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    It was Okay

    I really thought this book was poorly written. I found that the author repeated things over and over. I kept skippiing parts just to get to the end so that I could find out what hapened and close the book and delete from my Kobo.
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    Warm and Poignant

    Kudos to the author Rosanna Chofalo for writing a warm and poignant novel of family ties that no matter what happens in life or what life brings in it's way, will always be strong and never truly broken. Such is the case with Stella Mia, which chronicles the life of Sarina Amato Parlatone, mother of Julia, a daughter she hardly knewm and a mother's harsh and sad life in her native Italy. When Julia her daughter discovers her mother's diary, nothing is ever the same. Feelings of betrayal and and a bevy of emotions resurface, emotions she had thought she had buried deep inside her subconscious of the mother who had officially 'abandoned' her at age three. Sarina and Julia's lives are as different as night and day -- Sarina having had to ensure the realities of poverty in Sicily, having run away from home from her brutally abusive father, of the guilt of leaving her family of siblings behind, of joining gypsies to survive, of falling in love with a young man whom she woukd never truly forget for the rest of her life, of coming to America, a strange and foreign land, of giving birth to a beautiful baby girl her "Stella Mia" but leaving one day and never coming back to neither here baby daughter nor her husband, etc,.etc. Julia, who had a stable but emotionally confusing upbringing courtesy of jot ever had a mother, of being raised by her single father Paulie Parlatone and her Aunt Donna, who subbed for the mother she never had, of eventually marrying a wonderful man named Kyle, of her desire to have children but unable or simply unwilling to concieve, of so many emotions and feelings and questions about her mother when she finds out that her father had been communicating with Sarina all these years and atold Julia nothing, etc.,etc. The novel takes the reader through a journey, in the eyes of Sarina and later Julia, when Julia finally tracks down her mother and the two meet face-to-face. Anger turns to understanding, and love turns to forgiveness. But most of all, nothing will quite break the bond of mother and daughter, not even the two continents that lie across the ocean -- vastly different places but common ties that will always bind.
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    Just another 'pretty girl/handsome guy' romance. Abuse, attempted rape and to be so comviently rescued by a handsome unattached rich young man just at the nick of time, who then fell in love with her instantly?? Hardly any literary value.

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