The Corsican Widow

Tales of Corsica series Book 2

The Corsican Widow is my latest Corsica novel, published in May 2018. Like The House at Zaronza, it’s based on a true tale. The novel takes place in the same house in the village of Zaronza (an invented name) on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, and in Marseille, France.

A sweeping tale of love, injustice and vengeance, set on the beguiling Mediterranean island of Corsica in the 18th century.

Valeria Peretti must marry a wealthy older man she doesn’t know, while the island struggles for freedom from its Genoese masters. A quiet, respectable life is apparently in store for Valeria, but a prophecy on the eve of her betrothal spells misfortune ahead.

After her husband dies and she is left alone in a hostile village, Valeria is condemned for a forbidden love affair, and then accused of a murder she didn’t commit. A secret enemy is plotting against her.

Friendless and isolated, can she escape from her enemies and seek a new life elsewhere?

This is a story of love and injustice against the backdrop of an austere, traditional society.

Corsica has always been a male-dominated society. Women had limited life choices and suffered harsh penalties if they transgressed the island’s rigid moral code – as Valeria does. She has to struggle in order to influence her own destiny.

The Corsican Widow is available in ebook and paperback formats from all branches of Amazon.

Praise for The Corsican Widow

“This book would be a perfect read for those who enjoy historical fiction where the real trials of life in a different era are expertly woven around love and emotions that have changed little over the years.” The French Village Diaries

“Well-researched historical detail, descriptive settings and skilled characterisation. I highly recommend this beautifully-written and engaging story.” BookMuse

“This is a good story, and…in the best historical novel tradition, a meaningful way of learning more about Corsica’s troubled history.” Discovering Diamonds

“The rugged, often starkly sublime colour of the island [is] beautifully portrayed. A well written and easy read.” Tripfiction

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