Christina here and today I'm delighted to have Sue Moorcroft as my guest.
Welcome back to the Word Wenches, Sue, it’s such a pleasure to have you here again!
Thank you very much for inviting me. I always enjoy the Word Wenches’ wonderful blog.
You have a new book out tomorrow, An Italian Island Summer, which I absolutely loved! Tell us a little bit about it, please.
Thank you! It’s set in Sicily, mainly on Ortigia, the old city of Siracusa, joined to the main city by two bridges. It’s a gorgeous place, with ruins such as Apollo’s Temple alongside the daily market. Ursula needs a fresh start, and via the mischievous meddling of her bonkers uncle Gerry, secures a morning job in a family-owned hotel to leave her afternoons free to study ceramic art. It’s quite a change from being a tattoo artist in Brighton, but after a drug assault in a nightclub that left her with trust issues, she’s keen to leave behind that life – and her ex-husband Stephan. She settles in at Residenza dei Tringali with Agata, Nanda and baby Marilù, until the son of the household, Alfio, returns home to help his family – only to find Ursula filling the role he’d seen for himself and even ensconced in the room he’d assumed he’d occupy.
Distrust soon turns to desire, but just when their affair is at its height … secrets of the past burst out to threaten their future.