Three Gold Coins by Josephine Moon, bestselling author of The Tea Chest, is the story of two families, both haunted by secrets and conflicts.
Lara Foxleigh leaves her family and home in Brisbane to travel in Italy. While in Rome she visits the Trevi Fountain, where, following the local tradition, she throws three gold coins into the splashing water.
“One coin for love, one for marriage and one to return to Rome.”
When she goes to the aid of an elderly man sitting nearby, she finds herself offering to drive him home to his villa in Tuscany. Despite Samuel’s hostility regarding her help, she stays on to care for him and his two, beloved goats.
Lara soon learns new skills in goat husbandry and the making of both cheese and pasta from scratch. And, in the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, she finds the tranquillity she has sought for years.
But, will the secrets of her past destroy her new found love of life and will she be able to reconcile Samuel with his estranged family?
Moon’s authentic, detailed descriptions of the Tuscan countryside and the preparation of food featured in the novel delight the senses. They provide much-needed periods of joy and respite for the reader in an otherwise traumatic journey through years of disrupted lives and loss.
Three Gold Coins is available from your favourite bookshop in paperback.
About Josephine Moon
Josephine Moon’s first novel, The Tea Chest (2014), delighted readers with its strong heroine and enchanting story and was a bestseller both in Australia and overseas. Her second novel, The Chocolate Promise (2015), was a love-story with a difference set in luscious Provence and rural Tasmania and was also a bestseller. The Beekeeper’s Secret (2016), a story of family and the happiness, guilt and grief that can lie within them, was her third novel.
Josephine lives with her husband, son and her horses, dogs, chickens, goats and cats on acreage in the Noosa hinterland of Queensland.