That Summer in Ischia by Penny Feeny

By Penny Feeny

A young woman’s adventurous quest to discover the reality approximately her mother’s prior in Italy—a story wealthy with romance, darkish secrets and techniques, mature storytelling, and sharp witLiddy and Helena are scholars operating as au pairs at the island of Ischia in the summertime of 1979. They anticipate to spend the summer season having enjoyable at the seashore and of their new, opulent atmosphere, taking care of the kids of the Verduccis and the Baldinis. yet they hadn’t counted on a abducted baby, risky amorous affairs, and the carabinieri. Twenty-five years later Liddy, strolling her puppy on an English seashore, spies a determine similar to her estranged friend—it is Helena’s daughter, Allie. on the threat of starting an outdated wound, she befriends her. And so Allie is decided upon a startling quest for identification, taking her throughout Europe to the kinfolk villa the place all of it went so fallacious for her mom. Her interest and endurance forges outstanding hyperlinks with households she'd in basic terms heard approximately from Liddy, as she seeks her father and discovers what particularly came about in the course of that summer season in Ischia.

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Never mind the names, you’ll get used to them. And it’s only for the summer. ’ Liddy could see the two-tone green telephone squatting on the hall table. She could hear Helena’s enthusiasm, could see her own hand lowering the receiver. It was disturbing, the way the events of more than twenty years ago could seem so fresh and immediate. Her attention had drifted and Daphne broke through by raising a voice which already creaked from a lifetime of strident hectoring. ’ ‘Back? ’ Daphne enjoyed being an informant.

She knew it was Helena; she’d caught the scent of her. Rive Gauche by Yves Saint Laurent was just the perfume Helena would wear: light and jazzy and – what was the word? – insouciant. Liddy was still experimenting, hadn’t yet found her signature fragrance. ’ ‘You were miles away. ’ Helena had been in Italy long enough to acquire a honeyed glow; Liddy had freckled and peeled. ‘Not really. But that feels nice; don’t stop. ’ She drew in and let out a long luxurious breath. ‘At least, while we’re minus the kids.

With you? ’ She was slurring her words but her accent had given her away. Now, as an unaccompanied foreigner, she was presented with further tempting invitations. His tone changed from insolent to ingratiating. He offered to take her to a club where the drinks were half the price of the Vesuvio, to show her the magnificent slopes of his cousin’s vineyard, or the spot where the thermal waters foamed into the sea. Feigning reluctance, she turned him down. His friend, struggling with the starter motor, growled with impatience.

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