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  • Very enjoyable read.

    The Italian Villa is a very interesting read, telling two stories. In the present, orphan Callie goes to Italy to claim an inheritance from a woman she’s never heard of. Among the box of papers given her by the lawyer is a diary by someone who was caught up in the horror of Italy during WWII. Why was Callie given this diary? What is her connection to Elise? And why is Callie’s Italian aunt so hostile? There are many secrets to be revealed and the author does a good job at keeping readers interested in both stories. This is a well written book, poignant, heartbreaking and wonderfully uplifting by the time the last page is complete. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.

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  • Cassie's Family

    Imagine you are 21 years old, your parents died when you were ten, and that you grew up in an orphanage and foster homes. You are finally on your own, you have a job, friends, and a small home. Now you receive a letter in the mail from an attorney in Italy. Italy is a long way from America. It says you have inherited a house in Italy from your birth mother. Wait a minute, your parents died when you were ten. This must be a mistake. You call the lawyer, it is no mistake, your parents were your adoptive parents. Okay, who are my parents? Cassie goes to Italy. The story you will read within these pages is that of Cassie and Tommaso, And Cassie's family. It is also the story of her great grandmother Elisa and Leo during WWII. The story of her great grandmother is told through the journal left for her at the lawyer's office to be given to her when she turned Twenty One. The story is of finding love, of forgiveness, self discovery and courage. It is the story of Cassie finding her family in the present and the past. This was a wonderful read, I really enjoyed it, and I would recommend it. Thanks to Daniela Sacerdoti, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review an advance copy of this book.

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  • A beautiful read

    Told in dual timelines, I loved the way the story unfurled so gently into the chambers of my heart, each showing me the beauty that was this author’s writing. Emotions swayed in the gentle breeze to be carried away in the gust that blew into the yonder as I read this book from the comforts of my couch. History was never so rich as told in these pages, love was never so big, and hope never so loud. The characters were strong as only women can be, their hearts encompassing their love and duty. The stories of the women blew me away, they threw me into the tough times. They evolved all around me telling me about their secrets and romance, making me feel their emotions during times of strife. Ah, a book with feels was this. A compelling read.

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  • Lovely tale

    Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion. This is the first book I have read by this author, I love finding new authors whose books I enjoy. Netgalley has opened up a whole new works of reading to me. This is sort of a dual timeline story; in the present, we are in Texas, we have Callie, young and trying to find her way, working as a waitress, saving money hoping to go to school one day, as an orphan, she has no family, few friends and doesn’t not find it easy to trust. She discovers on her 21st birthday that her now deceased parents were actually her adoptive parents and that her birth mother left her a villa in northern Italy. Disbelieving, Callie makes her way to Italy, hoping to find family and answers. On her way, she starts to read the diary that has also been bequeathed to her, of a possible ancestor, Elisa, beginning in 1941. I enjoyed following Callie as she discovered Italy and her new home, I loved the diary entries and the story of Elisa. A lovely story, in a picturesque small Italian town. I will definitely be reading more books from this author.

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  • Heartfelt story of love and family

    This was a wonderful, heartfelt book about family, love, lies and forgiveness. Callie was orphaned at the age of ten, and without any family grew up in the foster care system. On her 21st birthday she is summoned to a lawyer's office where she is presented with a diary and the deed to a house in Italy, owned by her birth mother. Having never known she was adopted, and curious about the possibility of finally having a family, she takes the money she had been saving for college and goes to Italy. Once there, her life as she knows it changes forever, along with the lives of those she meets. I loved this story and the characters within. My only disappointment was from Callie's best friend Kristin, and her lack of support as Callie tried to navigate through the emotions and upheaval her life has been placed in. Story was beautifully written, and I truly recommend it. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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