- File Size: 430 KB
- Print Length: 202 pages
- Publisher: Canelo (February 12, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 12, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078YMY86K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Prosecco and Promises: an uplifting novel of love and taking chances (Martini Club Book 2) Kindle Edition
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If you’ve lost anyone close – especially a parent – the emotional journey Mia will take will really resonate with you. Finding yourself back to a home you barely know and one member of thee family seemingly against you.
I really enjoyed the journey over to Naples – the sights and history of this place were really neatly explored. Ischia now is also somewhere I really have to go. The sights, sounds and smells not to mention the food and the icecream…there’s just so much to this novel to enjoy and to lift the spirits. It’s a nice backdrop to an emotional story. Seeing the island through the eyes of Mia on this emotional journey is simply lovely.
The journey back to finding out about the past was what’s really shone for me – the history of the island, the journey to Mia’s past and what it all means for the future.
A warm cuddle of a book when it’s raining outside.
When Rob, her father asked her to go to her maternal family in Italy, she learned more about her mother, Isabella. She found out that her mom left with her father to be happy, to follow her dreams and live a life with the man she loved. From the stories told by Allegra, Antonio and even her Nonna, she realized that she was like her mother, impulsive, stubborn but also passionate and kind who always care for other people.
And then there she met, Salvatore — the attractive but rude and condescending lawyer who went back home to nurse his fake wounds and chose to take over his grandfather’s old antique souvenir shop. Even with a bad start, Mia and Salvatore were able to get to know each other as they work on a project at Antonio’s shop, but will Mia let him bring her coffee every morning?
I understood why Rob chose to send Mia to Italy instead of being with her on the last few moments of his life. He wanted Mia to remember him as a strong man who was always there for her and not the weak, sick and dying version of himself. Rob was the kind of father who was selfless and put his child’s interest before his own.
Mia’s character was complex yet relatable. Yes, she was cold, curt and always trying to push people away but I think she was only afraid to trust because she believe she will just end up being alone and unwanted. So, she used anger to survive, to go on every day even if it was hard. I knew that feeling and sometimes the fire that comes from is what keeps us alive.
While Mia and her Nonna have the same way of dealing pain, I know they were just putting an armor because they don't want other people to perceive them as weak. They were afraid to accept the truth that they need other people to figure out how to be happy and be forgiving.
With the closing credits nearing to an end, I love how Mia changed and opened up to her family. She finally understood Marjorie that they were not that different from each other. Her life immensely change with the death of her father but was totally filled with new people who are always there for her no matter what.
A.L. Michael has the skill to write significant, well-developed characters where they have their own story to tell and own message to give. They have this certain rare type of connection that was woven together by emotions like anger, pride, guilt, and sadness; they were able to put the missing pieces back in their lives’ puzzle.
Prosecco and Promises is a beautiful piece of tale about loss, grief and second chances. It is a story that translate history, culture and tradition into a personal, honest experience of love, new beginnings and happy endings.
Anger is Mia's dominant emotion; she is furious with her father, her young step mum and most of all herself. Italy proves to be just what she needs, but there is a great deal of angst, poignant discovery and forgiveness to be lived through before Mia appreciates this.
I love Mia she is such a beautiful mess, full of fear, guilt, self-reproach and the need to belong. She is afraid to love, believing she will only experience the pain of losing again, Mia does not feel she is worth loving and so pushes everyone away. Her maternal family are loud and loving, and they slowly get under her skin. Mia learns about her mother and finally feels that she has roots. As her new family relive their memories of her mother, Mia begins to heal, and when her father dies, she finds that life does go on, even though she is devastated.
Meeting Salvatore is unexpected and it's not love at first sight, he is rude and she is angry but when they find a common goal, they each see something they like in the other and sparks of a different sort begin to glow. The love story is gentle and realistic and lovely to read. A thoughtful, memorable story which is perfectly paced and hard to put down.
I received a copy of this book from Canelo via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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