The dream of a better life for himself and his family drives Luca Tonetta to the American Promised Land with his wife of five years, Maria Landro, and their three children. But the new Promised Land is nothing like what Luca had imagined. Forced to live in a roach-infested tenement house in the seedy section of Brooklyn, he faces the hardships, prejudice, and slanderous assaults of an Italian immigrant torn between two worlds. When Luca is accused of a crime he did not commit, he learns that a dream must die before it can live.
About the Author
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is a widely published, award-winning author of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. She writes riveting, compelling, page-turning fiction that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart. Her latest novel is RETURN TO BELLA TERRA, Book 3 in THE ITALIAN CHRONICLES Trilogy. Book 1 is THE MADONNA OF PISANO (TopNotch Press, 2015) and Book 2 is A SICILIAN FAREWELL (TopNotch Press, 2016). Other works of fiction include: SURRENDER TO LOVE (TopNotch Press, 2015), and A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING (Harbourlight Books, 2012-Winner of the Silver Medal in E-Book Fiction in the 2015 Illumination Book Awards Contest). MaryAnn has also authored eight children’s books: THE DANDELION PATCH (winner of BEST BOOK OF JUVENILE FICTION in the 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards Contest), CANDLE LOVE, TOBY TOO SMALL, DO ANGELS RIDE PONIES? WHO IS JESUS? (Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards), A STUDENT’S GUIDE TO NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, A STUDENT’S GUIDE TO HERMAN MELVILLE, and A STUDENT’S GUIDE TO MARK TWAIN, all published by TopNotch Press. Dr. MaryAnn, as she is affectionately called, is married to Dominic, a retired ER physician. They have two amazing adult daughters,a wonderful son-in-law, and five rambunctious grandchildren. When not writing, MaryAnn loves to read, to paint, and to make up silly songs for her grandchildren.