by Rosanna Chiofalo
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Carissima 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MomcatKL More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. My one word description would be “delightful.” I’m ready to spend time in Astoria, New York and Rome Italy eating, shopping, and experiencing the culture. The author does great job creating a very real sense of place. In addition, the major characters are all well developed. The story is told in alternating chapters from the point of view of the two main characters, Pia, a young woman interning for the summer at a celebrity magazine and Francesca, a retired Italian star of the silver screen. Both woman have a strong voice as they tell their intertwined story and slowly share the secrets of their past. I was amazed at how quickly I was immersed in the story and how hard it was to put down. Pia put her life on hold three years ago when her younger sister died. She is finally pursuing her dream of becoming a journalist by interning at a magazine in New York for the summer. It is definitely an eye-opening experience (think The Devil Wore Prada). She is living with her aunt who immigrated from Italy many years ago and now runs an Italian bakery in Astoria, New York. Shortly after Pia arrives a rumor spread through the neighborhood that a retired famous movie star, Francesca Donata has been seen at the local “mansion” (nicest home in the area). The rumors are true. Francesca is visiting her estranged sister in hopes of reconciling. Pia runs into an attractive young man, Gregory, one evening as he is leaving the house. He turns out to be the son of an artist who painted Francesca years ago. Francesca wants Gregory to paint her portrait. Pia and Gregory begin dating and with his help Pia arranges to interview Francesca for the magazine. Pia hopes this will be the big break that sets off her career. Through much heartbreak and coming to grips with the past both women are able to move on with their lives and find forgiveness and love. Disclosure: I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed in this book. I read the author's frist book and enjoyed it. The characters were annoying and the story line was silly. I finished the book, thinking it would get better but it didn't. The ending was also very disappointing. Would not recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Bella Fortuna and loved it. I could not wait to read a second book by this author. I absolutely loved Carissima. Being of Italian heritage and growing up in Astoria, Queens made it easy to relate and really enjoy this book. I highly recommend both books.
Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
Pia Santore always dreamed of visiting New York with her sister Erica. Unfortunately, her sister passed away before Pia’s dreams were realized. Now alone in New York, she has a difficult time moving forward with her life. When she lands an exclusive interview with the movie star, Francesca Donata, a whole new world is opened up for her. As she travels to Francesca’s home in Rome, and learns the inner details of her past, Pia must come to terms with her loss in order to open herself up for true love. This is Rosanna Chiofalo’s second novel. As with the first book, the story is filled with intricate details, which allows readers to enjoy all the sights and tastes of NY and Italy. There is a slow start to the plot as the characters are introduced and get to know one another, but the emotions will be felt by the readers right away. Fans of the Italian-American culture will appreciate Rosanna Chiofalo’s writing. Notes: The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review was originally posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.
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Bukgoddess More than 1 year ago
Pia Santore has always wanted to be a journalist and eventually publish her own magazine; however, unforeseen tragedy has kept her from fulfilling her dream.  Finally, determined to gain the experience she needs Pia has chosen to leave her California home and all she holds familiar to travel to the big city of New York and take on a summer internship at the famously known Profile magazine.  Feeling dissatisfied with the work assigned to her thus far and the cold shoulder attitude she has received by co-workers, leads Pia to wonder if she has made the right decision and should return home.  While contemplating these thoughts, Pia notices a commotion one evening upon her return from work upon walking to the home of her aunt where she happens to be spending the summer.  A crowd of neighbors clustered in front of the gates of the famous Mussolini Mansion, the one oddity in the predominately-Italian suburb of Astoria.  An excited stir has arisen at the possibility of the secret arrival of the elusive Italian film super-star and sex goddess Francesca Donata also known lovingly to her star-struck fans as “Carissima”.  The famed movies star, now in her fifties who had mysteriously dropped from the limelight she so highly craved over fifteen years ago could not possibly be in this small town.  Perhaps fate is at last intervening and will provide Pia with the chance of a lifetime interview which would certainly set her career skyrocketing!  Although Pia manages a chance encounter with the still dazzling silver screen star, which does not go well, first impressions leave both headstrong and opinionated women slim chances to meet again as Francesca, refuses to grant Pia an interview.  Pia finds she may still stand a chance for her career-defining interview if she can convince the handsome Gregory Hewson a struggling artist who Pia discovers also happens to carry a secret family tie to Francesca.  Feeling guilty, Pia in her hunger for journalistic success will even allow herself to beg Gregory to come to her aid and use his familiarity to plead her case in obtaining the elusive interview.  Manipulative to the end Francesca also has her own agenda and finds fate may also be intervening in her cause as she finds one struggling journalist thrown in her path.  Carissima is a story of secrets and loss and unresolved dreams of love.  Rosanna Chiofalo returns with her second well-written and heartwarming tale that also provides the reader with a return visit to the Astoria neighborhood of her preview publication Bella Fortuna and the colorful characters who reside there.