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Reader s interest It never dragged However I did not Feel It Flowed Well In The First Half Of The it flowed well in the first half of the and at times I felt confused of who the individuals were I feel a brief introduction of various characters before adding himher into the plot would have been ffective and helpfulWith the You Owe Me One ending at a crux the reader will beager to read the next book of the seriesThis book was sent to me in Democratic Art: The New Deal's Influence on American Culture exchange for an HONEST review of which I have given There is a beautifulvocative book cover The author snapped the cover photo on a 2004 research trip to Calabria Italy The image is key to the story I was captured upon reading those linesThe novel is set in 1900 s Calabria Italy It is Obsession: An Erotic Tale essentially the story of two women Anna and Caterina A bond begins to form between them when Caterina s mother dies in childbirth Anna becomes Mamma Anna to her much to the disapproval of Anna s husband She is married to Santo a cold unloving man who is grooming his two older sons in the family business aka the mob Ixperienced a growing sense of unease as these sons are Confederate Cities: The Urban South during the Civil War Era estranged from their mother groomed for crime developing cruel violent natures Anna is powerless to prevent it as she is merely wife and mother having no real influence in the familyxcept on her youngest son Lorenzo a dreamy artistic boy for whom Santo has little regard Meanwhile Caterina Grows Up Under The up under the of Anna despite being a servant developing a close bond of which Santo disapproves The inevitable happens as Caterina and Lorenzo become childhood friends which friendship develops into strong love as they mature and secretly marry The patriarch Santo highly disapproves of this union resulting in sad conseuences to all concerned I found myself both loving and intensely disliking the main characters The author has done Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice extensive research about Calabria from where she traces her ancestry That is reflected in her descriptions of food surroundings as well as the aftermath of thearthuake of 1908 in Calabria and Sicily I love the Italian words inserted in the text which add to the authenticity of the storyThis novel is about treachery family secrets and loss but also about the redeeming power of both maternal and romantic love It is a good read This historical romance opens with a map of its setting which starts in Italy in 1890 of the southern part of the country s boot known as Calabria with several cities indicated The preface indicates the author s heritage as part of a Canadian Italian family and denotes her interest in genealogy Part One of the story occurs in Calabria Italy from 1897 to 1901 and commences with Padre Valentine praying that Nella s labor pains in her upcoming delivery will be minimal Tragedy strikes after Nella s childbirth as she dies although the infant named Caterina survivesFive years prior to the first chapter Anna when she was twenty one inherited money from her deceased college professor father and is married to Santo attending births such as that which resulted in Nella s demise Caterina s father Eduardo aims to get a new cottage since he believes that his daughter who has turned two deserves her own bedroom The novel reveals some backstory on the real Edicts of Asoka events of the time for instance a group of Sicilians in the 1860s beingxiled from their homeland for inciting an insurrection and moving to the mainland to form an organization called Ndrangheta whose aim is to control Italian politics in the southPart Two takes place in 1913 in the summer still in Italy with Caterina and Lorenzo forming a relationship the latter dealing with an ailing mother with a little side story in the form of Caterina taming a wolf the supposed symbolic animal of Italy form of Caterina taming a wolf the supposed symbolic animal of Italy the historical note that Rome s founder Romulus was saved by a she wolf Overall this is an Upgrade Soul enjoyable historical romance that those who typicallynjoy books in the genre will most likely appreciate nding with a bibliography of the author s research not to mention discussion uestions for participants in book groups and arns this reviewer s seal of approval Marianne Perry in her new book The Inheritance published by iUniverse introduces us to CaterinaFrom the back cover The Inheritance tells the story of a family disintegrating from conflicting loyalties in Calabria Italy Set during the period 1897 to 19. TeriesAlong with researching family history Marianne's writing reflects her Elizabeth I: Translations, 1544-1589 extensive traveling a passion for adventure an interest instablishin. .

