Book review: Bianca’s Vineyard by Teresa Neumann

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Book Description:

Bianca Corrotti’s vineyard is more than a piece of mouth-watering real estate in Tuscany. It’s an inheritance; a storehouse harboring the secrets of her Uncle Egisto, a world-class sculptor, and his troubled wife — a woman whose destiny converges with Mussolini’s when WWII overtakes them all. Based on a true story,Bianca‘s Vineyard follows a devoted family of strong-willed men and lion-hearted women waging an epic battle against a gathering storm intent on destroying their lives.

Meet the Author:

Teresa Neumann and her musician husband live in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley near their three children. As well as being an author and journalist, Teresa loves to fiddle on her violin and live “la dolce vita” in Italy whenever she can talk her family into going with her.

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Review:

Egisto Bertozzi is a sculptor who must leave his family in Italy to find work in America in order to support his family back home. His family demands that he bring an Italian wife with him and after he refuses to marry his first love in the Church, he is willing to leave on his own until he meets feisty Armida and together they leave for America.

This story (based on true-to-life events) spans several decades when Egisto and Armida raise their family in America until modern times when the family comes together again. A parallel account of his family in Italy follows simulataneously as the threat of war and invasion overtake their peaceful lives.

With Armida’s return to Italy the story becomes tense and precarious in the face of danger from several fronts. I found the historical references to be interesting, I really learned a lot about European politics during WWII in Italy.

I had a few issues trying to keep track of the multitude of characters and needed to refer to the family tree at the beginning of the book. I’m still not sure who the characters are on the front of the book and why the title was chosen as Bianca’s character didn’t really come into play until the second half of the book and as only a secondary character. A small issue.

For those who enjoy Italian history and a good family saga.

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