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The Chestnut House By Anna Valencia

Anna Valencia wrote The Chestnut House while living in Montaltissimo, Molazzana in 2019 and 2020, inspired by the local area and it’s history. Part of the action in the book also takes place in Barga.

It’s a dual time historical fiction novel, available on online bookstores and from the publisher – The Book Guild.

Two women, separated by two generations and continents, both trapped in their grief and unable to move forwards.


 

 

Upon inheriting Stazzana, a crumbling farmhouse in the wilderness of northern Tuscany, Emma flies out to Italy in the hopes that unravelling the truth of the past will heal her present.

Such a beautifully constructed story; the characters draw you in immediately and I felt like I was experiencing their life with them. A page turner of a novel, would highly recommended. Anna’s use of language to paint such vivid pictures of happiness, torment and resilience is breath taking.- Gabrielle Davis

Local retired farmer Luciano befriends them and finds a new lease of life introducing them to the traditions and wildlife of the mountains, but he has his own secret to harbour, his own need for redemption. His sister, Giuliana, left Italy in 1945, and has spent her life running from the past. The past that Emma now seeks.

Can the truth of what happened at Stazzana set them both free?

Anna Valencia – Despite graduating in Philosophy and French, it is Italian that truly speaks to Anna Valencia. Her passion has seen the writer live in Rome, Milan, and Tuscany. She currently resides with her husband and three children on the family farm in the Dartmoor National Park, Devon, England. Between teaching English to Italian students, she is currently writing her second novel. Her debut, The Chestnut House, is directly inspired by Anna’s farm in the Tuscan village of Montaltissimo, and the local history generously shared by her neighbours there.

“It is a rare thing when a novel is published which combines themes ranging from historical accounts to personal experiences to descriptions of local places, traditions and events. Anna Valencia’s ‘The Chestnut House’ is this very special kind of novel. It may be read principally as a work which interlaces the stories of various characters who are related to a specific area of Lucca province, the ‘Garfagnana’, that semi ‘wild-west’ part of Tuscany which, with its marble mountains, all-encompassing forests haunted by wolf-packs and isolated villages only quite recently connected by tarmac to the outside world, makes such a startling contrast to the touristic view of Tuscany as a land of rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and rows of cypresses where one sips endless supplies of Chianti. I especially recommend ‘The Chestnut House’ to all readers who love Italy, Lucca province and, in particular, the Garfagnana, whether, they are interested in the history of the area, whether they want to discover its traditions and cuisine, or whether they just want to read an engrossing and very moving story involving love and death, misplacement and self-realization, hindrance and encouragement.” Francis, Tuscany

The Chestnut House can be bought on line here  and the KINDLE edition can be bought here