, with whom she shared a kiss last Christmas.
Lilian is not looking for love because she’s still mourning her lost husband with whom she was very much in love. At the beginning, she’s apparently suffering from ’empty nest syndrome’, and has begun to question herself after a lifetime of being a wife, mother, and running the Fairclough Foundation. Who is she? What does she really want? Where does she belong now?
Pietro is a widower who, as a consequence of that marriage, has a cold and barricaded heart. In the years since, he’s had many, discreet affairs which he has always kept at a physical distance from his home, so he can equally keep his lovers at an emotional distance. And this gorgeous, sexy, sinful Italian is a very good lover indeed….
Set mainly in Rome, against her backdrop of art and art history, it’s the story of an older couple with all the emotional baggage that comes from previous relationships whether good or bad. It’s wonderful to read because contrary to popular opinion, our desires and emotions don’t disappear as soon as we hit forty, or even thirty! It’s beautifully and compassionately written, and that, together with Ms Heath’s trademark wit and humour, has made it one of my favourites.
It’s powerful, it’s emotional, and it’s breathtaking. I love it.
All in all, a fabulous ending for a fabulous series!
When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.