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 strict island society. A forbidden love. The two are bound to collide.

Corsica, 1755.

Valeria Peretti’s family plans to marry her to a wealthy older man whom she has never met. Valeria expects to lead a quiet life, but a prophecy on the eve of her wedding spells mortal danger ahead.

After her husband’s death, Valeria finds herself friendless in a hostile village and turns to her only ally. But when she is unjustly accused of a serious crime, she is shocked to learn that a secret enemy wants her dead.

While Corsica fights for its independence, can Valeria win her own desperate battles to save her life?

A tale of passion, injustice and revenge.


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.

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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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