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A Bridge Between: Northern Italy Come Hell or High Water Paperback – October 1, 2012
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"...snappy and humorous... As Ms.Pola writes of herself in the book: 'what I lack in a natural tendency to nurture, I make up in spunk,' a comical description of herself and, naturally, an accurate description of her writing." ~ Sam Houghton, Enterprise Newspapers
"[As] Pola felt a deep urge to protect her father and mother from the frailties of age, she discovered within herself the first flickering of maternal protection ... Anyone who has worried about or cared for aging parents will identify with this book. Flashbacks to earlier years poignantly emphasize the delicate new relationship that the journey [through northern Italy] forges between the parents and their daughters." ~ Nicole Muller, The Register, GateHouse Media
About the Author
Velia Pola lives on Cape Cod with her husband. She enjoys going "over the bridge" to find unexpected adventure whenever possible.
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I as well liked the way the story weaved back and forth, transitioning from Velia childhood years to particulars in her adult life, and her parents’ aging... and of course this scenic trip to Italy as well. One of my favorite parts (gratefully things turned out okay) was Velia catching her mother in the ‘scissors’ maneuver on the deck. Gosh, I melted reading that part. The chime of San Marco’s bells was another tender spot. And the description of Italy, and Anna to go along with it, gets my standing ovation!
Velia’s large family certainly was relatable. Families were larger back then. On both sides of my family 13 kids were born…ironically 9 nine who survived on both sides, and more ironic, one of the 8th child in line reminded me a lot of Velia. What was unique was Carlo and Peggy’s insatiable appetite to get out and explore the world. Good for them. I empathized with Carlo when he cried upon reaching Finale Emilia. Severed umbilical cords and relocating aside, the innate magnetic pull connecting with our origins can be powerful.
Thanks for writing a thoroughly enjoyable story!
I enjoyed this book very much and my only criticism is as one of the other reviewers mentioned, sometimes the skipping back and forth can get a bit awkward. But its a minor criticism - the joy and love in this book make it a good read regardless of its flaw.
I congratulate Velia as her outstanding book has been nominated for Best Books on Aging and Caregiving and I voted for A Bridge Between. If you like travel and have aging parents then I highly suggest getting your copy today ... A Bridge Between is just a GREAT BOOK!!!
A Bridge Between is the story of a trip two of my sisters took with my aging parents. Woven into the tale is the love of my parents, their love of travel, my sisters love of travel, and the many issues of caring for aging parents that are losing their independence and ability to travel on their own. It is written from the viewpoint of my sister's position of being the 8th child in a family of nine siblings, the baby girl, as the youngest of the family is male.
You will want to meet Peg & Carlo after you read this book and you CAN because they are now having a "land voyage" in assisted living - 95 and 92 and just as loving as described in A Bridge Between.
Two problems. The book could have been edited better since the skipping back and forth was sometimes awkard and/or confusing. Second, my Kindle version has a variety of fonts and font sizes, with changes sometimes made in the same sentence, and just one would have been nice. This last, I assume, is Amazon's problem and not that of the author.
This was well worth reading and I look forward to more from Ms. Pola.
Along the way there are a series of travails to deal with which the sisters overcome with determination and filial love, but the author also writes of the natural beauty of the north Italian landscape and the picturesque cities and towns from Venice to Lake Como and her fathers birthplace Finale Emilia. Finale Emilia and nearby towns are noted for their gastronomic delights, and these are described by Pola with mouth-watering gusto and appreciation.
Ms. Pola's writing style is very fluent and engaging, and she has produced a fine travelogue wrapped in sentiment and family reminiscences. An enjoyable read.
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The author is a brilliant writer.
Why hasn't this book sold millions?
A good writer able to hold your attention but the book is sometimes overwritten...Read more