A new book tells the amazing, emotional story of a long distance romance and the secret child of a young cafe worker in Scotland and an Italian prisoner-of-war during the Second World War.
Gloria Serafini worked in the cafe owned by her parents in Selkirk in Scotland in 1940. Meanwhile Ilio Orlandini was working on a farm in Tuscany, Italy. Neither knew anything about each other but World War 2 would change their lives completely.
Peter Laurie was the child born to Gloria and Ilio, a couple that met because of the war and were then separated by it. Peter decided to research his real father’s identity several years ago and with the help of an Italian with the same name as his father, he was successful.
Peter was 53 years old when he met his father for the first time. He travelled to the historic city of Lucca to meet Ilio Orlandini at the Hotel Celide.
They continued to meet every year and before Ilio died he gave Peter all the letters that he had received from Gloria years earlier.
Now Peter and his wife Barbara have published the letters, over 200, in a book Letters to Ilio from the Cafe de Luxe.
This is a great story with romance, happiness, sadness and tragedy during the difficult period of World War 2.
Read more about the book here: http://tinyurl.com/5r2tj6f