K.S. Hansen Blends History and Mystery in New Novel

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Heroine discovers harrowing secret of Italian villa in ‘The House on Lake Maggiore’.

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The rich history of Lake Maggiore goes back centuries, and there are reminders everywhere.

Italy’s Lake Maggiore has been inspiring writers for generations. Ernest Hemingway’s Frederic Henry rowed across the lake to escape the Italian Carabinieri in “A Farewell To Arms.” Lake Maggiore now sets the scene for K.S. Hansen’s new novel, “The House on Lake Maggiore” (published by iUniverse), the story of a villa nestled in the hills of Lake Maggiore and the woman who discovers its terrible secret.

“The rich history of Lake Maggiore goes back centuries, and there are reminders everywhere,” says Hansen. “The opulence of life in the time when these homes were in their prime surpasses the lifestyles and economics of today’s world, so they sit idle and crumble with time.”

When Diana, an American interior designer and widow, lays eyes on a dilapidated villa on Lake Maggiore, she is entranced. With the help of a financier, Bjorn, Diana buys the villa and begins renovations. Just as she begins to breathe new life into herself and the villa, its evil and tragic history begins to surface, turning Diana’s fantasy into a nightmare. As the layers of the past begin to fold back, Diana is pulled deeper and deeper into the house’s painful past and discovers a secret that was never meant to be found.

Hansen’s extensive research and knowledge of the area show themselves in the prose and plot. Readers will follow Diana as her investigation takes her back to the traumatic events of World War II.

“The story has many mysterious twists,” writes Hansen, “and hopefully the reader will be as curious as the characters in wanting to find answers about the people and history of the villa. I believe learning how people dealt with living in catastrophic periods, is how we really learn about history.”

“The House on Lake Maggiore”
By K. S. Hansen
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 254 pages | ISBN 9781475998603
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 254 pages | ISBN 9781475998597
E-Book | 254 pages | ISBN 9781475998610
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

K. S. Hansen’s inspiration comes from historical research and travel. She spent over 30 years as a business and technical writer and now focuses on creative writing. Originally from Michigan, she now makes her home in San Diego. Other published works include “Katherine’s Story,” “Earth Walk” and “Sarah’s Child.”

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