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A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
In this novel, four women find refuge in the little heaven that is called Residenza Betta in Florence. Though they are figments of my imagination, the Residenza is not. Elisabetta, her son Cosimo, and his lovely Adriana are all very real and very dear to me. They are my second family, and I miss them when we are apart.
"Betta" insists on mothering me, though I am the age of her own mother. An act that typifies her is when she picked up an opera ticket for me on her motorscooter in the rain when I could have gotten it for myself. She feeds me, she scolds me, and she surveys all my purchases to make certain I haven't been cheated.
Cosimo is now in another hotel, learning his trade, even though he could make much more money as a gorgeous Italian actor. I tell Adriana, his fiancée, to keep him away from Hollywood.
The lovely Adriana is a 21st century incarnation of Renaissance artist Fra. Fillipo Lippi's atypical Madonna model. She is tall and slender, fair with beautiful brown eyes. My son took one look at her and said, "If things don't work out with Cosimo, I'm your man." Adriana and I tell each other our secrets and giggle together like sisters.
Milano 25 is a real taxi and you can read about its amazing driver on the Internet. Lastly, I did fall on the concrete pavement, and was treated just as gently by a much younger version of Roberto. I believe agape is a genetic component of all Italians.
I write this in this happy house that has given me so much pleasure in Florence.
As I was in Italy while reading this, and have traveled around Italy in the past, I was thrilled to read about the places/art works/streets and bridges I knew in my heart. Read morePublished 17 days ago by HollyAnne
Good read. I loved the friendship bonds between the girls all going thru there own issues but taking the time to help each other out,Published 5 months ago by Beth
The story weaves the lives of 4 different women into one intermingled story. The writer does a good job of telling each story uniquely but also as a whole story.Published 8 months ago by moddmom
Found this an intriguing book on many levels. Liked the description of places and people. Interesting idea to bring in the mental illness. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kate Rose
A short summer jaunt to Italy with twists and turns involving the mental health of the 4 friends traveling together. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Charlotte
I enjoyed finding each person's hurt and how it was affecting their lives. Healthy decisions lead to healthier outlooks. Read morePublished 13 months ago by B. Smith
Predictable romance novel every character was beautiful and talented. With perfect bodies, yeah right. The setting in Florence was nice but a little pretentious of the author. Read morePublished 14 months ago by L. Lawton
It was a great book that touched on so many great issues. I really enjoyed reading it and being entertained.Published 14 months ago by ibbabs97
Not my favorite! Very little plot in this book. The characters are all mixed up and seem to being going no where.Published 17 months ago by Doris Bonvino