Costanza Safamita, daughter of Baron Domenico Safamita, is an unusual child. Her adoring father makes her sole heir to the Safamita fortune. Then, she falls in love with a marchese. This book features The Marchesa's story which offers an unprecedented woman's perspective on the hypocrisy of Sicilian aristocracy during a dramatic time in history.
Simonetta Agnello Hornby was born in Palermo, Sicily, and has lived in London for thirty years, where she works as a lawyer for children. Her first novel, The Almond Picker, was a bestseller in Italy and has been published in twelve languages.