BOOKS

The Little Theatre by the Sea
(published by Quercus March and June 2017)

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Faye has just completed her degree in interior design when she finds herself jobless and boyfriend-less. While debating what to do next she receives a phone call from her old friend Charlotte who now lives in Sardinia. When Charlotte suggests that Faye relocate for a month to house-sit, Faye wonders if a summer in sunny Sardinia might be the perfect way to relax, recharge her batteries and think about her future. But there’s something more behind the sudden invitation: Charlotte’s friends Marisa and Alessandro Rinaldi are looking for a designer to renovate an old theatre they own in the scenic village of Deriu. The idea certainly sounds appealing to Faye, but little does she know what she's letting herself in for if she agrees to take on the project . . .

The bestselling author of The Villa and The Saffron Trail returns with a gorgeous summer read about love and starting over - set in West Dorset and beautiful Sardinia.

Praise for Rosanna Ley

‘A beautifully crafted slice of escapist fiction’
Heat magazine
‘Elegant storytelling at its best’
Veronica Henry
‘The perfect holiday read’
Rachel Hore
‘Vividly written with a compelling storyline, this is top escapism’
Closer
‘A gorgeous, mouth-watering dream of a holiday read!’
Red Online
‘I loved the sultry sensuous feeling... A fascinating story with engaging themes. ’
Dinah Jefferies (author of The Tea Planter’s Wife)
‘The heat, passion and Latin rhythms come to life in this compelling tale from Rosanna Ley.’
Hello magazine
‘An impeccably researched and deftly written narrative that kept me hooked until the end.’
Kathryn Hughes
‘A perfect holiday read, to be devoured in one sitting’
The Lady

Last Dance in Havana (published by Quercus May 2016)

Last Dance in Havana

Cuba 1958

Elisa knows Duardo is the love of her life from the moment they first dance the rumba together in downtown Havana. But Duardo is a rebel, determined to fight in Castro’s army and Elisa is forced to leave behind her homeland and rebuild her life in distant England. But how can she stop longing for the warmth of Havana, when the music of the rumba still calls to her?

England, 2012

Grace isn’t sure she wants the baby her husband is so desperate to have and, worst of all, she’s begun to develop feelings for their best friend Theo. Theo is a Cuban born magician but even he can’t make Grace’s problems disappear. And is the passion Grace feels for Theo enough to risk her family’s happiness?

An exotic tale of love, family and friendship set in England and Cuba.


The Saffron Trail (published by Quercus May 2015)

The Saffron Trail

Deep in the heart of Marrakech, closeted among the colourfull souks and bazaars, lies the cool tranquillity of a traditional riad. Within its high walls a small group of Europeans are learning to cook spicy Moroccan cuisine with its warm, tempting aromas. Among the group are Nell, who dreams of opening her own restaurant back in the UK and photographer Amy, who is gathering illustrative material for a cookbook and for an exhibition at the Moroccan Event being held by her gallery in Lyme Regis.

Nell is searching for a sense of direction following the death of her mother. Amy is searching for her cousin Glenn – an American draft dodger last heard of living in a hippie commune in the shadows of the Atlas Mountains. Amy and Nell join forces to enter the maze and follow the Saffron Trail.


Return to Mandalay (published by Quercus May 2014)

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Eva Gatsby has often wondered exactly what happened to her grandfather Lawrence in Burma during the Second World War. But it is only when Eva’s job as an antiques dealer requires a trip to Mandalay that Lawrence breaks his silence and asks her to return a mysterious artefact he has in his possession – a carved and decorative wooden chinthe – to its rightful owner.

As Eva arrives in Burma her mission soon proves dangerously complicated and the treasure she is guarding becomes the centre of a scandal dating from colonialism and the final Burmese dynasty and with far-reaching consequences. Caught between loyalty and integrity, Eva is determined to find the truth about her grandfather’s past, her own family origins, and the red-eyed chinthe itself – enigmatic symbol of the riches of Mandalay.


Bay of Secrets (published by Quercus May 2013)

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Set between England and the Spanish Canary Islands, three women discover a surprising truth about their shared pasts.

Spain 1939

Following the wishes of her parents to keep her safe during the Civil War, Julia is forced to enter a convent in Barcelona. Looking for a way to maintain her links to the outside world, she volunteers to help in a maternity clinic. But worrying adoption practices in the clinic force Sister Julia to decide how far she will go to help those placed in her care.

England 2011

Six months after her parents’ shocking death, thirty-four year old journalist and jazz enthusiast Ruby Rae has finally found the strength to pack away their possessions and sell the family home. But as she does so, she unearths a devastating secret her parents, Vivien and Tom, had kept from her all her life.


The Villa (published by Quercus May 2012)

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Why did Flavia Angel leave her homeland of Sicily at 23? And why has she never returned? When her daughter Tess inherits the dilapidated but beautiful Villa Sirena overlooking the bay of Cetaria, she is determined to find out. In Sicily, Tess becomes enmeshed in an old family feud and intrigued by the mystery surrounding il Tesoro - an ancient stolen treasure. She is drawn to Tonino, who creates sea glass mosaics and tells her stories of Sicilian legend and she dives in the Marine Reserve to discover Cetaria underwater. But the shadows of Sicily can be menacing and long-lasting. Who can she trust?

Back home, Tess’s daughter Ginny has lost her direction and her relationship with her mother is deteriorating. Seeing this, Flavia decides it is time to pass on her precious Sicilian recipes to Tess and to tell her story which began in the summer of 1944 when Flavia discovered an injured English pilot in the countryside near her home in Cetaria.

Tess must navigate a way through the prejudices of Sicilian history, the opposition of her family’s enemies, and the needs of her daughter before she can find Il Tesoro, Flavia’s story and home.

© Rosanna Ley
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