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Reviews of Chiofalo's Previous Novels:
Stella Mia -- Pat
This lovely novel centers around a young woman faced with countless losses and attacks on her faith, her heart and everything she believes in. It's set in a little town in Sicily know for it's amazing delicacies made by the Carmelite sisters in the convent in town. Their reputation is known far and wide.
A girl is found near death, abused and unconscious by the Mother Superior, Madre Carmela and a few sisters harvesting almonds for their pastries. They rush her to the convent and provide nourishment, clothes and the quiet peace of their lives. She recovers slowly from her injuries, but her heart is broken, and she remembers little of her previous life. She does know her name is Rosalia.
The beginning of the story is set in 1955, and is told beautifully to a visiting journalist from the U.S. In 2004. Claudia Lombardo is writing about chefs, cooking, and food and has traveled to Sicily to learn more about the pastries known for their tantalizing taste. She has an appointment at the convent with the present Mother Superior, Sorrelle Agata, to learn of their secret.
This interview takes you on the journey of Rosalia, and the intricacy and skill of pastry baking with even a little magic thrown in. Love, loss, faith and family have a strong message running through the words. Ms. Chiofalo writes heartwarming novels about Italy, New York and characters who will charm you. The covers alone always draw me in. Best of all, recipe's of the tantalizing pasties are included.
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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.
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Always nice to have a review for something a little bit outside the romance genre. Thanks, Pat! :)
Until Next Time,
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