Frances Rivetti is an award-winning British American lifestyle journalist and author, based in Northern California. She has written four books — The House on Liberty Street, a finalist in the 2023 National Indie Excellence Awards, is her second novel.
Her non-fiction books: Fog Valley Crush — Love at First Bite and Fog Valley Winter — Pioneer Heritage, Backroad Rambles andVintage Recipes were followed by a first novel: Big Green Country, which won a Gold Medal for West Pacific Best Regional Fiction in the Independent Publishers Book Awards in 2020.
The author was born and raised in a small town in the East Anglian Fens in England. She trained as a provincial newspaper reporter in Cambridgeshire, UK before moving to the States in her twenties. Now a mother of three grown sons, she’s an avid wine country cook, coastal walker and backroad explorer.
Prairies Book Review – Fast-paced and suspenseful… A wild roller coaster of a story.
Rivetti explores family, relationships, adaptability, change, and acceptance in this immersive thriller. It’s Christmas Eve. With festive tables set and a roaring fire warming her Northern California Victorian house parlor, Adamaria is looking forward to celebrating a cozy Christmas with her daughter Gracie and the latter’s two little girls. When a stranger sneaks into the house in the early hours of Christmas morning, Adamaria finds her world turning upside down. Told in third-person omniscient perspective, the narrative is immersed in holiday spirit. With a keen sensitivity to familial relationships, Rivetti makes good use of her thrilling plot, keeping readers thoroughly invested. The pacing is swift, the prose crisp, and the characterization top-notch. A close-knit family, an adorable pup, deft use of foreshadowing, and a storyline that’s just complicated enough make this an immersive read. A winner.