Thursday, December 03, 2015

REVIEW: Villa Fortuna by Cat Gardiner

Book Blurb: Dr. Elizabeth Fairchild lived an orderly and focused life in Los Angeles until … an unexpected death, a questionable inheritance, and an eighty-year-old Mafia vendetta required a trip home to New York City's Little Italy neighborhood in the Bronx. After thirteen years of running from her Italian-American upbringing, Elizabeth dreaded returning to the ethnic world of colorful hand gestures, passionate arguments, and living with her two stereotypical sisters in their rundown apartment above a bakery.

Her plan: get in, take care of business, celebrate Christmas, and then escape as quickly as possible. However, returning to the Bronx assailed the senses like her mother's lasagna. She didn't count on Italian pastry, homemade wine, a beauty parlor, and the enticement of a dashing plastic surgeon known as Michelangelo.

Will Elizabeth flee her childhood home where the foundation of faith and famiglia is so strong? Or will she stay and embrace all the traditions that once embarrassed her? Should she succumb or resist her elder sister's admonishment,

“Your home is where your heart is, and we are your heart—marinara, cannolis, the Church, and the family! The whole shebang!"

My Review: This book is Pride and Prejudice Italian style. The characters are exactly how I would imagine them if the families were Italian. The author's idea of using her heritage in this book made for a spectacular novel. It was nice to see some of the Italian-American culture in this book. I especially enjoyed the recipes spread out throughout the novel. I plan on trying some of them out. This book is a must read for anyone who enjoys a good novel.



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