Bella Fortuna

Bella Fortuna

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In this warm, enchanting debut novel, Rosanna Chiofalo evokes the extraordinary beauty of Venice, the charm of a close-knit New York neighborhood, and the joys of friendship, family, and surprising second chances. . . Valentina DeLuca has made hundreds of brides' dreams come true. At Sposa Rosa, the Astoria, New York, boutique where she, her sisters, and their mother design and sew couture knock-off gowns, she can find the perfect style for even the most demanding customer. Now, it's her turn. Valentina has loved Michael Carello ever since he rescued her from a cranky shopkeeper when she was ten years old. He's handsome, chivalrous, and loyal. And in a few weeks, she's going to marry him--in Venice. But just when she thinks everything is falling into place, Valentina is forced to re-examine her life to see what truly makes her happy. And as she soon learns, in a place as magical as Venice, what seems like misfortune can turn out to be anything but, although who knows what may be waiting around the next corner? The chance to enjoy a moonlit gondola ride, to sip Prosecco in St. Mark's Square, to eat mouthwatering gelato, to put aside "sensible" for once and see where the warm Italian breezes guide her as she visits all the sights she's dreamed of: The Doge's Palace, Il Rialto, the little islands of Murano and Burano. And maybe, along the way, to discover that "bella fortuna"--good luck--isn't what you're given, but what you make. Advance praise for Bella Fortuna "Like a gondolier navigating the canals of Venice, Rosanna Chiofalo takes you on a magical ride filled with family and friends, love and loss, heartbreak and happiness. "Bella Fortuna "is a warm glimpse into Italian-American life." --Holly Chamberlin, author of "Last Summer" "Reading Rosanna Chiofalo's depiction of a modern Italian-American family is like digging into a fresh bowl of pasta--warm, welcome, and satisfying. A deeply felt debut that affirms the importance of friends and family--Italian-style." --Lisa Verge Higgins, author of "The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship" "From the streets of New York to the canals of Venice, Rosanna Chiofalo creates a warm and lively story the reader won't want to see end. Valentina DeLuca is a heroine with intelligence, heart, and courage, the kind of person every woman wants for a dear friend. Time spent with her is a sheer joy." --Mary Carter, author of "The Pub Across The Pond" "Go to Venice. Ride a gondola. See St. Mark's square. Chase the pigeons. Then go back to your hotel room overlooking a canal, take out Bella Fortuna, and read. It will make your whole day "perfetto."" --Cathy Lamb, author of "A Different Kind of Normal"show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 142.24 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 340.19g
  • Kensington Publishing
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • 0758266537
  • 9780758266538
  • 989,014

Our customer reviews

I was excited to get this book for review, because I have been itching to travel and since I can't right now, I enjoy living vicariously through stories. Bella Fortuna was easy to get into and I read it in just two sittings because I didn't want to put it down. While the initial love story had some predictable points, there were many surprises and twists that I really didn't see coming and it made the story feel more real to me. The dynamic of the DeLuca family was very heartwarming, and the author had you laughing and crying along with them, and I loved the confrontations with the Bridezillas. I also appreciated the time that was taken to describe Venice in a way that allowed me to feel like I was along for the tour. Anyone that likes a good romance, on location in a fantastic Italian city, will enjoy this novel, but if you also enjoy a family of supporting characters and the relationships that they have with each other, then this book is definitely one to grab! ARC reviewed by Gabi for Book Sake. Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest reviewshow more
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