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The Resource Season of storms, Susanna Kearsley

Season of storms, Susanna Kearsley

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Season of storms
Title
Season of storms
Statement of responsibility
Susanna Kearsley
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Language
eng
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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LibraryReads Favorites, 2014
Review
  • /* 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. -- Tixier Herald, Diana (Reviewed 07-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 21)
  • Rendezvous Review: Celia Sands normally doesn't use that name, but it is her true name. Rupert, her "father," wants her to star in a play which will probably be his last. The play will be presented in Italy at the famous house that had belonged to Galeazzo D'Ascanio, self-proclaimed Prince of the Decadent Movement that had blossomed in Europe during the 1890's. Galeazzo had written the play for his mistress and her name was Celia Sands. She disappeared and no one seemed to know what happened to her. The contemporary Celia faces many trials while doing the play-one of which is that one of the co-stars hates her. Alex, Galeazzo's grandson, who now owns the house, shows an interest in Celia. However, someone is determined to keep them apart. Ms. Kearsley combines murder, spirits, conspiracy, and romance to bring us an intriguing story. Well done.(Reviewed September 2001 by Joyce Parrish)
  • Once again, Kearsley introduces you to a cast of characters who will quickly hold a special place in your heart. Celia and Alex mirror lovers from decades past, sharing similar secrets and passions. Flashbacks are woven seamlessly into the storyline, and the strong family component is handled beautifully, with surprising twists and turns. -- Marianne Colton, Lockport Public Library, Lockport, NY. (LibraryReads, September 2014)
  • 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.) --Staff (Reviewed July 14, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 28, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
008131
Cataloging source
HQD
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kearsley, Susanna
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9199.3.K4112
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Missing persons
  • Dramatists, Italian
  • Italy
Target audience
adult
Label
Season of storms, Susanna Kearsley
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Originally published: New York : Jove Books, 2001
  • This edition based on the paperback edition published: London : Allison & Busby, 2010
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
504 pages
Isbn
9781402258732
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 885302540
  • (OCoLC)885302540
Label
Season of storms, Susanna Kearsley
Publication
Note
  • Originally published: New York : Jove Books, 2001
  • This edition based on the paperback edition published: London : Allison & Busby, 2010
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
504 pages
Isbn
9781402258732
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 885302540
  • (OCoLC)885302540

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