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  1. The Invitation
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  2. The Invitation

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An evocative love story set along the Italian Riviera about a group of charismatic stars who all have secrets and pasts they try desperately--and dangerously--to hide.

Rome, 1953: Hal, an itinerant journalist flailing in the post-war darkness, has come to the Eternal City to lose himself and to seek absolution for the thing that haunts him. One evening he finds himself on the steps of a palazzo, walking into a world of privilege and light. Here, on a rooftop above the city, he meets the mysterious Stella. Hal and Stella are from different worlds, but their connection is magnetic. Together, they escape the crowded party and imagine a different life, even if it's just for a night. Yet Stella vanishes all too quickly, and Hal is certain their paths won't cross again.

But a year later they are unexpectedly thrown together, after Hal receives an invitation he cannot resist. An Italian Contessa asks him to assist on a trip of a lifetime--acting as a reporter on a tremendous yacht, skimming its way along the Italian coast toward Cannes film festival, the most famous artists and movie stars of the day gathered to promote a new film.

Of all the luminaries aboard--an Italian ingenue, an American star, a reclusive director--only one holds Hal in thrall: Stella. And while each has a past that belies the gilded surface, Stella has the most to hide. As Hal's obsession with Stella grows, he becomes determined to bring back the girl she once was, the girl who's been confined to history.

An irresistibly entertaining and atmospheric novel set in some of the world's most glamorous locales, THE INVITATION is a sultry love story about the ways in which the secrets of the past stay with us--no matter how much we try to escape them.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

This is by far one of the loveliest novels I've ever read. I am always intrigued when details involving much earlier years are involved. I am captivated by novels that take me places - especially abroad - where I've never been. All characters in this story are fascinating. Throughout it all, however, was the author's writing style. I am a huge 'highlighter' of passages - this novel may just have had the highest number yet. Sometimes finding the right words for my reviews is difficult - especially when some of the reviews by other authors took words out of my mouth. I can only come up with mere words like evocative, exquisite, sultry, alluring, sensual, heartwrenching - and many of the words pertain not just to the deep feelings of the two main characters, but to the atmosphere and geography. I share but a few of my favorite passages to hopefully convey the 'feeling' of this exquisite story:

Hal can make out a vivid strip of houses, each painted a different colour: ochre,... Read more
Very engaging, well-written characters and good historical content from the 1930s to 50s. The writing could use a little polish or better editing (lots of word repetition in a short space of text, for example), but I enjoyed the book a lot.
This is a well-written, intriguing book that captivated me from beginning to end. The characters are well drawn and fascinating. They are complex and very human. The story keeps you guessing and is mysterious, full of tragedy and redemption. Well worth the time.
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