From the New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost comes a sweeping story of two star-crossed lovers in post-World War II Italy, and a blossoming relationship generations later that will reveal a long-buried family secret.
Genoa, Italy, 1946. Vincenzo and Giovanna fall in love at twenty-one the moment they set eyes on each other. The son of a count and the daughter of a tailor, they belong to opposing worlds. Despite this, the undeniable spark between them quickly burns into a deep and passionate relationship spent exploring each other’s minds, bodies and their city, as well as Vincenzo’s family’s sprawling vineyard, Villa Della Rosa—until shifts in political power force them each to choose a side and commit what the other believes is a betrayal, shattering the bright future they dreamed of together.
New York, 2017. Cassandra and Luca are in love. Although neither quite fits with the other's family, Cass and Luca have always felt like a perfect match for each other. But when Luca, an artist, convinces his grandfather and Cass’s grandmother to pose for a painting, past and present collide and reveal a secret that changes everything.
About the Author
Jill Santopolo is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Light We Lost, More Than Words, and Everything After. Her work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages. She received a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is also the author of three successful children's and young-adult series and works as the associate publisher of Philomel Books. Santopolo travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling. A New Yorker at heart, Santopolo is currently living in Washington, D.C.
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“Santopolo writes heartbreak like no other, and Stars in an Italian Sky is both masterful and unforgettable." —Emily Giffin, author of Meant to Be
"A shimmering love story for the ages….Stars in an Italian Sky is about the course of fate, the meaning of family and the power of love. Bellissima!" —Adriana Trigiani, author of The Good Left Undone
"A poignant tale of love, loss, class, and fate, brimming with the colorful spirit of Italy and infused with the hopefulness of true love written in the stars." —Kristin Harmel, author of The Book of Lost Names and The Winemaker’s Wife
"Sensual, heartfelt, and incredibly moving, Santopolo’s latest will bring you to tears." —Fiona Davis, author of The Magnolia Palace
"I was swept away….You’ll savor this story like fine wine!" —Lisa Scottoline, author of Loyalty
“Filled with longing and romance, this book is a love letter to the human heart, and a testimony to the timelessness of true and lasting love.” —Allison Pataki, author of The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post
"Santopolo skillfully weaves two love stories in which passionate and idealistic young couples contend with class differences, tension between their personal desires and familial obligations, and the ongoing ramifications of decisions made by earlier generations….Sure to tug at readers’ heartstrings." —Publishers Weekly
“A romantic, sweeping story that’s satisfying and heartbreaking at the same time.” —Kirkus Review
“A warm, poignant story of enduring love and loss….The perfect read for those who long to travel!” —Rhys Bowen, author of The Tuscan Child and The Venice Sketchbook “Powerful, emotional, and steeped in beauty and romance….Santopolo has written a sweeping story brimming with passion that will whisk you straight to an Italian vineyard.” —Ann Mah, author of The Lost Vintage and Jacqueline in Paris
“A testament to the power of art, of family and ultimately of love to endure across decades and continents—Stars in an Italian Sky is a beautifully written epic love story.” —Jillian Cantor, author of Beautiful Little Fools and In Another Time