Troubador That's Amore!

Released: 01/11/2013

ISBN: 9781783060634

eISBN: 9781783068913

Format: Paperback/eBook

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That's Amore!

Lasagne, language trouble and love in a 1970s Italian village

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The book is a light-hearted view of life in a rural Italian village in the 1970s. It is a picture of an Italy that is long gone.

Aged 22, Valerie left a comfortable life in Poole, Dorset, to follow her Italian fiancé to his home in northern Italy. In 1977, Piussogno was a sleepy mountain village where nothing much happened apart from the occasional triple birth of lambs. Valerie’s arrival was cause for gossip. The decision to build a disco meant she must be rich and it was also a foregone conclusion that she was pregnant. They were wrong on both fronts.

Her new life involved living with her future in-laws, learning both the language and how to drive like an Italian and then the completion of the disco coincided with a visit from the local mafia... The language, the locals and lasagne – That’s Amore!

VALERIE BARONA was born in 1955 in Poole, Dorset. She trained as a teacher and
followed her husband to Piussogno, his village in northern Italy. After having two children, she returned to teaching and is currently on the staff at a local school. She enjoys entertaining her grandchildren - and writing.

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Lovely story I've also got the book but I wuold like to know more about it. Where can I find more information?

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Valerie Barona

Aged 22, Valerie left a comfortable life in Poole, Dorset, to follow her Italian fiance´ to his home in northern Italy. In 1977, Piussogno was a sleepy mountain village where nothing much happened apart from the occasional triple birth of lambs. Valerie’s arrival was cause for gossip. The decision to build a disco meant she must be rich and it was also a foregone conclusion that she was pregnant. They were wrong on both fronts. Her new life involved living with her future in-laws, learning both the language and how to drive like an Italian and then the completion of the disco coincided with a visit from the local mafia....

The language, the locals and lasagne – That’s Amore!

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