Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway - Bianca's Vineyard by Teresa Neumann

Book Description:

Bianca Corrotti's vineyard is more than a piece of mouth-watering real estate in Tuscany. It's an inheritance; a storehouse harboring the secrets of her Uncle Egisto, a world-class sculptor, and his troubled wife -- a woman whose destiny converges with Mussolini's when WWII overtakes them all. Based on a true story, Bianca's Vineyard follows a devoted family of strong-willed men and lion-hearted women waging an epic battle against a gathering storm intent on destroying their lives.

My Review: 

Bianca's Vineyard is a sweeping family saga.   I found the setting and time period fascinating.  This is an engrossing read - and a real treat.

Although there is romance in this novel, at heart it is a wonderfully old fashioned family saga.   I loved reading the story of the family, and the strong family ties that held them together.  It is even more intriguing because it was based on a true story.

The family tree in the front of the book was very helpful in keeping track of the characters.  (I only wish it could have been expanded further.)   Although the heart of the story is the WWII years, the book spans from 1913 to 2001, so there are many wonderful characters to get to know.  

The descriptions in this book are vivid, and the characterizations are layered with depth.  The author has a gift for helping the reader to feel that they are there.  This book would make an amazing movie - or miniseries!

If you enjoy historical fiction, books about Italy, or family sagas, you will love Bianca's Vineyard.  I recommend it highly.  Only one warning -- it will fill you with a longing to visit Italy and see the country where this novel was set!

Author's Bio:

Teresa Neumann and her musician husband live in Oregon's beautiful Willamette Valley near their three children. As well as being an author and journalist, Teresa loves to fiddle on her violin and live "la dolce vita" in Italy whenever she can talk her family into going with her.

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I received a copy of this book from Italy Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.


Anonymous said...

I love Histroic novels this sounds good read. Thanks

Birdie Bee said...

I would love to read this book as it sounds like a "good read" that I would enjoy.

Teresa N said...

Thank you so much for your kind review of my novel "Bianca's Vineyard." I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Arf2-D2 said...

I want to read it because your review made it sound as if the author took a true story and made it into a wonderful tale.

Vicki G said...

It looks like a great read!

Mary Hill said...

Sounds so beautiful and moving. Thanks for sharing with Literacy Musing Mondays.

Ashley said...

Thanks for linking up at Literacy Musing Mondays. It's great to have your review here! Looks like a fun novel. Ashley from Circling the Story