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Head Over Heel: Seduced by Southern Italy by Chris Harrison

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Wet bride, lucky bride

A deafening thunderbolt shook me awake, the precursor to a downpour which compensated for three months of aridity in one brief morning—the morning of my wedding. Unable to believe my ears, I dashed to the trembling French windows, where I found Daniela and my parents unable to believe their eyes, staring into the gloom that was usually a picture postcard.

I hugged the bride-to-be whose face resembled the weather. ‘It’s probably just a—BANG—morning storm, my love,’ I said unconvincingly. ‘It’ll probably all be—RUMBLE—over in a few minutes.’ My parents tried similar platitudes but it was impossible to comfort Daniela, who heard gossip rather than thunder. Town tongues would have a field day: a non-religious wedding on a ...

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