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Wealthy Italian families, lost love, definite class separation, and family secrets is what you will find in the THE HOUSE OF SERENADES. Many of the characters had secrets, but Giuseppe Berelli had the biggest secret of them all.   Giuseppe kept a secret his entire life, and he was now becoming afraid the truth would come out and ruin his life. Giuseppe told stories to cover up his secret and to try to keep his family from losing their class distinction and power.

The storyline focuses on class distinction and prestige and the worry about losing it all by going to any length no matter what the cost. The eloquent, descriptive writing style and the saga of the Berelli family of Genoa, Italy, will keep your curiosity peaked. And what a saga it was. There was hatred within families, jealousy among neighbors, shady dealings, corrupt doctors, nosy house help, pompous families, death threats to the Berilli family, and things that must be kept secret not only by Giuseppe but others in the town. These were secrets that ate at the characters every day of their lives.   Secrets that they never should have told anyone because you never know how things will work out.
The book has different underlying themes, outstanding characters beautifully developed by the author, well-kept secrets, and explanations of the customs and mindset of this era in history. The mindset of different classes not mingling and the sneering of the upper class toward the lower class seemed to cause more trouble and pain than was necessary. This era also made evident how women were treated so poorly.   Caterina and Matilda's heartbreaking stories describe very vividly the treatment of women and how they had no rights.
 
If the title and cover are puzzling you, you will need to read this intriguing, very appealing book to find out the significance. The storyline is unique and very captivating. My being Italian enhanced the enjoyment with the inclusion of the authentic Italian names and phrases. Each character had a story of his/her own and each of their lives, their evilness, their innocence, and their secrets were entangled to create an unforgettable tale of love, treachery, tragedy, and unforgivable acts. I hope my review does justice to this amazing book......the content, the setting, and beautiful flow of the story are worth the read. 5/5
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About the Author

Lina Simoni is the author of a children's book, Sofia's Rainbow, and the award-winning novel, The Scent of Rosa's Oil. She is at work on her third novel, The Cabinet Spell. She lives in Southern California and is also a photographer and artist. Her artistic and literary work is on Facebook.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Moonleaf Publishing LLC (June 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781937700010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937700010
  • ASIN: 1937700011
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,927,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kathryn Jordan on August 24, 2012
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THE HOUSE OF SERENADES takes you down paths that twist and turn into ever darker and more shocking corners. Just when you think you know the worst about this rich, arrogant, misogynist family, a more despicable secret surfaces. No character is without flaw, not even the young lovers we're rooting for. Music alone transcends. And what better instrument in 1910 Genoa, Italy than the mandolin? You read faster, riveted by how such dissonance could possibly end in harmony.
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I read Lina Simoni's previous novel, The Scent of Rosa's Oil and absolutely loved it. So I was eager to read THE HOUSE OF SERENADES! I was as enchanted with this second novel as I was the first. When you open the pages of THE HOUSE OF SERENADES, you will experience the fascinating culture of Italy's golden era. From the grand salas in the homes of the wealthy nobility to the humble shops of the working class, this story explores how the social classes were distinct and so greatly divided.

At the heart of the story is the patriarch of the Berelli family, Giuseppe Berelli, a man who has hidden a deep, dark secret for most of his life. Now in the twilight of his years, the secret that he has so faithfully kept, is about to be revealed. He struggles to keep it secret because it can ruin not only his social status, but his entire life and all that he has worked for. It is shocking how far this man went to protect his name and status. A wonderful, dark antagonist!

The love story is about a young woman from the highest classes of society who falls in love with a baker's son and their two families who try to keep them apart. After learning that his daughter has lost her virginity to her lover, her father banishes her to a strict convent. At the same time, his two sons bring more troubles to the family, one through unruly drunkenness, and the other highly aggressive. And to stir the tension further, there is a corrupt doctor desperate to keep his own secrets and a nosy police chief who is anxious to uncover the secrets of a crime.

With plenty of subplots to keep readers interested and hooked, there is plenty to like. Larger than life, highly believable characters pepper this book's pages.
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Wealthy Italian families, lost love, definite class separation, and family secrets is what you will find in the THE HOUSE OF SERENADES. Many of the characters had secrets, but Giuseppe Berelli had the biggest secret of them all. Giuseppe kept a secret his entire life, and he was now becoming afraid the truth would come out and ruin his life. Giuseppe told stories to cover up his secret and to try to keep his family from losing their class distinction and power.

The storyline focuses on class distinction and prestige and the worry about losing it all by going to any length no matter what the cost. The eloquent, descriptive writing style and the saga of the Berelli family of Genoa, Italy, will keep your curiosity peaked. And what a saga it was. There was hatred within families, jealousy among neighbors, shady dealings, corrupt doctors, nosy house help, pompous families, death threats to the Berilli family, and things that must be kept secret not only by Giuseppe but others in the town. These were secrets that ate at the characters every day of their lives. Secrets that they never should have told anyone because you never know how things will work out.

The book has different underlying themes, outstanding characters beautifully developed by the author, well-kept secrets, and explanations of the customs and mindset of this era in history. The mindset of different classes not mingling and the sneering of the upper class toward the lower class seemed to cause more trouble and pain than was necessary. This era also made evident how women were treated so poorly. Caterina and Matilda's heartbreaking stories describe very vividly the treatment of women and how they had no rights.
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Is blood really thicker than water or can love conquer all and endure forever? With similarities to a Romeo and Juliet scenario, Lina Simoni addresses this topic in her romantic novel, The House of Serenades.

This three hundred and fourteen page soft cover book has an old mandolin against a dark blue background on the front jacket and the author's photograph with her two dogs along with a short biography, a paragraph about the book and one review on the back. There were no noticeable grammatical or typographical errors in the casual style writing. No profanity was included but there is incest, infidelity and male/female anatomy discussed that may be unsuitable for a young adult.

The book is a simple love story: can two people from opposite monetary-society class fall and stay in love, even when family members try to tear them apart? Even when that same love can destroy each other?

Based in the early 1900s in Genoa, Italy, the daughter of a rich, high-society lawyer falls in love with a common baker's son. Her rigid and supposed letter-to-the-law father believes in the hierarchal ranking of the rich verses the lowly poor and demeans women, servants and pheasants. He absolutely refuses his daughter have any contact with the baker's son by sending her away to a convent after learning of her lost virginity (untrue or not). In addition to his own issues with his wife's past, his two sons including one with aggressiveness and drunkenness, his confidential doctor that has many secrets of his own, and the Chief of Police trying to figure out who is harassing him, the father makes choices that deem him both questionable and unrespectable in the community. The daughter has to make the hard decision between family and love.
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