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The Tuscan Contessa

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One war. Two women. Will they be able to save the ones they love? A sweeping new novel from the number one Sunday Times bestselling author of The Tea Planter's Wife

Viking / Penguin
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Dinah Jefferies


In 1943, Contessa Sofia de’ Corsi’s peaceful Tuscan villa among the olive groves is upturned by the sudden arrival of German soldiers. Desperate to fight back, she agrees to shelter a wounded British radio engineer in her home, keeping him hidden from her husband Lorenzo – knowing that she is putting all of their lives at risk.

When Maxine, an Italian-American working for the resistance, arrives on Sofia’s doorstep, the pair forge an uneasy alliance. Feisty, independent Maxine promised herself never to fall in love. But when she meets a handsome partisan named Marco, she realizes it’s a promise she can’t keep…

Before long, the two women find themselves entangled in a dangerous game with the Nazis. Will they be discovered? And will they both be able to save the ones they love?

‘Dinah Jefferies has a remarkable gift for conjuring up another time and place with lush descriptions, full of power and intensity’
Kate Furnivall

‘A stunning story of love and loyalty in wartime’
Rachel Hore

‘Beautiful writing, wonderful characters, gripping story, and such a gorgeously evoked Tuscan setting – how I loved this! Such a perfect, immersive summer read!’
Jenny Ashcroft

‘A lush, fast-moving, gripping story that will keep you guessing till the last pages. A perfect summer read’
Gill Paul

‘It’s so rich and the historical details so transporting. Reading this novel is like being swept into a wonderful movie’
Eve Chase