The Book

A love Like Hell

A love Like Hell


A Love Like Hell

In the small southern Italian town of Castelmauro, a girl dies in the wild flames of a valley fire. But these flames are not so wild and uncontrolled. They have been plotted, with a plan to kill. To seek revenge.

In this backward community, gossip travels like the grapevines in the valleys, and soon the word of murder is on the lips of everyone.

Months later, Domenico Fango is charged and jailed for the murder of his best friend and lover, Chiara. As he waits out each new day in his small prison cell, he recalls the hot summer leading to Chiara’s death. A summer where secrets corrupted love, leading to irreparable consequences.

Domenico is convinced he is not guilty. It was that man. But as time passes, he questions his convictions. Was everything he was taught to believe really true?

How much more complicated than love could murder be?


The Author

Francesca Fratamico lives in Chichester and works in the hospitality industry. A Love Like Hell is her third book and the last in The Adriatic Trilogy, following Emeralds Among the Sand (2021) and Veils of Smoke (2022), both published by The Book Guild. 

Francesca says, “This book is last book in The Adriatic Trilogy, and it is based in the town, Castelmauro, where my dad grew up. I wanted to draw heavily on his memories, whilst writing truthfully about local customs and society. The sections of the book based around the vineyard and farmland are written from the memories I have of my Nonno working his own land in the valley next to Castelmauro. The fire element was inspired by one summer where we drove past a massive field which was on fire, as farmers do this to burn the previous years unused harvest, which is illegal in Italy, due to the damage it can cause.

Our View

A rethink on the traditional romance that can only be described as a 'contempory' romance, the third novel in the trio that cleverly bring the saga to its conclusion perfect and if you haven't read the other two do so before reading A Love Like Hell

RELEASE DATE:  28/07/2023      ISBN: 9781915603890     Price: £9.99

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