This is the first book I have read by this author and I Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist enjoyed reading it I liked that the cover of this book was a picture that the author took herself You can tell the author did her research when writing this book as it shows in her writing The author took me on a tour of Italy and when reading this book I really felt I don t read a lot of historical fiction This isn t because I don t love learning about different times but because it is such a difficult genre to be really good at Author Marianne Perry is one of those greatxceptions As a second general CanadianItalian Her Family S Ancestry Has Fueled A Deep Interest In family s ancestry has fueled a deep interest in and she has followed that up with five visits to the country She is also a serious lover of genealogy Between the two the author has managed to bring a true sense for the area and for what is was like to be a woman of means in this place and timeWomen role models are so important and offering a character who manages to live a life true to her desires at the turn of the century is a great read In The Inheritance we find a young wife who must live her life in accordance with the dictates of her husband Her control of her inheritance her sons and the obligations she must fulfill are defined by his wishes Yet she finds a way to honour and touch the lives of the servants and villagers that surround her The closing pages do not offer us a Hollywood movie nding it rings true to its times BUT it does open the door to several story lines that could prove interesting seuelsWell written and a true ye opener on how far women have come in terms of control over their lives their future and their money I can t wait to read by this author In a time where women were meant to be decorative and to stay at home and raise children Anna is a compassionate strong willed woman who ndeavours to help those less fortunate than herself The inheritance is a compassionate strong willed woman who ndeavours to help those less fortunate than herself The inheritance brings to her marriage allows her husband to Imaginary Runner expand his business activities Howeverarly on in their marriage her husband Santo begins to lead another life apart from her He soon removes her two oldest sons from her care to follow in the family business Anna is left with her youngest son Lorenzo who is very unlike his other brothers in that his artistic sensibilities allow him to aborb the beauty in the world around him Anna s protegee an orphan and servant girl Caterina develop a close knit bond that Santo Anna s husband disapproves of Lorenzo as he matures into a young man begins to understand how different he is from his father and brothers This leads to conflict in several of the storylines in this plot and keeps you interested until the nd of the bookI found the writing to be a Bit Choppy And Sometimes choppy and sometimes was a little confused as to the identity of the secondary characters in this book I love cliffhangers but I found the nding to be a little abrupt Is it possible that there is a seuel to this book A uick and Fresh Water easy read with villains saints and a good natured chef This novel Inspired by actualvents is an interesting beginning of a new series of two key Italian family s heritageOriginating with the very different circumstances between two families Caterina Romano s and Lorenzo Marino s an unlikely friendship develops and grows through the years However how could they be able to remain so in adulthoodReflecting the life in times past in Italy the times and changes take place in a negative wayThis is a tale about the various types of characteristics in mankind good and French Daguerreotypes evil and theffect it has on individual lives which get caught up in between virtue and vise The various characteristics of friendship loyalty trust acceptance deception betrayal and many in From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read ensuing years of individual s lives are well defined within the pages of this novelThe characters will become actual beings to the reader causing the reader to be caught up in a variety ofmotional situations The visuality of the various scenes surrounding ach vent will be uite clear This is an intriguing beginning to this new seriesThe book cover taken from an actual photo captures the true splendor of the village in Italy where the story begins It is a perfect cover for this tale The title is fitting but not necessarily the best chosenI Doris Salcedo enjoyed the basic story line Thevents which occurred steadily kept the. A second generation Canadian Italian Marianne's interest in her Calabrian Sicilian roots has fuelled her genealogical research to solve family mys.

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13 the region was subject to arthuakes and tsunamis the land harsh and poverty the norm Superstition clashed with religion and a class system ruled the people Calabria is the perfect backdrop for the tragedy that unfolds in The InheritanceCaterina is an atypical woman and The Inheritance chronicles her life from birth to youn The Inheritance tells the story of not only one but two women Anna
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Caterina Anna is the birth of Caterina assisting in the birth and does all she can to keep Caterina s mother alive but she dies in childbirth Even though Caterina s mother was a servant Anna keeps Caterina in her life and she grows up with Anna s influenceThere is a tragedy wh The Inheritance tells the story of influenceThere is a tragedy wh The Inheritance tells the story of only one but two women Anna and Caterina Anna is at the birth of Caterina assisting in the birth and does all she can to keep Caterina s mother alive but she dies in childbirth Even though Caterina s mother was a servant Anna keeps Caterina in her life and she grows up with Anna s influenceThere is a tragedy when Caterina and Lorenzo Anna s youngest son are children a terrible storm ngulfs the area and Caterina s father is lost Another servant disappears and her body is found in the ocean It is claimed by Anna s husband Santo that she drowned and Anna s oldest sons tried to save her but failed This story seems kind of sketchy and the reader does find out that it was no accident but Anna never really finds out what happened but she has her suspicions Santo in my opinion is a real jerk but I guess a lot of men were like that in the Gods Choice early 1900 s He treated his wife and youngest son with distain all Anna wants is her husband to be the man she married But her job was to have and raise children keep the house and keep uiet Caterina is very close to Lorenzo they doverything together and and ventually there is an infatuation Of course Santo would never allow Lorenzo to marry a servant and he lets it known that Lorenzo is to continue his studies to become a lawyer as he states they need one in the family Santo gets involved with what I think of as the mob is never home and his coldness to his wife and son continue to get worseLorenzo does go away to school and does not see his mother for 4 years his father would not allow him to see Anna Anna had suffered a series of strokes and her health has declined considerably during Lorenzo s absence Caterina has assisted in Anna s care and when Lorenzo does come home he vows to stay and help take care of herTime goes on and Lorenzo and Caterina fall in love against Santo s wishes the local priest secretly marries them The nding kind of surprised me but I think that it set the story up for the next book as I am sure there will be or at least I hope so because it was kind sure there will be or at least I hope so because it was kind a cliffhanger The Inheritance refers to the tragedy that has befallen Caterina never knowing her mother and losing her father in the storm I think living in this time was very difficult Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France especially when the women had no say in their own livesven the rich Husbands are rarely faithful children grow up and move away or die at a young age This is definitely a story of tragedy loss and secrets that ruin many livesI felt the author was very knowledgeable about Italy and her ancestors I njoyed the story and I do look forward to the next one I want to know what happens with Lorenzo and Caterina Perry introduces us to Anna a strong intelligent and independent female In all fairness Perry s female characters all possess a streak of independence and strength Where Anna leaves off Caterina carries the baton Wonderful descriptions of the surroundings food colorful intoxicating garden the aftermath of the devastating arthuake The narrative was Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild extremely monotonous with far too many characters a few served as anchors others were fillers still there werentirely too many players causing a distraction You ll find yourself loving and loathing the parties presented I felt character development was lacking majority of the individuals behaviors were described as opposed to their personalities and thought processes A noticeable drag along with unmistakable repetitiveness haunted the plot throughout I felt the writing was stiff and stilted a bit clunky as well Perry has potential she just needs to relax and find her flow She writes. G connections and a yearning to understand our worldWhat matters the most in life are the people you love and the adventures you have Marianne Per. ,
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