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The Rome Affair
The Rome Affair

The Rome Affair


480 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $13.95 (US $13.95)

Publication Date: July 2018

ISBN 9781509838028

Rights: US

Pan Macmillan (Jul 2018)
Pan Books

Price: $13.95


The glamorous capital city of Italy is brought to startling life in a compelling summer novel by Karen Swan

1974 and Elena Damiani lives a gilded life. Born to wealth and a noted beauty, no door is closed to her, no man can resist her. At 26, she is already onto her third husband when she meets her love match. But he is the one man she can never have, and all the beauty and money in the world can't change it. 2017 and Francesca Hackett is living la dolce vita in Rome, leading tourist groups around the Eternal City and forgetting the ghosts she left behind in London. When she finds a stolen designer handbag and returns it, she is brought into the orbit of her grand neighbor who lives across the piazza—famed socialite Viscontessa Elena dei Damiani Pignatelli della Mirandola. Though the purse is stolen, Elena greets the return of the bag with exultation for it contains an unopened letter written by her husband on his deathbed, 12 years earlier. Mutually intrigued by each other, the two women agree to collaborate on a project, with Cesca interviewing Elena for her memoirs. As summer unfurls, Elena tells her sensational stories, leaving Cesca in her thrall. But when a priceless diamond ring found in an ancient tunnel below the city streets is ascribed to Elena, Cesca begins to suspect a shocking secret at the heart of Elena's life.


"The Paris Secret had me from the moment I started reading." —Diane Chamberlain, author, on The Paris Secret

"A stunning journey." —Sunday Express on The Paris Secret

"Pure escapism at its best." —Candis

"A fabulous book . . . perfect to read with a nice glass of Posecco this summer." —

"There is passion and glamour aplenty for romance fans but there is also humour, intrigue, high emotion, gripping twists and turns, and the dark, disturbing shadows that have become a trademark of Swan's exciting writing." —Lancashire Post

"Simply an addictive read . . . Highly recommended!" —Onmybookshelf

"Glittering jewels, designer labels galore and the most mouth-watering pizza in Rome make this a satisfying summer beach read." —Daily Express

Author Biography

Karen Swan is the author of Christmas at Tiffany's and The Christmas Secret.