Scottish writer Karen Campbell is the author of seven novels, most recently The Sound of the Hours, Rise and This is Where I Am, all published by Bloomsbury Circus. Her previous books include The Twilight Time, After the Fire, Shadowplay and Proof of Life - all Hodder & Stoughton.
Trapped in Tuscany as war splits her country apart, Vittoria Guidi is torn. Everything she has ever known is at risk. Does she side with her Scots-Italian father or Fascist mother? Choose Mussolini, or her King? Fight for the life she wants, or accept the one she lives?
As Germans occupy the mountains round Barga, and US Buffalo soldiers draw near, loyalties are tested and families torn apart. Frank Chapel, a young black soldier fighting for a country that refuses him the vote, is unlike anyone Vittoria has met. In the chaos, they find each other - but can their growing love defy prejudice and war?
The Sound of the Hours is a novel about identity, conflict and love, set during World War Two in Barga – Italy’s most Scottish town.