The House of the Wind by Titania Hardie
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The internationally bestselling author of The Rose Labyrinth returns with a love story of magic and healing that takes readers from the heartache of a young human rights lawyer in present-day San Francisco to the lives of a courageous trio of women in medieval Tuscany.

A legendary ruin. An ancient mystery. Will unveiling the past transform the future? 

San Francisco, 2007. Madeline Moretti is grieving after her fiancé's death. 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 seeks refuge in their villa. Accustomed 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.
 

About Titania Hardie

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Born and educated in Sydney, Australia, Titania Hardie is the author of the international bestselling novel, The Rose Labyrinth, as well as a range of distinctive books on folklore, magic, and divination. She has first-class honors degrees in Psychology and English and was awarded the prestigious Chatterton scholarship for post-graduate study at Bristol University, where she completed her M.A. on the Romantic poets. Titania lives in Somerset with her husband and two daughters.
 
Published March 6, 2012 by Atria Books. 484 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Signs and portents, relics, histories, religious debates, lawsuits and voyages of personal discovery cram the convoluted, overextended pair of narrations linked by 21st-century American Madeline Moretti, whose life suddenly shifts tracks and sends her on a journey to an Italian inn, the site wher...

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Lost in grief, Maddie travels, at her grandmother’s suggestion, to the family’s native Italy and there, in a villa in Tuscany, she finds a group of people whose willingness to help her out of her despair seems almost otherworldly.

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Her mother is no longer alive (Hardie tells us the gruesome details later on in the book) and Mia is now mute.

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