Wednesday, June 26, 2024



London, 1940; Margaret lived in London and worked in a shop that was destroyed in a bombing.  She decided to relocate the country and take a job as a Lady’s maid.  She works for Lady Violet at Gatley Manor.  The year is now 2015 and Claire has a new job as researcher at a beautiful house in the country.  She is brokenhearted and welcomes the fresh start and new beginning.  While working at the house, she finds an old tattered letter buried in the back of a drawer.  It told the story of Lady Violet who had a daughter Tabitha.  Claire was enthralled by the letter, and promised to find Tabitha.  She travels to Florence, Italy the last known place for Tabitha.  But, once Tabitha was  found, it wasn’t what Claire had expected.

The Florence Letter written by author Anita Chapman was a captivating dual timeline story.  Chapman amazingly wove together the past and the present, keeping my attention from cover to cover.  I was completely entranced by the storyline, while rapidly flipping the pages to the very end.  I enjoyed the characters and Claire was my favorite.  She was determined to find Tabitha even though she was dealing with her own heartbreak.  This was a wonderful story and I loved the detailed description of Florence.  If you’re ready to go to Italy, this is the perfect story to transport you there.  I highly recommend this book.



Rating: 5 out of 
Author: Anita Chapman

Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: June 24, 2024 
Pages: 343 
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Looking out over the twinkling city lights of Florence, Claire thinks of the letter that has brought her here. Written by a woman who escaped the Blitz, it holds a secret kept for a lifetime… but can Claire make the woman’s dying wish come true?

arrives at her new job as researcher at a grand English country house, nursing a broken heart. But tucked into the back of a long-forgotten drawer she finds a letter written in an elegant hand. It tells of a wartime secret about the beautiful Lady Violet – whose passionate affair with an Italian prisoner of war scandalised the village and ended in tragedy.

Captivated, Claire promises to find Violet’s daughter, 
Tabitha, and reunite her with a priceless piece of her mother’s jewellery. With only the name of an Italian bakery, Pasticceria Mancini, to guide her, and the help of her handsome neighbour Jim, Claire travels to Tabitha’s last known location – Florence.

Winding through the colourful streets, the sun warm on her bare shoulders, a tantalising scent of freshly baked bread floats on the air and Claire’s heart leaps at the sight of an ageing bakery sign: 
Mancini. Although she learns that Tabitha hasn’t been there for many years, Claire refuses to give up. And as she and Jim talk late into the night over glasses of local chianti, Claire looks into his piercing blue eyes and finds herself growing closer to him…

But when they finally track Tabitha down, it isn’t the happy reunion she expected and Claire is 
left reeling in the wake of discovering a devastating family secret.

Violet’s story has an ending – but will the truth lead to forgiveness, or will it only bring more pain?
 And will Claire be forced to walk away from a chance of happiness with Jim at last?


Anita likes to read journals and diaries from the past, and one of her favourite pastimes is visiting art galleries and country houses. Her first published novel, The Venice Secret, is inspired by her mother taking her to see the Canalettos at The National Gallery in London as a child.

The Venice Secret was published in March 2023 and spent six weeks in the overall Amazon UK Kindle Top 100, reaching number thirty-eight. The Venice Secret has had over four million Kindle Unlimited pages read and received more than 3000 Amazon reviews since publication.

Since 2015, Anita has worked as a social media manager, training authors on social media, and helping to promote their books. She’s run several courses in London and York, and has worked as a tutor at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College.

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