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The Madonna of Pisano (The Italian Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Maria Landro, the oldest daughter in her family, is responsible by default for running their once thriving farm, Bella Terra. Previously, she had taken a position as housekeeper at the parish rectory where Father Don Franco lived. One day, while she is cleaning his bedroom, he assaults her, and threatens her and her family if she should tell. Soon after, she finds herself pregnant. Her reputation is ruined as gossip in the village rages against her, and the farm suffers because no one wants to do business with that kind of woman.
Six years later, Maria’s son, Nico, must attend the very school where Don Franco is the teacher, as he had been for years. At the same time, Maria needs to find work in order to keep the beautiful Bella Terra in the family. The only problem is, no one wants to hire her. Except, the handsome, kind tailor, Luca Tonetta.
At first, Luca doesn’t know what to believe about Maria’s reputation, but is hesitant to brand her the same way the rest of the village people do. Because she seems to be honest, hard-working, and demure, he becomes convinced that she isn’t what people say. As the two become closer, and Luca becomes attached to Nico, Luca realizes his association with Maria could ruin his business reputation. He becomes determined to find out the truth at all cost.
The story touches on multiple spiritual aspects, such as, forgiveness, redemption and faith. The description of Italian scenery steals the reader’s breath. Kudos for the satisfying and unexpected ending. I highly recommend this book!
To have these words “I love you, Maria, but we both know that your reputation has been ruined beyond redemption," hurdled at you the way they were thrown at Maria would be enough to shatter your heart. But, God has an amazing way of capturing our hearts and letting us know that He has not forgotten us. He can redeem us from the worst of situations.
And there are also times when the abuser/criminal will heed the voice of God calling out to them to do the right thing, surrender and confess their crimes so that they can receive the healing that forgiveness brings.
This is one beautiful story that makes Christ the Redeemer shine so brightly. I'm excited to go on the next journey with these characters. Luca, Maria, Don Franco, Nico and others have captured my heart. I'm still in awe at how the author made me fall in love with one of the worst characters in this book.
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