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The House at Zaronza

by: Vanessa Couchman

“…powerfully written and gripping.”
~ French Village Diaries

“…not only an excellent historical fiction read, but also a revealing glimpse into the evolution of women’s rights…”
~ The Good Life France

“…hooked me right to the end… I would highly recommend this book.”
~ Book Muse

“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

““Beautifully written, evocative of this small island. A lovely book.”
~ Tripfiction

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The past uncovered.

Rachel Swift travels to Corsica to discover more about her forebears. She comes across a series of passionate love letters and delves into their history.

The story unfolds of a secret romance at the start of the 20th century between a village schoolteacher and Maria, the daughter of a bourgeois family. Maria’s parents have other plans for her future, though, and she sees her dreams crumble.

Her life is played out against the backdrop of Corsica, the ‘island of beauty’, and the turmoil of World War I.

This is a story about love, loss and reconciliation in a strict patriarchal society, whose values are challenged as the world changes.

Love gained and lost.

Meet the Author
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Vanessa lives in the south of France and is passionate about French and Corsican history and culture, the inspiration for her writing. THE HOUSE AT ZARONZA is based on an intriguing true story that she came across when holidaying on the beguiling Mediterranean island of Corsica. Look out for her latest novel, THE CORSICAN WIDOW, set on Corsica and in Marseilles during the 18th century. She is also working on a sequel to The House at Zaronza, set during World War II. Vanessa's short stories have won, been placed and shortlisted in creative writing competitions and published in anthologies and online. FRENCH COLLECTION: TWELVE SHORT STORIES set in France will be released on 9th November 2017. Vanessa has a degree in history from Oxford University and an MBA. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, ex-pat writing community Writers Abroad and the Parisot Writing Group.
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Overview

“…powerfully written and gripping.”
~ French Village Diaries

“…not only an excellent historical fiction read, but also a revealing glimpse into the evolution of women’s rights…”
~ The Good Life France

“…hooked me right to the end… I would highly recommend this book.”
~ Book Muse

“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

““Beautifully written, evocative of this small island. A lovely book.”
~ Tripfiction

~~~

The past uncovered.

Rachel Swift travels to Corsica to discover more about her forebears. She comes across a series of passionate love letters and delves into their history.

The story unfolds of a secret romance at the start of the 20th century between a village schoolteacher and Maria, the daughter of a bourgeois family. Maria’s parents have other plans for her future, though, and she sees her dreams crumble.

Her life is played out against the backdrop of Corsica, the ‘island of beauty’, and the turmoil of World War I.

This is a story about love, loss and reconciliation in a strict patriarchal society, whose values are challenged as the world changes.

Love gained and lost.