- Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Romance; Original edition (Nov. 14 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373039239
- ISBN-13: 978-0373039234
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.3 x 16.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 22.7 g
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The Bride Of Montefalco Mass Market Paperback – Nov 14 2006
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About the Author
Rebecca Winters lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. With canyons and high alpine meadows full of wildflowers, she never runs out of places to explore. They, plus her favourite vacation spots in Europe, often end up as backgrounds for her romance novels because writing is her passion, along with her family and church. Rebecca loves to hear from readers. If you wish to e-mail her, please visit her website at: www.cleanromances.net.
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The conversational tone in the dialogues is sometimes a bit stilted, formal. Does not belong in the 2000s!?!
A lot of lose ends. For example, if Donata showed bruises to her friend- then how did she get the bruises. Or was her friend lying. There is no clarity on this.
Also the resolution of the case was too quick. The plot should have been clearly explainedd - to slot all tbed pieces together, instead of just skimming.
Rebecca Winters does an outstanding job of getting into Ally's heart and soul as she journeys to Switzerland to see the site where the accident happened, then on to Italy where she tries to make contact with the Duc Di Montefalco. Recognizing the pain of betrayal she feels, Ally knows that the Duc Di Montefalco was experiencing the same kind of hell. She is confident she can play a unique roll in helping him overcome his grief. What she does not know is that the Duc is the victim of early onset Altzheimer's Disease and is totally oblivious. She also does not know that there is a marvelous eleven year old daughter involved who has just learned that her mother will never come home again.
Gino, the younger brother of the Duc of Montefalco, is, without a doubt, one of the best hero characters I have had the pleasure of getting to know. He is masterfully carrying burdens that would cripple lesser men. He carries the burden of managing all the affairs of the Duc, he loves his niece and grieves for her loss of a father to disease and her mother to death, and he must fight the paparazzi continually as they try to create scandal to increase circulation.
Ally repeatedly tries to make contact with the Duc Di Montefalco, without success. Her persistence brings Gino' full protective wrath to bear against her because he is convinced she is simply a member of the paparazzi looking for an inside story. With the skill of a veteran romance novelist, Rebecca Winters leads the reader through the evolution of events as Ally and Gino come to respect, trust and then fall in love with each other. The path she takes is like a journey through a romance reader's paradise. If you are looking for a five star story by a five star author, look no further, this is it!
I felt the story was a bit bland. Allie was a touch naive for my tastes. She comes off too often as a victim, first in her husbands' affair, and later in the impending scandal involving her husband's murder. Her reasons for traveling to Italy were really strong, and the romance felt rather tepid to me. While there was nothing wrong with the hero, neither was he particularly intriguing. He was dutiful, liked Allie and cared for his niece but he wasn't very romantic. Overall, I was sort of meh about this comic.
The artwork was average in this one. The heroine Allie was drawn so petite that she seemed a child compared to the much larger hero. Her facial features were quite exaggerated and seemed more at home in a child's manga series where large eyes and teen-girl looks are more favored
Overall, while there was nothing bad about this manga, neither did it interest me. I found myself rushing to finish to move on to something better.