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Villa Mirabella

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  • Posted July 3, 2010

    An uplifting story!

    Rising star Jason Mirabella was on top of the world. As the marketing guru for an up and coming medical device company in California, he had it all: plenty of money, a luxurious apartment, a flashy car, and his boss' gorgeous daughter for his girlfriend. Then one bad decision costs him everything. Finding himself one morning curled up on a mattress on the floor of his now otherwise empty apartment, Jason faces some hard truths. Out of work, out of money, and out of options, Jason decides to go home.

    Home is Providence, RI, where Jason's father owns a declining bed-and-breakfast. Jason's brother and sister, who help their father run the business, are not happy with their father's decision to welcome Jason back home and offer him a position at the inn. Jason isn't all that thrilled with the idea at first, either, but with no other options available to him, he decides to give it a try and gradually regains his faith in himself and his abilities. But something continues to haunt his thoughts, and it takes a life-threatening experience in Providence and a return trip to California for him to really come to terms with his disastrous past and make the necessary decisions to move forward with his life.

    This was a heartwarming story of family, love, and redemption. I really enjoyed watching Jason's character evolve and the byplay between Jason and his family was both entertaining and endearing. The insight Mr. Pezelli gives the reader into the Mirabella's boisterous Italian family, neighborhood, and lifestyle is a pleasure to experience. This is definitely a book I would recommend to others as a captivating read with an uplifting, happy ending. I give Villa Mirabella 4 paws!

    ***FTC Disclosure: This book was provided in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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  • Posted February 28, 2010

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    Enjoyable light read

    Enjoyable to read cuddled up under a quilt with a nice cup of tea while the wind blows and the rain falls. Jason, the main character, is believable and became more likeable as the story unfolded. Leaving his family for the glittering façade of California's business scene, like many, he finds himself expendable. Once the wealthy young rising star, his disgrace causes his opulent lifestyle to rapidly disappear, including the physically attractive and shallow Amanda. Returning home broke and disillusioned, he slowly faces his mistakes. The family dynamics kept the story from being overly sweet and trite. Would be that everyone has a dad like Giulio!

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