Season of storms / Susanna Kearsley.

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      Summary: In the 1920s, in an Italian villa called Il Piacere, the playwright Galeazzo D'Ascanio lived for his muse and mistress, Celia Sands. The night before she was to perform the leading role in his most original play, Celia disappeared. Now, 60 years later, his grandson is about to stage the play - and a promising young actress, named Celia is to star.
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      Originally published: New York : Jove Books, 2001.
      This edition based on the paperback edition published: London : Allison & Busby, 2010.
      Includes reading group guide.
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Booklist Reviews 2014 July #1

*Starred Review* Kearsley (The Firebird, 2013) seems to be channeling Mary Stewart or Victoria Holt in this mesmerizing modern gothic, originally published as a mass market paperback in 2001. Celia Sands, a 22-year-old struggling actress-waitress gets the break of a lifetime when she is offered the lead in a play by a famous Italian playwright written for the original Celia Sands, a famous actress who disappeared in 1921. It gives Celia the opportunity to work under the direction of Rupert, who practically raised her, and with Madeleine, the actress whose stellar performances inspired Celia to take up acting. The play is to be performed at Il Piacere, a palatial villa near a remote Italian lake at the behest of the playwright's grandson, Alex. As the company rehearses in the opulent but somewhat neglected and possibly haunted villa and grounds, mysterious, menacing men appear and disappear; a ghostly presence haunts Celia's dreams, in which she is always fleeing from danger; and threats are made by Alex's lover, who works for the trust that will soon be assuming ownership of Il Piacere. Adding to the charm of this suspenseful story are Alex's two greyhounds and Madeleine's 12-year-old daughter. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2014 July #2

First published in 2001, this lush novel of romantic suspense from Kearsley (The Splendour Falls) intertwines contemporary and historical narratives in northern Italy. In 1921, actress Celia Sands disappears for good just before opening night of the play written for her by her famous lover, Galeazzo D'Ascanio. Some 50 years later, the writer's wealthy grandson, Alessandro D'Ascanio, decides to produce the play in the same setting: the theater his grandfather built on the family estate, Il Piacere. He invites a struggling young British actress also named Celia Sands, in homage to the earlier performer, to play the lead. Celia arrives at Il Piacere to find that two of its servants have gone missing, her predecessor's ghost walks, and many of those around the estate—including D'Ascanio, to whom she's strongly attracted—conceal dark secrets. The rich historical mystery and brooding atmosphere more than compensate for the improbable, overly elaborate premise. Agent: Shawna McCarthy, Shawna McCarthy Agency. (Sept.)

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