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That Summer in Ischia by Penny Feeny

That Summer in Ischia

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

May 2012 Debut of the Month.

With intrigue, lost friendships and set on a sun-drenched Italian island, this is one of these stories that you just want to keep on reading. 25 years after a small island community was rocked by the kidnap of a young boy, a daughter returns to hunt for the truth about what really happened to her mother in the summer of 1979. A perfect holiday read.

If you like Penny Feeny you might also like to read books by Sadie Jones, Anita Shreve and Kate Morton.

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That Summer in Ischia by Penny Feeny

In the long hot summer of 1979, best friends Helena and Liddy travel to the beautiful island of Ischia to be au pairs to the children of two wealthy Italian families: the Verduccis and the Baldinis. From the opulent hillside villas and the sun-drenched beaches the girls plan their great adventure to find romance and excitement, whatever the cost, on the sleepy island. But when a little boy in their care goes missing the spell is broken and the girls find themselves under suspicion from the police. Under pressure, the cracks in their relationship are forced to the surface and one will betray the other, changing the course of both their lives forever. Twenty-four years later, Liddy, walking her dog on an English beach, spies a woman strangely reminiscent of her estranged friend. Hoping for reconciliation, Liddy follows the figure home. But this isn't Helena; it's her twenty-three year old daughter, Allie, a daughter Liddy never knew about. As their friendship blossoms, new mysteries come to light, sending Allie on a startling quest to find out what really happened that summer in Ischia.

About the Author

Penny Feeny

Penny Feeny lives in Liverpool, where she is happily married with five grown-up children. Involved in the city’s cultural scene, Penny has also freelanced as a copywriter, editor and broadcaster. Penny Feeny’s short stories have been published widely in literary magazines and anthologies, and she has won several prizes, including the BBC World Service Short Story Competition.

Author photo © Stephanie de Leng

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Publication date

3rd May 2012


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