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Publisher's Summary

Set against a memorable backdrop of Lucinda Riley's trademark evocative locations, The Italian Girl unfolds into a poignant and unforgettable tale of love, betrayal and self-discovery.

Nothing sings as sweetly as love, or burns quite like betrayal.

Rosanna Menici is just a girl when she meets Roberto Rossini, the man who will change her life. In the years to come, their destinies are bound together by their extraordinary talents as opera singers and by their enduring but obsessive love for each other - a love that will ultimately affect the lives of all those closest to them. For, as Rosanna slowly discovers, their union is haunted by irreversible events from the past....

Rosanna's journey takes her from humble beginnings in the back streets of Naples to the glittering stages of the world's most prestigious opera houses. 

First published as Aria under the name Lucinda Edmonds, now extensively rewritten.

©2020 Lucinda Riley (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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My first Lucinda Riley audio book

I love Lucinda Riley’s books. This is the first audio version I have read. The narrators accents (American and Italian) are a little annoying, but if you can get past that then it’s a captivating book. Not my favourite story of hers but still excellent and I was unable to “put it down”.

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Recommend you read this one!

I really enjoyed the story but the narration almost spoilt it: mistakes in which voice to use for which text occasionally and I didn't enjoy the tone of the narrator. I see this is an early book from Lucinda which may explain the predictable conversations between characters. She has clearly matured.

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Slow/but

Found it a little slow, nearly gave up. I stay with it then thoroughly enjoyed it. it was up to the standed of her other books. enjoyed the storyline and great narration. pleased I stayed with it. listened to it in just over 2,1/2 days.

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Loved it!

Another amazing story from Lucinda Reily. Takes you through all the feelings of loving and hating characters but with a great story that flows well.

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Something a bit different

Whilst I enjoyed the story with it's various twists, I found the narration painful to listen to.
The voice would have been fine without the addition of the "Italian" accent peppered throughout. the word Mama totally got on my nerves and ruined what would otherwise have been a gripping book to listen to.

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Brilliant

I have become a huge fan of Lucinda, since listening to the first book some weeks ago. I was captivated right from the start, and that continued through the whole book. A beautiful story, and one I shall never forget.

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Loved it!

Could not stop listening. Great narration too. Highly recommend this book. will be looking for another from Lucinda Riley.

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Amazing narration

Lovely story
Narrator is amazing.
Satisfying story. Will do another Lucinda Riley now!!!
She is a great writer

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loved the book

Loved it..Well written and narrated. Great when Rosanna moved on and Lucca and Abby moved on...

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Stunning moving wonderful Story !!

Absolutely loved the spell binding tale of love , family and friendship! The twists and turns kept me guessing all the way through! can't recommend highly enough !!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-06-2021

Moving story

It is not often you read a story that makes you think about what it is to love so greatly you lose yourself . Simply not true right! But sometimes when you look at what that looks like after stepping back you don’t grow weaker from it but stronger. I love how Lucinda layers her story so your getting multiple stories that all merge together with a beautiful ending. Will miss this beautiful lady and her extraordinary writing. Rest In Peace Lucinda Riley

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  • norma
  • 22-04-2021

Outstanding!!!

This is one of the best books I’ve listen to in a long time! It was well written and the narration was well done. I always considered Ms Riley’s “The Midnight Rose “ as her best book; this one was just as good.

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  • Deborah
  • 24-03-2021

Wonderful story and narration

This book has wonderful characters and a storyline that spans decades. I’m a huge fan of Lucinda Riley and it’s wonderful to have her older work freshened up and audio recorded. The narration is superb and brings the wonderful characters to life!

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  • Theresa M.
  • 23-05-2022

A heartfelt romantic story

I enjoyed the narrator and very true to Lucinda Riley it tells the story of a epic love story with its twists and turns.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-2022

Drawn out, lacking that special something

The book began with promise, but eventually just became to drawn out and predictable. The author lacked that special something. Not very discriptive and main character tended to just annoy me.

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  • Rena Benor
  • 17-01-2022

very romantic!

i truly loved it! the voices are phenomenal! it's a story you can't put down!

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  • Carol C.
  • 27-11-2021

EXCELLENT !!!!!!!!!

This is one of the best books that I have ever listen to,
It had a wonderful plot with many ups and downs.
Lucida Riley developed th plot and characters with precision and skill.
I think this is her finest book.
The narrator was incredible.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.









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  • Allison Besselieu
  • 22-10-2021

Gorgeous and captivating story - cannot say enough!!

One of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to! This was a powerful, emotionally rich and gripping story of love, family, and music. I listened to Riley’s “Seven Sisters” series and loved it, as well, but this has been my favorite of all her books. Each character was so well-developed. If you like family sagas, travel, music, and love stories, do not miss this one!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-10-2021

The Italian Girl by Lucinda Riely

I loved the book. Yet another excellent example of Lucinda Riely's writing. Highly recommended reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-2021

Very boring

Very boring book with no substance. Obsession of a girl with a narcissist man. The performance was fine but story was absolutely boring

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-2021

brilliant read

really enjoyed it. would definitely recommend it to friends can't wait to get more books by Lucinda Riley

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  • Dottie
  • 27-03-2021

Another amazing book by Lucinda Riley

I really enjoyed this book from the beginning with its many twists and turns. I wanted to keep listening to find out what would happen to the characters. Well written & beautifully read

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  • Vera Jardine
  • 23-02-2021

One of the best books I’ve listened to

Lucinda Riley is a brilliant story teller. I enjoyed every part of this book. I found it difficult not to listen to it all in one go!

Yolanda kettle is an excellent narrator, and so enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-2021

Magnificent

This is an amazing book. I felt as though I had lived in this story. So well written and narrated.
A beautiful love story and I learnt so much about opera too, Lucinder’s stories are fabulous. Thank you.

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  • Pamela Dear
  • 29-01-2021

Yet another wonderful book

So Totally spellbinding.Emotional to the end.a-wonderful story and the characters so well described.Thank you.

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  • Vale
  • 23-06-2022

Italian Girl

Just too predictable- awful reader and not my type of RIDICULOUS story . Would not recommend.

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  • Irish Cailín
  • 31-05-2022

My Favourite Author

What can I say? This is one of the best novels I have read/listened to in a very long time. Lucinda Riley's talent for storytelling will life on forever. I will miss her novels. R.I.P.

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  • Helena
  • 30-05-2022

very predictable storyline.

found the writing very amateurish and basic . which was very irritating. storyline was o.k.

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  • Cazzie Harris
  • 20-03-2022

Spoilt by English narrator

Lovely story really enjoyed it
Should have been narrated by someone with an Italian accent
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  • karen jakes
  • 08-03-2022

a other great story

narration of this beautiful story was superb. well written from my favourite author. more please.

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