FAMILY SECRETS are the recurring theme in three new titles from best-selling women writers hitting the Library shelves this month, along with a new offering from blockbuster author James Patterson.
The Gypsy Madonna
by Santa Montefiore
WHEN ELEGANT Anouk, a dealer in American antiques, dies unexpectedly and leaves the Metropolitan Museum an uncatalogued, multi-million dollar painting by Titian, her son Mischa becomes determined to discover the story behind the painting. This mystery sends him on the trail of his own history, back to the French village of his childhood. There he hopes to uncover the origins of the Gypsy Madonna and the story of his own past…
by Kate Furnivall
IN ITALY IN 1945, as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated cities, its population fights each other to survive.
Caterina Lombardi is desperate – her mother has abandoned them already and her brother is being drawn into the Mafia. Early one morning, among the ruins of the bombed Naples streets, she is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect her family and in doing so forges a future very different to the one she expected.
But will the secrets of her family’s past be her downfall? This epic novel is an unforgettably powerful story of love, loss and the long shadow of war.
A Week in Paris
by Rachel Hore
BORN ON THE DAY World War Two broke out, 21-year-old Fay Knox cannot remember her early childhood in London, before she moved to a Norfolk village with her mother, Kitty.
Though she has seen a photograph of her father, she does not recall him either. He died, she was told, in an air raid, and their house destroyed, along with all their possessions. Why then, on a visit to Paris in on tour with her orchestra does a strange series of events suggest that she spent the war there instead?
There is only one clue to follow, an address on the luggage label of an old canvas satchel. But will the truth hurt or heal?
Cross the Line
by James Patterson
SHOTS RING OUT in the early hours in the suburbs of Washington DC. When the smoke clears, a cop lies dead.
Under pressure from the mayor, Alex Ross steps into the leadership vacuum to investigate the audacious killing. But before Cross can make any headway, a wave of murders erupts across the city. The victims have one thing in common – they are all criminals.
The only thing more dangerous than a murderer without a conscience is a killer with justice on his side.