~ French Village Diaries
"...not only an excellent historical fiction read, but also a revealing glimpse into the evolution of women's rights..."
~ The Good Life France
"...hooked me right to the end... I would highly recommend this book."
~ Book Muse
"She writes with a pleasing balance of description and dialogue, lingering on the fine details that make this sort of novel such a joy to read,..."
~ French Property News
"Beautifully written, evocative of this small island. A lovely book."
The past uncovered.
Rachel Swift travels to Corsica to discover more about her forebears. She comes across a series of passionate love letters and delves into their history.
The story unfolds of a secret romance at the start of the 20th century between a village schoolteacher and Maria, the daughter of a bourgeois family. Maria's parents have other plans for her future, though, and she sees her dreams crumble.
Her life is played out against the backdrop of Corsica, the 'island of beauty', and the turmoil of World War I.
This is a story about love, loss and reconciliation in a strict patriarchal society, whose values are challenged as the world changes.
Love gained and lost.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The House at Zaronza, a story of love, loss and conciliation, set on the island of Corsica in the early 20th century, immediately drew me in, and hooked me right to the end. The story begins in the present, as Rachel Swift arrives at a guesthouse in Corsica in the hope of uncovering her past. But when she discovers a series of love letters between a schoolmaster and his secret lover, another story surfaces, and we walk straight into the life of a brave and remarkable woman of her times. The author vividly brings to life the wild and rugged landscape of Corsica, and its people of that particular era, as well as deftly exploring WWI and its consequences. The characters are well-drawn and believable, the storyline intriguing and fascinating, and the descriptions beautiful. I would highly recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction looking for a gripping, well-written read.