Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Just do the following:
1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
5. Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
But sheltered in moonlight in the doorway of an outbuilding, the girl – and only the girl – walked free! Free to escape into the storm, and to her lover. This ancient house and land, its near neighbour new and buttressed against the medieval ruin, has been known ever since as the Casa al Vento – the House of the Wind.
– page 2, The House of the Wind by Titania Hardy
“But if we could…?” the girl was almost thinking aloud. She looked at Jacquetta sympathetically. “Why does your daughter not speak, Signora, when she hears so perfectly?”
– page 46, The House of the Wind by Titania Hardy
A legendary ruin. An ancient mystery. Will unveiling the past transform the future?
San Francisco, 2007. Madeline Moretti is grieving for her fiancé. Nothing brings her joy any more, and Maddie’s grandmother, a fiery Italian, sends her to Tuscany to heal. Here, Maddie is immersed in the mystery of a ruined villa. Destroyed centuries ago in a legendary storm on the Eve of St Agnes, it has been known ever since as the Casa al Vento – the House of the Wind.
Tuscany, 1347. Mia hasn’t spoken since her mother’s death, and lives in silence with her beloved aunt. One dark night, a couple seek refuge in their villa. Used to welcoming passing pilgrims, Mia is entranced by the young bride’s radiance and compassion, but mystified by her reluctance to reveal even her name. Where has she come from, and why must her presence be a secret?
Centuries apart, each searching for a way to step into her future, both Mia and Maddie will be haunted by the myth of the young woman who walked unscathed from the ruins of the House of the Wind.
What I think of it so far:
I’m not very far in, hence the two teasers from very early on in the book, but I’m enjoying it so far. It’s a bit like Labyrinth by Kate Mosse for style, as it’s back and forth in time over two parallel stories and I’m enjoying the slow unravelling of the lives of two women – one in 1347, the other in 2007 – on completely different continents.