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Alexandra Brown

  • Original Title: A POSTCARD FROM ITALY
  • Publication date: July 2019
  • Publisher: Harper Fiction
  • Country: GB
  • 384 print pages
  • Drama


  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: Italy, United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, Intergenerational, Maternity, Family secrets, Filiation, PEOPLE facing life, Life choice, Initiation journey, Life change, Looking back on one's life, Search for the truth, Double identity, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge


Grace is a carer for her mother, Cora, and works at a storage company, where her job often includes finding treasure customers leave behind. When she finds artworks, letters and journals from a woman named Connie Donato, Grace is caught up in the mystery of Connie’s life and loves. Even more so when her employers send her all the way to Italy with their American nephew, Ellis, to find the truth.


Translation rights sold: Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Etonia, Israel

The book was in the Amazon Top 100 Kindle chart for 20 weeks after publication.

Alex Brown is the No.1 bestselling author of eleven books including the hugely popular CARRINGTON’S series, THE GREAT CHRISTMAS KNIT OFF, THE GREAT VILLAGE SHOW, THE SECRET OF ORCHARD COTTAGE and A POSTCARD FROM ITALY. Her uplifting books are published worldwide and have been translated into seven languages.


Grace Quinn loves her job at Cohen’s Convenient Storage Company, finding occasional treasure in the forgotten units that customers have abandoned. Her inquisitive nature is piqued when a valuable art collection and a bundle of letters and diaries are found that date back to the 1930’s.

Delving deeper, Grace uncovers the story of a young English woman, Connie Levine, who follows her heart to Italy at the end of the Second World war. The contents also offer up the hope of a new beginning for Grace, battling a broken heart and caring for her controlling mother.

Embarking on her own voyage of discovery, Grace’s search takes her to a powder pink villa on the cliff tops overlooking the Italian Riviera, but will she unravel the family secrets and betrayals that Connie tried so hard to overcome, and find love for herself?

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