WYOMING STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY PUBLICATIONS FICTION AWARD winnerKIRKUS INDIE NEW AND NOTABLE From opposite sides of an ocean, two people wounded by the Great War are fated to meet and try to rebuild their lives.First a war bride. Francesca Sittoni was brought against her will to America by the husband she never loved. Now she finds herself alone
|Publisher:||Jargon Media LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)|
About the Author
Alethea Williams grew up in southwest Wyoming. Willow Vale is her first novel of the immigrant experience, dealing with the Tyroleans after WWI. Her second novel details the Irish immigrant experience and the Orphan Train movement in Walls for the Wind. Her third book, a Western American pre-history will be out in 2016. She also has a collection of newspaper columns in print: Boomer Blues Book: Staying Alive and Sane in the Modern American West. Twice president of Wyoming Writers, Inc. she lives in her native state with long-time friend, Amazon parrot Bob.
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Willow Vale based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Very good story, loved the book, quick read I could not put it down!
Can you imagine being in a foreign country where few people speak your language, and then losing your husband and home? That’s what happens to Francesca Sittoni in Alethea Williams’ new novel, Willow Vale. Not long after she and her young daughter move from Italy to Wyoming, her husband dies in a mine accident, leaving Francesca alone and pregnant, with a small child and a home that the mining company wants her to vacate. Francesca answers an ad for a housekeeper in Willow Vale, and meets Kent Reed, a World War I veteran with issues of his own. Francesca dares not tell Kent that prior to the war, her native land was part of Austria, who fought against the Allies, and not part of friendly Italy until after the war. Their relationship is complicated by both the language barrier and the hard times that each has faced. I have visited South Tyrol in Italy, which is the area of Francesca’s birth. Alethea Williams brings across both the beauty of the land and the attitudes of its residents after the war. She ably describes the frustrations that Francesca faced dealing with a language barrier and uncertainty over American customs. This book is definitely worth reading.