A Family in Full

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Steeple Hill, Oct 1, 2007 - Fiction - 256 pages
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In the picture-perfect seaside village of Lady Helen, South Africa, Monica Brunetti has the life of her dreams—two adopted sons, fulfilling work, loyal friends and a special closeness with her former housekeeper, Francina. What's more, she's in love.

Then everything comes tumbling down. Monica's happiness is destroyed by a young girl's resentment. Francina, too, is plunged into grief. And a series of crimes rocks the village. Yet Monica must go on, as a mother and a journalist and a woman of faith—who believes, even in her darkest hour, that the risks of love are worth taking.
 

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This tepid follow-up to Del Fabbro's Christy Award-winning first novel,The Road to Home , continues the saga of journalist Monica Brunetti in South Africa. Having adopted the two sons of her deceased ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
24
Section 3
42
Section 4
59
Section 5
72
Section 6
82
Section 7
99
Section 8
121
Section 15
190
Section 16
201
Section 17
211
Section 18
223
Section 19
239
Section 20
249
Section 21
256
Section 22
264

Section 9
132
Section 10
149
Section 11
159
Section 12
166
Section 13
174
Section 14
183
Section 23
271
Section 24
282
Section 25
291
Section 26
301
Section 27
312
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About the author (2007)

Vanessa Del Fabbro was born in South Africa in 1968. After majoring in communications and English literature, she worked in print and radio journalism, and then spent a year in England before coming to the United States in 1995. She has lived in St Louis, Missouri, Montgomery, Alabama and now makes her home in Houston, Texas, with her husband and daughter.

Vanessa writes whenever she can find time, usually late at night or early in the morning when her daughter is asleep. She loves long walks, Florida Panhandle beaches in winter, botanical gardens, picnics, meeting people from different cultures, reading and dancing around the living room with her daughter. She misses her family in South Africa, the low-humidity days of her hometown, Johannesburg, and her countrymen's easy humor that mixes the local languages with unique flair, but, after a decade in the United States, she still feels as though she's on an adventure and has much more to discover. You can write to her at vanessadelfabbro@hotmail.com.

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