An unforgettable novel about desperate wartime decisions and the enduring power of love.

About The Lost Gift to the Italian Island

An island under siege by the Nazis; a family separated by war; a baby carried off in the middle of the night; and a granddaughter determined to track down the grandmother who promised she'd return but never did…


About Barbara

A best-selling novelist with a background in newspaper reporting, Barbara Josselsohn loves crafting stories about protagonists facing a fork in the road. She is the author of seven novels and has also written hundreds of articles and essays in major and regional publications about family, home and relationships.

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Praise for Barbara

This book is... enchanting. Not only is the concept of the story phenomenal but the writing holds up to the weight and magic of the story… I cannot recommend it enough.

—Shelby F., Netgalley Reviewer
on Secrets of the Italian Island

Heart-wrenching and mysterious… my attention was fully grabbed. I became instantly immersed in the story.

—Tessa Talks Books
on The Secrets of the Italian Island

…memorable, heart-warming, enjoyable and thought-provoking…
I enjoyed the heck outta this story!

—Rubie Reads
on The Cranberry Inn

…this sweet small-town story deals with some serious issues but is ultimately uplifting. Sure to please fans of Jodi Picoult or Carolyn Brown and anyone who once enjoyed ballet lessons.

Library Journal
on The Lilac House

A perfect light-hearted summer read about love, family and relationships…
I loved it.

—Book Worm 86
on The Bluebells Girls

In this engaging debut novel, Josselsohn delves into the anxieties and insecurities of modern womanhood as well as the whims of a celebrity-obsessed culture.

—Kirkus Reviews
on The Last Dreamer

The Sisters of War Series


An epic, heart-wrenching tale based on a true story.

A sixteenth-century Italian castle left in ruins by the Nazis; three sisters torn apart by one long-ago mistake; a love story threatened by a decades-old accusation; and a granddaughter determined to learn the truth so she can defend her grandmother’s legacy and finally move forward with her life…

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