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The House at Zaronza


  • Vanessa Couchman


  • Historical
  • Contemporary Women
  • Women's Fiction
  • Romance
"...powerfully written and gripping."
~ French Village Diaries

"...not only an excellent historical fiction read, but also a revealing glimpse into the evolution of women’s rights..."
~ The Good Life France

"...hooked me right to the end... I would highly recommend this book."
~ Book Muse

"She writes with a pleasing balance of description and dialogue, lingering on the fine details that make this sort of novel such a joy to read,..."
~ French Property News

"“Beautifully written, evocative of this small island. A lovely book.”
~ Tripfiction


The past uncovered.

Rachel Swift travels to Corsica to discover more about her forebears. She comes across a series of passionate love letters and delves into their history.

The story unfolds of a secret romance at the start of the 20th century between a village schoolteacher and Maria, the daughter of a bourgeois family. Maria’s parents have other plans for her future, though, and she sees her dreams crumble.

Her life is played out against the backdrop of Corsica, the ‘island of beauty’, and the turmoil of World War I.

This is a story about love, loss and reconciliation in a strict patriarchal society, whose values are challenged as the world changes.

Love gained and lost.