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The Battle of the Villa Fiorita (1963)

by Rumer Godden

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I made the mistake of reading a reader's review, which gave away enough of the ending that I'm giving the book away. It's probably worth reading, so I won't make any comments.
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The hedges of scented whitethorn on either side of the villa gates had the longest fiercest thorns they had ever seen.
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Rumer Godden demonstrates her remarkable ability to articulate the inner lives of children and how they invariably conflict with the adult world, in The Battle of the Villa Fiorita. Set in contemporary Italy, the novel tells of two British children who travel on their own to the Villa on Lake Garda, planning to win back their mother, Fanny, from her new life with her lover Rob. There they team up with Rob's young daughter in their nonstop efforts to break up the couple.
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