Stars, circles and crosses…

Thank you for joining me here throughout the year – for your wonderful interest in and support of my books and for sharing your own experiences and memories with me.

For me, the best part of writing is the connection when those words are read or heard and that magic happens of a story shifting from one mind to another. I love this also when you share your own stories with me. Grazie e auguri. xx

I understand all too well that this time of year can be one of joy, challenge or mixtures of both and my heart goes out to you all. Whatever your beliefs or experiences may be, I hope this time rests gently on you and that the coming year is a kind one.

Warmest wishes, baci e abbracci, Zoë 💙  x

* Pictured are painted tiles from the San Donato ceiling, 1615, in the village of Castelli, Abruzzo that lies on Gran Sasso, the highest mountain of the Apennines. The 17th century stars, circles, suns and crosses actually go back much further to ancient times in Italian folklore and are part of a little of the magic of the area that I’m hoping to write about in the coming year.


Filed under art + photographs, inspiration + history, italy

9 responses to “Stars, circles and crosses…

  1. Rosemary PENNISI

    Zoe thanks so much for your message. I just want to thank you so much for what you share with us all. You are a joy. Your books are wonderful to read, and I pray we will see more of your books to read.
    I want to wish you a Blessed Christmas and best wishes for 2023.
    Rosemary Pennisi

    • Thank you, Rosemary, really lovely to receive your kind words. And thank you for all your thoughtful messages throughout the year. I do hope I will have the opportunity to share more books with you in the future. Warmest wishes for a wonderful Christmas and much happiness in 2023. Auguri, Zoe xx


    Greetings from your third cousin in the USA.  Read and listened to your first two books and just ordered your third for Christmas. We share a second great grandfather.  My grandmother was Anna Lucia Boccabella, born in Fossa and emigrant to Pennsylvania, married Celestino DiMarco from Fossa. She was fierce in the best way and inspired me with her cooking and gardening.  Boccabella passions?! Congratulations on your accomplishments. I enjoy all of your posts. Christmas blessings to you and continued success.  Diana DiMarco

    • Hello Diana, really lovely to hear from you and how wonderful that we have the connection through Fossa. I do recall in the family tree that relatives emigrated to the USA, in particular Pennsylvania while others went to Australia and of course ‘Boccabella’ and ‘DiMarco’ are both names synonymous with Fossa (as is Celestino)! Thank you for your interest in my books, I’m truly thrilled to hear they have made their way to you. I love your description of you grandmother as ‘fierce in the best way’ and inspiring with her cooking and gardening. It seems to me this is very much in the women in our ancestry and I love that it is. I would be very interested to hear more about Anna Lucia if you’d be happy for me to contact you via email. Thank you again for your kind words, Buon Natale and warmest wishes for the year ahead. Baci, Zoe xx

  3. borgfibigpondcom

    Happy Christmas Zoe and all the very best of health and happiness for 2023. Do keep writing – I love your books.

    With love

    Irene Borg

    • Thank you, Irene, very much appreciated. (And I’ll do my best!) x Warmest wishes for much happiness and good health in the coming year – hope it is a wonderful one for you. Amore e abbracci! Zoe xx

  4. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. May the new year bring health and happiness. Ciao, Cristina

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