The Corsican Widow

Tales of Corsica series Book 2


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“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

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 also takes place in the village of Zaronza (an invented name) on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, and in Marseille, France.

Corsica, 1755. The island is struggling for independence against its Genoese masters.

Can Valeria Peretti escape the destiny that is mapped out for her? She must marry an older, wealthy man, and a quiet, respectable life apparently awaits her. But a prophecy on the eve of her betrothal spells misfortune ahead.

As her life unfolds, Valeria’s attempts to fight against her fate bring her into conflict with the unbending moral code of Corsican society. She must make a choice between her personal wishes and social duty that will cast her far away from Corsica’s shores.

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 all branches of Amazon and will shortly be available on other online retailers, too.

Copyright © Vanessa Couchman 2018, all rights reserved