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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In recent times, I have struggled to find a book (historical or otherwise) into which I truly can immerse myself. I was beginning to think that maybe I was burned out from all the reading I have done in the past several years. I am so grateful that I picked up this book and began reading it! It was so impeccably written and completely the kind of story I adore reading.
First of all, I almost hesitate to mention the content advisory. Please note there is some very minimal profanity, but there are no bedroom scenes. In fact, Chrsitian principles are empahasized (or at least Catholic ones). There are also no overly violent scenes.
This book dealt with Italians and Italy prior to and during WWII. As far as I know, I have never read anything about how the war affected the people. I’ve heard of Mussolini, and I understand Fascism was alive and well in the country, but that’s all I know. This book personalized the history. The story became even sweeter when I read the author’s note at the end about this book being based on a true story.
As far as writing style goes, Teresa has that down pat! While I didn’t have the opportunity to read this book in one sitting, I could have. Her writing flows incredibly well, and I must keep her on my short list of authors to read. This work has renewed my hope in well-written literature still exists in this world. On a side note, this is based on a true story, so please don’t come into this expecting a light romantic read.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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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