Book review: A Song For Bellafortuna by Vincent B. “Chip” LoCoco

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Book Details:
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Book Title: A Song for Bellafortuna:  An Inspiration Italian Historical Fiction Novel by Vincent B. “Chip” LoCoco
Category:  Adult Fiction, 284 pages
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher: Cefalutana Press
Published: May 2015
Available in:  Print, ebook
Will send books: USA & Canada
Tour dates:  Sept 7 to 25, 2015
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:

A Song for Bellafortuna is an inspirational Italian Historical Fiction novel concerning a young man’s desire to free his Sicilian village from the domination of one family’s long reign.

For years, the beautiful, yet secluded, hilltop village of Bellafortuna, Sicily, was a great producer of wine and olive oil. The entire village prospered. However, after the arrival of the Vasaio family, production dwindles and the villagers soon find themselves in crushing debt to the Vasaios. Only one family in the village remains outside the control of the Vasaios, but the reason haunts Antonio Sanguinetti every day of his life. Antonio is determined to erase this legacy by offering financial and emotional support to his fellow villagers. He introduces them to the choral song from Verdi’s opera, Nabucco, which becomes the rallying cry for the villagers and offers them hope for a better life.

When Antonio’s only son, Giuseppe, discovers his family’s past, he becomes determined to take on the Vasaios and remove them from power. Led by the young Giuseppe, a plan is hatched that could result in either complete freedom for the villagers, or if it fails, forever solidifying the Vasaios’ control. Find out what happens in A Song for Bellafortuna, a sweeping epic historical fiction tale of love, drama, sacrifice, and redemption, set among the beautiful landscape of Sicily.

Where to buy the Book:    Amazon

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Meet the author:  Award winning and bestselling author, Vincent B. “Chip” LoCoco, lives in New Orleans. His first novel, Tempesta’s Dream – A Story of Love, Friendship and Opera, became an Amazon bestselling novel and was awarded the 2014 Pinnacle Achievement Award in Historical Fiction. Amazon also has named his book as a Top Rated Novel in Italian Historical Fiction.His most recent novel, A Song for Bellafortuna, was shortlisted in the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Competition. He is an estate planning attorney in New Orleans, where he lives with his wife and two children.
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Connect with the author:    Website     Twitter    Facebook
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REVIEW:
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The village of Bellafortuna is blessed with beautiful, productive vineyards, a breathtaking location and a people who are not only hardworking but who have a great love for music.
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Giuseppe Sanguinetti is a young man growing up in Bellafortuna.  His love for his village and music endear him to the townspeople.   But at a  young age, Giuseppe is exposed to the reality that not everything is as it should be. Hypocrisy in the village church and the unreasonable demands from the ruling family in the town make life difficult for the poor landowners of Bellafortuna.
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Giuseppe’s father, Antonio is an avid opera lover and he passes on his knowledge and love for music to his son.  Their frequent trips to other parts of Italy expose Giuseppe to the world of opera and unexpectedly, they meet a young Caruso at the beginning of his career.  This chance meeting shapes Giuseppe’s life and leads to his future education as a violinist.
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The storyline of Bellafortuna flows easily with an engaging cast of characters.  The book contains several historical annotions which add another interesting dimension to the book.
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I enjoyed the widespread use of Italian expressions throughout the book and like to think that I learned a bit of Italian!  I did find, however, that the sentence structure was a little choppy due the fact that a good deal of the sentences were very short.  Also, it was a little disconcerting to see modern-day expressions interspersed throughout the story that just didn’t seem to fit in with the historical feel of the book.
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All in all, a sweet read and a nice story.

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