- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: Iuniverse Inc (Nov. 29 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1475952856
- ISBN-13: 978-1475952858
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 612 g
- Customer Reviews: 4 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,280,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Inheritance Hardcover – Nov. 29 2012
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About the Author
A second generation Canadian-Italian, Marianne's interest in her Calabrian-Sicilian roots has fuelled her genealogical research to solve family mysteries.
Along with researching family history, Marianne's writing reflects her extensive traveling, a passion for adventure, an interest in establishing connections and a yearning to understand our world."What matters the most in life are the people you love and the adventures you have." -Marianne Perry
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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 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 keeps you interested until the end of the book.
I 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 sequel to this book?
A quick and easy read with villains, saints and a good-natured chef.
The descriptions of Italy are superb and well-researched so it came as no surprise to learn that the author is Canadian of Italian origin. The characters of the two protagonists are well developed and portrayed with great sympathy. On the other hand I found the men generally to be a little too one-dimensional. Moreover, there were numerous secondary characters that I had difficulty following and seemed to add little to the overall story. I think that is why the narrative started to flag a little in the middle. Having said that, I did enjoy the story and the love story element is just right. There were a few typos and grammatical errors though fortunately they didn’t spoil my enjoyment too much. It does mean that what is a good story could become a really good story with some sensitive editing as there is a lot of potential in the book.
This story reflects life in earlier Italy - in times before the unwelcome changes in communities came about. It is a tale about the good and evil - the weak and the powerful - in human beings and all the effects on individual lives which got trapped in between the virtues and vices. Friendship, loyalty, trust, acceptance, deception, betrayal, and many more conditions of human interactions are well portrayed within the pages of this novel.
The characters will become real to the reader and the reader will be caught up in a variety of emotional situations. The scenes surrounding the events which occur will be quite easily visualized. This is an intriguing beginning to this new series.
Taken from an actual photo, the book cover 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 could have been better chosen.
The basic story line was very well created. Events, evolving steadily, kept the reader's interest, never dragging. However, it did not have an even, steady flow and at times it seemed slightly confusing as to who some of the individuals were. I feel, if a brief introduction of the various characters had been made before adding him/her into the plot, it would have been a more effective reading experience. At te end of this story, the reader will be eager to read the next book of the series, as it ended well at a critical point in the story.
*This book was sent to me in exchange for an HONEST review, of which I have given.