I found the perfect setting for a story when I visited Italy with my choir, The Lassus Scholars, in 2012. There, we sang in a seminary nestled in the Italian hills – a beautiful yet somehow mysterious place, full of history.

It was inspiring and before I knew it characters and storylines were flooding into my mind.

Levi’s Gift tells the story of Lena and her daughter Mattie who has just given birth to a stillborn son. Following Mattie’s spiral into depression, Lena takes her from their home in America to Italy in an attempt to rescue her and rekindle in her the sense of family and identity she lost after the death of her child. But this requires Lena to reveal what she experienced as a young woman in Italy – the love she has secretly treasured all her life.

This book is about forbidden love, loss and, above all, a mother and daughter encountering the past together in a desperate attempt to find a future.

See link to the official cover reveal here .