The Italian Garden

The Italian Garden, is the second of three books set in Italy with a WWI widow as the heroine. Each book will be a standalone story.

Lake Como, 1919.

The garden of Villa Marchese was once a sight to behold. Now, overgrown and unloved, the flowers that once bloomed are nothing but a reminder of the tragic events of Flora Marchese’s death.

When horticulturist Violet Honeywell is commissioned to restore the once exquisite garden, she immediately accepts and sets off from London on a life-changing adventure in Italy.

Violet is enchanted by the Italian way of life, and under the beguiling warmth of the Bellagio sun, she falls in love with a man who can never truly be hers – Flora’s grandson.

But when a discovery at the Lake uncovers buried truths that have haunted the family for decades, Violet starts to delve deeper into the dark secrets of their past, and she quickly begins to realise that not everything in the Marchese family is what it seems …

The Italian Garden will be published on 2nd May 2024 in paperback and ebook editions.

Why do readers love Charlotte Betts?

Lush, romantic and full of intrigue‘ Tracy Rees, Richard & Judy bestselling author

A deeply romantic novel whose vivid characters will linger in your mind‘ Margaret Kaine

Romantic, poignant and gripping . . . a fabulous holiday read‘ Deborah Swift

A stunning and captivating read . . . full of drama, love, loss and life’ Book Literati

Lingers in the heart long after the final page is turned . . . a must read for anyone who wants to be absorbed as well as utterly enchanted‘ Carol McGrath

A compelling story, beautifully written and brought alive with rich historical detail‘ Liz Harris

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