The Shooting Star by Frances Dall’Alba is a suspenseful, romantic story set in Falerna, Southern Italy.
This is Book 1 of Sway of The Stars series.
In 1944, six months after Mussolini had surrendered to the Allied Forces, it was still a dangerous time. No one knew who to trust. Benito and Nicolo, twins, found their home ransacked and their parents murdered. The brothers fled into the mountains. Realising those responsible were looking for their mother’s jewels, they returned to check if they were still hidden.
On finding the jewels they moved them to another safer hiding place away from their home. The brothers made a pact to come back one day when it was safe and dig them up together.
In Malanda Australia, ten years after her adoptive Uncle Ben has passed, Liz Emerson finds a letter addressed to her, with a sum of money included. The letter tells Uncle Ben’s story and gives directions to the buried jewels.
Liz is unsure what to do. The money would come in handy for practical things. After all, it’s been 75 years since the jewels have been buried. Maybe his twin has already found them. Liz decides to go to Falerna and carry out Uncle Ben’s wishes. She’ll give it three weeks!
In Toronto Canada, Connor Levorico ‘s Grandfather is dying. He shares his story, and leaves a written letter for Connor who promises to return to Falerna and find his grandfather’s twin or family and unearth the jewels.
Not everything goes to plan for Liz. Arriving in Rome she is mugged at the airport. A handsome Canadian chases the thief and returns her money. The important letter with the directions to find the jewels is missing.
Fate brings Liz and Connor to the small town at the same time, both on the pretext of researching their family heritage, where they bump into each other again.
Liz feels an attraction between them, but she is here on a mission and not for a holiday romance! Neither Liz nor Connor are entirely truthful or trust each other with their true motives. That can be a big problem for friendship, or romance.
The search for the jewels has put them both in danger.
The story is filled with the unexpected dramas of family life. Plans are constantly changing. There are misunderstandings and a lack of trust. Plus, you’ll wonder if Liz will solve the mystery of Connor’s past, and whether the jewels are still there.
Once again, Frances Dall’Alba has written an enjoyable and engaging story that keeps you in suspense until the very end.
I related to this story as I have a friend whose family buried their jewels and returned after the war to search.
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