by Rosanna Chiofalo
Published: August 28, 2012
Format: Paperback (304 pages)
***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***
Valentina DeLuca isn’t popular. In fact, she doesn’t have many friends at all. Her father passed away at a young age. Valentina’s mother, Olivia DeLuca, worries about her daughters—especially Valentina. Olivia worries even more because she spends long hours at her bridal boutique leaving less time for her daughters.
Meanwhile, her childhood crush sees her as nothing more than a youngster, but Michael saved her from humiliation several times. At a dance, he danced with her, and for the first time, Valentina begins to think maybe he’s realizes there’s more to her than the child he’s used to rescuing. She looses sight of him and tries desperately to quell hope that Michael does have feelings for her. The same kind of feeling she has for him.
However, on the way home, Valentina comes across Tracey with another boy.
Part of her cringes because she’s heard the rumors milling about of her best friend, but to see this public display is only going to cause more people to call her “loose.” She hurries by the clinging couple not to cause embarrassment but when she sees the guy, Valentina can barely breathe. Tracey catches her eye and instead of trying to explain, looking guilty, or even separating from the boy, Tracey gives a devilish smile and seizes Michael’s mouth again.
Valentina tries to stay away from her mother, once she arrives home. Olivia DeLuca will question why she so upset and now Valentina can’t talk about it. She knows Olivia DeLuca never really trusted Tracey and Valentina’s too embarrassed to admit she was right all along.
The years go by and Valentina grows up. As a grown woman, she winds up with a second chance with her childhood love. Soon, she will marry Michael. The house is bought, the dress is designed, and the gifts have begun to arrive. However, this is only the beginning of Valentina’s and Olivia’s stories.
In Rosanna Chiofalo’s BELLA FORTUNA you will visit New York and Italy in the past and present.
You’ll discover how fortune and time rips apart and brings together and learn what second chances are all about. You’ll come to know the DeLucas, at the same time some of them come to know themselves, and you’ll recognize their neighbors and feel like you live near them too.
From quirky neighbors to tragedy and misunderstanding, you’ll find love and romance—even though love and romance aren’t always where you’d expect to find them.
Rosanna Chiofalo creates lively characters, a compelling read, and gives us recipes too!
BELLA FORTUNA is a heady mix of life, love, history, and the unexpected. Although this is a standalone title, I’m sure you’ll be anxious for Rosanna Chiofalo’s next read!