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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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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