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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-06-18
- Reviewer: Staff
Chiofalo’s debut tells the story of Valentina DeLuca, a young woman in Queens who is set to marry her childhood crush, Michael Carello. She and her mother run a faux-couture bridal shop in Astoria, but while Valentina’s life is all wedding gowns and lacy veils, she has yet to walk down the aisle. With her dream wedding in Venice just a few months away, her fiancé suddenly breaks off the engagement. Devastated, Valentina resolves to go to Venice on her own and see the city of her dreams. There she meets Stefano, a handsome tour guide with whom she has a whirlwind romance, and whose affections force Valentina to reconsider all she knows of love, forgiveness, and family. Chiofalo, a first-generation Italian-American whose parents emigrated from Sicily in the 1960s, brings the Italian immigrant community and neighborhoods richly to life. However, her Venetian romance is contrived—full of gondola rides, linen pants, and cold Prosecco—and supporting characters are thin. While the tale is charming, it has little substance to distinguish it from similar stories. (Sept.)
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Former lovers reunite in the latest Eternity Springs novel by Emily March, Nightingale Way. The home of journalist Cat Blackburn is firebombed after her latest piece hits a nerve. Cat’s ex-husband, CIA agent Jack Davenport, kidnaps her and takes her to his beautiful mountain retreat near Eternity Springs, Colorado, where he can protect her until the perpetrator is found. While Cat is initially angry at his high-handed actions, she does want to stay safe. Then Cat discovers that sparks still burn with Jack. As they experience weeks of bucolic small-town life, they learn more about what broke them apart. An emotional tragedy in their shared past seems impossible to overcome—unless they can find a way for it to bring them closer. Characters from other stories in the series add extra fun to this feel-good romance with an especially tender heart.
In Rosanna Chiofalo’s Bella Fortuna, first generation Italian-American Valentina DeLuca believes her February 13 birth date has rendered her unlucky in love. But things are looking up for the wedding dressmaker as she prepares for her upcoming Big Day. Of course, the gown is all-important, and when the man Valentina’s to marry objects to her design, concerns creep in. Under the interested gazes of her mother and sisters—partners in the bridal boutique Sposa Rosa—Valentina worries that her future plans might implode.Valentina’s mother faces her own problems: She wonders if she’s ready to give more control of the family business to her daughters. A fateful trip to beautiful Venice and the entrance of new men into the DeLuca women’s lives may change things . . . but for the better? Well-drawn characters and wedding fashion details make this debut women’s fiction/romance hybrid a charmer.
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An unforgettable heroine and a peer who becomes a pirate are the stars of Eloisa James’ delicious Regency romance, The Ugly Duchess. Childhood friends Theodora Saxby and James Ryburn marry while still in their teens. Heiress Theo believes it’s a love match until she overhears her husband’s father claim otherwise. For his part, it’s true that James loves Theo—but it’s also true that he pushed the early nuptials at his father’s behest in order to prevent a disastrous scandal for his family. Theo throws James out and he takes up an entirely different lifestyle . . . becoming an infamous privateer. Theo reinvents herself as a successful businesswoman and fashion leader who thumbs her nose at those who coined her The Ugly Duchess. But time brings wisdom, and James returns to his wife, determined to heal the rifts of the past. Can Theo recognize the boy she loved in the commanding man who has returned? Dare she risk her heart once again? A sexy, sensational story!