Tragedy sends troubled film star Vivien Lockhart into the arms of Giovanni Moretti—and it seems her fortunes have finally changed. Until she meets his sister and learns that her new husband’s past holds dark secrets…
Tuscany, Present day:
Lucy Whittaker needs to disappear. But her new home, the crumbling Castillo Barbarossa, is far from the secluded paradise it seemed. Strange sounds come from the attic. The owner of the house will never meet her in person.
The fountain in the courtyard is silent—but has never run dry.
Across the decades, Vivien and Lucy find themselves trapped in the idyllic Italian villa.
And if they are ever to truly escape its walls, they must first unearth its secrets…
Victoria Fox has produced an intense and complicated story with The Silent Fountain, I was consumed and completely absorbed from page one with this story of women who have been devastated and forever altered by circumstances out of their control.
Vivien Lockhart was a Hollywood movie star in the late 70’s before she gave it all up for her Husband and moved to Italy with him and his Sister. Unfortunately his Sister systematically destroyed her life and she is still paying the price almost forty years later.
Lucy Whittaker fell in love, but is now paying the price for that love as paparazzi chase her and the British public condemn her. She arrives at Vivien’s home in Tuscany looking for a job, peace, quiet and an escape from everything which is haunting her. Unfortunately Vivien’s ghosts appear to want to haunt her aswell.
This book is so cleverly written, for most of the novel Lucy and Vivien have no interaction at all yet their lives are completely interwoven. There are flashbacks telling us Viviens story from her teenage years living at home with her parent’s through to the most devastating moment of her life in Tuscany.
Lucy reveals her story to us through her own dialogue, and her dialogue with others. The stories of both women are deeply moving, riveting and leave you heartbroken, sometimes wondering if they are getting what they deserve and other times thinking that the world is a cruel cruel place.
I couldn’t work out what type of book I was reading, was it chick-lit, women’s fiction, a mystery, a ghost story, a romance? Honestly I think it was a bit of all of these and more, it was beautifully planned, written and executed. Victoria Fox has outdone herself with The Silent Fountain and I highly recommend it to everyone regardless of their genre of choice.
A huge thanks to Victoria Fox and HQ for the eARC in return for my honest review.
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Title: The Silent Fountain
Author: Victoria Fox
Genre: Chick-Lit | Romance | Mystery | Women’s Fiction | Suspense
Publication Date: 9 March 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback | Audio
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