The Dangerously Truthful Diary of a Sicilian Housewife


An English woman takes on parenthood, the Mafia and a Sicilian mother-in-law, all at once

When career-girl Veronica flies to Sicily for a friend’s wedding, she accidentally falls in love with one of the groom’s three-hundred cousins. A year later she has given up her job, house and friends, and is planning her own wedding with her Latin Lover in the shimmering heat of Sicily.

She suspects her seaside dream-villa is being built by the Mafia when the stubbly foreman visits, brandishing a large hammer and demanding more money. In shock, she learns her Sicilian spleen-sandwich and prickly-pear cravings are because she is pregnant. Still reeling, Veronica is challenged to a duel fought with wooden spoons over who is the better woman, when her rosary-flailing mother-in-law starts checking her son’s vests are ironed and inspecting the toilet bowl for subtle skidmarks.

Can resourceful Veronica solve her problems by pitching one adversary against the other?

Join her on an unpredictable journey of hilarity, reckless driving and dangerously large portions of spaghetti in this almost true travel-novel, for people who need more belly-laughs.

“The diary is filled with biting wit, an astute knack for observation and a powerful sense of determination which makes it a joy to read. Di Grigoli’s strong personality comes out as she deftly sketches out the intricacies of life on the complex island of Sicily at the heart of the Mediterranean.”



“A laugh out loud book about my favourite Mediterranean island. Warmly recommended to all travellers to that Sicily. Just read this for the second time and enjoyed it even more for the author’s wit, her love of the people of the village and the island, and for her acute understanding of the reasons they are what they are. What makes a Sicilian? Ask Veronica, she’ll tell you.”



I bought a Kindle copy of this wonderful book… I sat down on the floor (next to the charger) and started reading… and reading… and laughing and laughing. I had to tear myself away in order to save some for my trip tomorrow but this is a gem of a book that reminds me, in all the very best ways, of one of my favourite traveling authors Gerald Durrell. Veronica Di Grigoli brings Sicily to hilarious and colourfully informative life – I’m only sorry that I’m not traveling there tomorrow! It’s very hard to write humor well, but she does it extraordinarily and effortlessly well.”



“…a wonderfully polished and hilarious laugh-out-loud-belly-laughing book and I cannot resist expressing my absolute delight! The Dangerously truthful diary of a Sicilian Housewife is set under the biting heat of the Sicilian sun and sirocco, deep in small town Sicily, far away from anything you can ever imagine.”



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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ann says:

    Both mother in law and I laughed out loud all the way through.

    1. VH says:

      Really glad you both enjoyed it! 😀

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