Tales of Corsica series Book 1
Set in early 20th-century Corsica and at the Western Front in World War I. Based on a true story.
Two women divided by a century. A tragic story buried for four generations. A quest to unravel the past.
The death of Rachel’s mother leaves unsolved questions about her ancestors. Will Rachel find the answers she desperately seeks on the island of Corsica, where her grandmother was born?
In a remote Corsican village, a bundle of hidden letters from the 1900s comes to light more than a hundred years later. The tale unfolds of a passionate love affair between the village school master and Maria, the daughter of a wealthy family. But Maria’s parents have other plans for her future.
Must Maria see her dreams crumble, or can she escape her destiny? And does she hold the key to the enigma of Rachel’s ancestors?
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Praise for The House at Zaronza
“Emotionally powerful…I could see the deep blue Mediterranean and the plunging cliffs and savour its cuisine and myrtle aperitif, but this novel is more than a travelogue. Vanessa Couchman writes with intelligence and skill.” Historical Novels Review
“An emotional, absorbing and powerful read…Vanessa Couchman has a huge potential talent, and will be an author to watch…”Discovering Diamonds, historical fiction review website
“An emotional, absorbing and powerful read…Vanessa Couchman has a huge potential talent, and will be an author to watch…” Discovering Diamonds, historical fiction review website
“What a lovely story of love and loss. Thoroughly enjoyed.” Chill with a Book
“Beautifully written, evocative of this small island. A lovely book.” Tripfiction
“…powerfully written and gripping.” French Village Diaries
“…hooked me right to the end… I would highly recommend this book.” BookMuse
“…not only an excellent historical fiction read, but also a revealing glimpse into the evolution of women’s rights…” The Good Life France
“She writes with a pleasing balance of description and dialogue, lingering on the fine details that make this sort of novel such a joy to read…” French Property News
Amazon Customers’ Reviews
“A beautiful piece of historical fiction…an absolute treat of a book.”
“This debut novel is an absolute gem.”
“I loved this book. It is beautifully told, word perfect, totally absorbing and wonderfully researched.”
“I have so enjoyed reading this story, especially poignant in a year when past catastrophes are commemorated.”
“An enchanting and compelling story…I look forward to reading more from this author.”
“Fantastically atmospheric with a great sense of place and history.”
“This is historical fiction at its best!”
“I couldn’t put the book down and loved it from beginning to end.”