- File Size: 1238 KB
- Print Length: 290 pages
- Publisher: Tillie Cole Ltd. (November 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 27, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NBD7Z8S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There are no triggers for this book.
It's a coming of age with the old time beliefs of a fixed marriage.
I wish I could rate this book by the second half, but unfortunately, books are meant to be rated as a whole.
We have Ceresa. She's what's supposed to be a Dutchess. I say supposed to be because, unless your part of the royal family, in this time and age, the title won't go too far.
She is to travel from New York, back to Italy. She's going to help her future husband, Zeno (the king to be), keep their business in wine afloat after the death of The King.
While she's there, she meets Achille. He's the man behind the wine.
Through him she learns of the land, the grapes, and most of all love.
But throughout all this, about the first half, I was bored.
The description was, overload. Of course every label had to be thrown in. From suits, to gowns. Make-up to shoes. It wouldn't of been bad, but we had the description of a mansion that pretty much wasn't needed til way later in the book. With everything thrown in throughout the travel from New York (Daddy's G5), to Italy (with her favorite wine), with all the description, too much. The barn, the lands, the vines, the horses, the cottage (after being described in the painting at the mansion home) again. And the list goes on.
Details can often make or break a book. The beginning for me, I almost quit.
This is a Tillie Cole book, so I pushed on.
Now part two, I hate Insta love. It's a huge trigger warning for me. But dear Lord, I melted right along with the couple on that first kiss. It was sweet, touching and just awww. From here more little sub plots come into play and the book played out. It was a predictable fairy tale.
If I could just rate the book on part two, for sure easy five-star.
But it doesn't work that way. I've taken in all factors. The beginning, ending, the virtually flawless editing and go a solid three. The break in POV to Achille also helped in the plot. With his pure and innocent heart.
This is a definite book I would say read if you like a modern day fairy tale.
I highly doubt I can do justice to this review but I am going to try because this book is too good not to review. I think the least favorite part of the book is the beginning because it took place in New York but when Caresa arrived in Italy the book took on a whole new turn like traveling back in time. Caresa was destined to marry a prince that she had only met once in her childhood. Her prince, Zeno, was not much interested in marrying Caresa as Caresa was in marrying Zeno but she was doing it out of loyalty to her family. It was just amazing that these people live in a totally different world from the rest of the world. In an effort to keep Caresa away from him Zeno decided to put Caresa in the castle favored by his father, the king, in Umbria. The way Tillie wrote subtle hints throughout the book was wonderful and being familiar with her writing I knew to remember those hints that would bring the story together and in the end it all comes together as an 'AHA' moment. I'm not going into details so as not to spoil the story otherwise the reader will not enjoy the story as much.
As with all her books, Tillie's character development is complex and three dimensional. I could feel the love pouring out of Achille and Caressa and I shed so many tears for both of them throughout the book (sorry Tillie this was a tear jerker with a HEA). Zeno was a jerk but after reading the rest of the book you can understand the reason for his hostility. He was a lonely boy who was sent away from his family and best friend at a very early age. He didn't know love. Fortunately the turns that the story takes favor the entire cast and makes for a beautiful ending.
Achille, beautiful Achille. I shed many a tear for him alone throughout the book. Caresa was indeed his angel. Tillie's books never fail to address human issues that sometimes are so powerful they impact your life forever, this is the case for me with AVOV. Not going to say more but I do want to share my favorite quote in the book;
"What challenges us, what should break us, can in the end be our greatest blessing. Because our failures can make us great. Our most basic of human adversities can inspire within us an almost superhuman strength. Our weaknesses are simply our untested wings waiting to be flown."
Finally I don't want to leave this review without mentioning how I felt like I was actually in Italy reading this book. That is one of the reasons that I love to read. Authors like Tillie take us on trips that are amazing to beautiful lands. I am fortunate enough to have traveled to Italy, one of our stops was in Florence (Firenze) to visit the Duomo. The Duomo in Florence is spectacular, no words to actually describe it, the cathedral is so beautiful with the baptistery and museum surrounding it. We were fortunate enough to listen to mass in Latin while we were there so imagining a wedding there is a dream come true. The land as Tillie describe it is not over exaggerated. The depth of writing that Tillie has made the feel of the grapes and the vines tangible. You have to listen to the song Sogno by Andrea Bochelli when the book mentions it - the book will take on a whole new dimension - trust me!
Believe it or not, I usually have to brace myself when getting ready to read one of Tillie's books they are so powerful. Because of the subject matter some of her books are down right hard to read as in the Scarred Souls and The Hades Hangman Series but they are so worth it. Highly recommend this and all of Tillie's books.
Thank you Tillie!
While Veil of Vines is a little bit different from her other books you still get that signature writing style that will make you fall in love with this story no matter what book started your obsession with this author. The classic love story about the privilaged girl and the hard working man is one that has been done before, but not as well as Tillie presents this story of how the royals are in Italy and how the courtship and arranged marriages leave love out of the equation (props to picking such a goregous backdrop too. . . It makes my Sicilian heart beat just a bit faster and sigh in appreciation)
The story is full of truly beautiful moments and one I would definitely recommend to anyone who loves a love story with a twist!
Review by @bookluvr964 (follow me on Twitter)
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