Monday, August 18, 2014

Historical Fiction Virtual Tours Book Review: Bianca's Vineyard

Please join Teresa Neumann as she tours the blogosphere for Bianca's Vineyard with HF Virtual Book Tours from August 11-26, and enter to win a Kindle eBook!

Author: Teresa Neumann
Title: Bianca's Vineyard
Publication Date: November 12, 2010
All's Well House Publishing
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
Blurb: 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 Bertozzi, 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.

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Review: Bianca's Vineyard is one of those historical novels that pull you in and make you feel like you're there with the characters as you read. Its a novel based on real people, which puts me in mind of Gracianna, which I read last year.

It is the story of Egisto Bertozzi and his wife Armida. It is a sweeping family story that will pull draw you in from the very start.

The time period is pre-WWII through WWII, which makes it a more compelling read for me. Something about this time period really draws me in. Most of the books I've read deal with Hitler and the Jewish people. This book focuses on the Italians and Mussolini.  This side of the war is just as heartbreaking as Nazi Germany and occupied France.

The book starts with Egisto's quick marriage to Armida and the reasons for it. She was not his first choice of brides, and this shapes their relationship even though there is an attraction between the two, especially after they come to America.

I had mixed feelings about Armida all through the book. I truly couldn't understand her lack of forgiveness for what she perceived to be a slight. Yet even though she feels like she was in the wrong, Egisto proves he loves her more.

She's a woman with a definite chip on her shoulder. It takes most of the book for her to find peace and work to help others. By that time your heart is breaking for her and for Egisto.

The novel is about both sides of the Bertozzi family, American and Italian and it spans the years from 1913 to 2001. It truly is an epic family saga and one that shouldn't be missed.

Rating: 5 flowers

03_Teresa NeumannAbout the Author

Teresa Neumann was raised in a large, boisterous Irish-Catholic family from Iowa and is the author of "Bianca's Vineyard," and its sequel, "Domenico's Table." Both books are based on the true stories of her husband's Italian family in Tuscany. She has lived in Oregon for over 30 years with her husband and three children. In addition to enjoying family, writing, reading, meeting her readers, wine tasting, traveling, and all things Italian, Teresa loves playing the fiddle with other musicians. For more information on Teresa Neumann and her novels please visit her website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Bianca's Vineyard Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 11
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Tuesday, August 12
Spotlight at Reading Lark
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, August 13
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Thursday, August 14
Review at Beth's Book Reviews
Friday, August 15
Spotlight at What Is That Book About
Monday, August 18
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Review at Queen of All She Reads
Tuesday, August 19
Spotlight at Historical Tapestry
Wednesday, August 20
Spotlight at Passages to the Past
Friday, August 22
Review & Interview at Bookish
Tuesday, August 26
Review at Luxury Reading


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