Author: Laura Fabiani
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Tiziana Manoretti is an only child in her late twenties blessed with loving parents, a promising career, and a best friend who fiercely protects her. When her mother falls seriously ill and the relationship between her parents becomes suddenly strained, a carefully hidden family secret is revealed and Tiziana's seemingly idealistic world is turned upside down. After discovering she was born in a Naples orphanage and subsequently given up for adoption, Tiziana sets out for the small town of Gaeta in an attempt to find her birth parents. Meanwhile, her best friend Christopher is sending her mixed messages, causing her to wonder if there is more to their relationship than just companionship. As she becomes intertwined with a handful of interesting characters who help her uncover her past, Tiziana needs to decide whether her feelings for Christopher are deeper than she realizes. She discovers herself and others all while her family's resilience and love for one another is tested when confronted with a shocking truth.The answers lie in a box found in a closet in Italy, and Tiziana must determine if she wants to embrace the heartache and the pain from her past in order to learn forgiveness and find peace in the future.
"Daughter of Mine" is a captivating story about family, friends, loyalty, love, self-discovery, understanding and forgiveness. It is a story that will sweep you away with its beautiful descriptions and imagery, and will tug at your heart and won't let go until the very last word.
I found the whole storyline both realistic, and at the same time, enchanting. The descriptions of Italy were amazing and gave the book an almost magical feel. Honestly, after finishing the story, I wanted to take the next flight out to Italy!
The characters were well developed. Tiziana is an endearing character and her parents, especially her father, had that wonderful "old world" appeal. Those characters were so realistic, that I was reminded of my own grandparents.
I enjoyed everything about this novel: The air of mystery kept things very interesting, the descriptions swept me off to another place, turning it into a type of mini-vacation, and the struggles that Tiziana dealt with gave it a nice balance of realism. Laura Fabiani's beautifully written story is definitely one that I will be giving to my daughter to read. I'm sure it will capture her heart as it did mine.
Make sure to add this to your summer reading list. It's one book you won't want to miss!
About the Author:
Laura Fabiani holds a degree in Special Care Counseling and has worked as a psychiatric child counselor and as a special education technician at various institutions. She launched NouveauWriter http://www.nouveauwriter.com/ an online resource for new and aspiring writers. It covers topics on writing, English grammar, vocabulary building and publishing and marketing. She also reviews books at Library of Clean Reads http://libraryofcleanreads.blogspot.com/. She owns a translation business, mainly translating medical documents from French to English. She currently teaches Creative Writing Workshops in English and French. She lives with her husband and two children in Montreal, Quebec. Visit her at http://www.laurafabiani.com/.
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