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Italian Wedding by Nicky Pellegrino
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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.

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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.

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Nicky Pellegrino has crafted a feast not just for the mind but the mouth. It tells the story of Pieta, the daughter of an Italian father and an English mother living in London. Her sister Addolorata is getting married and Pieta promises to make the wedding dress of her dreams. All her life Pieta has lived with her parent's hatred for Gianfranco-her father's one-time best friend from his home town in Italy. Forbidden to enter Gianfranco's nearby delicatessen or even talk to his family, Pieta is intrigued about the deep-seated hatred her family feels toward them. Things fall apart as illness strikes her father and Pieta makes friends with Michele, the son of her father's hated enemy. She also sees a change in her distant, sad mother as the two hand-sew thousands of beads onto the wedding gown, and the older woman finally shares the stories of Pieta's family. Learning how her parents met and why they mysteriously hate their neighbour is what she's longed for and the truth sets her free to find love for herself. Pellegrino has a style strongly reminiscent of Maeve Binchy, and fans of the continental-flavoured, food-centred family love story will love it. Drew Turney is a freelance journalist, graphic designer and web developer

A lovely read ... with a genuine heart and true observation--ELIZABETH BUCHAN
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
A touching story about one woman's search for love--SUNDAY EXPRESS

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