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on her oungest son Lorenzo a dreamy artistic boy for whom Santo has little regard her oungest son Lorenzo a dreamy artistic boy for whom Santo has little regard Caterina grows up under the influence 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 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 the earthuake 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 ears 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 events of the time for instance a group of Sicilians in the 1860s being exiled 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 with the historical note that Rome s founder Romulus was saved by a she wolf Overall this is an enjoyable historical romance that those who typically enjoy books in the genre will most likely appreciate ending with a bibliography of the author s research not to mention discussion uestions for participants in book groups and earns 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 1913 the region was subject to earthuakes 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 oung womanhood Born with an inheritance of loss into a society that has predetermined what she can and cannot do she vows to live a life of her choosing Caterina refuses to allow the limits of her gender the constraints of her class and the demands imposed by those in power to stand in her way Caterina remains steadfast in her commitment to become the woman she imagines Her decisions ignite conflicts and fuel a chain of events that result in dire conseuences for all whose path she crossesThe book is divided into two parts Part One 1897 1909 Calabria Italy and Part Two Summer 1913 Calabria Italy The focus is on two women Anna married to Santo with whom she births
THREE SONS AND CATERINA THE SERVANTsons and Caterina the servant only is this a fascinating study of Italy in the 1900 s it is also a study of women and how they were treated and expected to behave as well as Society and servants This is a historical novel There is uite a lot going on within these pages At times it does feel like a soap opera Ms Perry has provided us with characters that live and breathe on these pages and we really get involved with their lives There is even a bit of a cliffhanger ending All in all a very interesting readDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from Italy Book Tours I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising The Inheritance tells the story of not 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 DIESmother alive but she dies 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 oungest son are children a terrible storm engulfs 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 he. TeriesAlong with researching family history Marianne's writing reflects her extensive traveling a passion for adventure an interest in establishin. .
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R 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 early 1900 s He treated his wife and The Proposal 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 do everything together and and eventually 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 4ears 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 Anna fall in love against Santo s wishes the local priest secretly marries them The ending 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 of 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 especially when the women had no say in their own lives even the rich Husbands are rarely faithful children grow up and move away or die at a Prey 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 enjoyed the story and I do look forward to the next one I want to know what happens with Lorenzo an The Inheritance tells the story of not 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 soungest son are children a terrible storm engulfs 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 "in my opinion is a real jerk but I guess a lot of men like that in the early 1900 s He treated his wife and oungest son with distain all Anna wants is her husband to be the
Man She Married But Hershe married But her was to have and raise children keep the house and keep uiet Caterina is very close to Lorenzo they do everything together and and eventually there is an infatuation Of course Santo would never allow Lorenzo to marry a an infatuation Of course Santo would never allow Lorenzo to marry a 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 ears 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 ending 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 of 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 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 earthuake The narrative was extremely monotonous with far too many characters a few served as anchors others were fillers still there were entirely too many players causing a distraction You ll find ourself 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 with intent lacking a softness about the edges A forbidden love taking place on Italy s Calabrian coast circa 1900 s with plenty of characters a sueaker of an ending vamping up and pulling the reader in to await the next installment in what looks to be a series or connecting storyline Ambitious effort reuiring heavy alterations. G connections and a earning to understand our worldWhat matters the most in life are the people Once is Never Enough you love and the adventuresou have Marianne Per. This is the first book I have read by this author and I 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 as if I was in Italy following along on the journey There is history and romance in this book two things which I enjoy and like when they are together in one book Even though there this is a romance book it is not Successful Employee Communications your typical romance novel it is real to life which is something that to me makes this book stand out There are many different characters in this book and each of them were described very well I really liked Caterina the best of course since we learn so much about her in this story There are some added features to this book that I thought were nice starting with a map at the beginning and ending with discussion uestions as well as the bibliography telling what books the author used in her research The author also throws in some Italian words throughout the story which was nice I always like when an author does this as it makes the story feel real to me I am looking forward to books by this author 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 great exceptions As a second general CanadianItalian her family s ancestry has fueled a deep interest in Italy 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 s 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 endeavours to help those less fortunate than herself The inheritance she brings to her marriage allows her husband to expand his business activities However early 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 heroungest 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 Vikings in Wales An Archaeological uest 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 keepsou interested until the end of the bookI found the writing to be a bit choppy and sometimes I was a little confused as to the identity of the secondary characters in this book I love cliffhangers but I found the ending to be a little abrupt Is it possible that there is a seuel to this book A uick and easy read with villains saints and a good natured chef This novel Inspired by actual events 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 ears 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 evil and the effect 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 ensuing ears 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 of emotional situations The visuality of the various scenes surrounding each event 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 enjoyed the basic story line The events which occurred steadily kept the reader s interest It never dragged However I did not feel it flowed well in the first half of the book 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 effective and helpfulWith the ending at a crux the reader will be eager to read the next book of the seriesThis book was sent to me in exchange for an HONEST review of which I have given There is a beautiful evocative book cover The author snapped the cover photo on a 2004 research trip to Calabria Italy The image is key to 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CATERINA A BOND BEGINS TOA bond begins to form them when Caterina s mother 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 I experienced a growing sense of unease as these sons are 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. A second generation Canadian Italian Marianne's interest in her Calabrian Sicilian roots has fuelled her genealogical research to solve family mys.