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.

The Corsican Widow is available in ebook and paperback formats from all branches of Amazon and from bookstores. It is also available in paperback online from Barnes & Noble, the Book Depository and Bookshop org US*.

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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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