Daughter Of Mine

Daughter Of Mine

by Laura Fabiani

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Overview

In this engrossing novel Tiziana Manoretti is an only child in her late twenties blessed with loving parents, a promising career, and a best friend who fiercely protects her. When her mother falls seriously ill and the relationship between her parents becomes suddenly strained, a carefully hidden family secret is revealed and Tiziana's seemingly idealistic world is turned upside down.

After discovering she was born in a Naples orphanage and subsequently given up for adoption, Tiziana sets out for the small town of Gaeta in an attempt to find her birth parents. Meanwhile, her best friend Christopher is sending her mixed messages, causing her to wonder if there is more to their relationship than just companionship. As she becomes intertwined with a handful of interesting characters who help her uncover her past, Tiziana needs to decide whether her feelings for Christopher are deeper than she realizes. She discovers herself and others all while her family's resilience and love for one another is tested when confronted with a shocking truth.

The answers lie in a box found in a closet in Italy, and Tiziana must determine if she wants to embrace the heartache and the pain from her past in order to learn forgiveness and find peace in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595478576
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/10/2008
Series: Rising Star Series
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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Daughter Of Mine 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Novelreaction on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tiziana Manoretti is shocked when, as the only child of her parents, she is informed that she was adopted when a medical emergency threatens her mother¿s life. So begins the journey of Tiz to discover who she is and where she comes from, which leads her from the shores of Canada to sunny Italy. As Tiz is getting closer to the answer, suspicious events start happening and no-one will tell her the truth. To make matters worth, Tiz¿s best friend Chris has been sending signals that he wants to change their relationship to be something more. Just when Tiz is starting to think about pursuing a new relationship with Chris, she meets an intriguing and sophisticated Italian man who is taking an interest in her.Daughter of Mine by Laura Fabiani is a great novel of self-discovery and the power relationships have. Fabiani¿s description of the Italian countryside is magical, it makes me want to hop on a plane and fly there immediately. However, the dark undercurrents in the beautiful setting kept me hooked sitting on the edge of my seat as Tiz fought against the roadblocks in her way. I also loved the relationship with Chris, where a best-friend relationship moves into something more with both parties unsure about how to progress and fearing the change will hurt their existing relationship.Fabiani beautifully explores what it means to be family and the lengths people are willing to go to protect their family from secrets that they mistakenly believe will hurt individuals. Also, the lengths individuals will go to learn those secrets and how the heart has the capacity to love. Great read and I recommend it!
Myckyee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tiziana Manoretti is a successful young engineering technologist who lives with her parents and leads a happy, active life until she discovers a long-held secret about her origins. She feels betrayed and angry, and decides to go on a trip to Italy, and specifically Gaeta, the village where she was born. There Tiziana hopes to find some answers and reflect on the revelations recently gleaned from her parents. While there she wastes no time in meeting new people and experiencing the local cuisine and culture.This novel contains romance, suspense, humour and a hint of mystery. The chapters are fairly short and the plot moves along at a fair pace; it kept my interest. Occasionally, I found elements of the story a bit hard to believe but certainly not enough to hinder enjoyment of it. The characters are distinctive and well developed, and although I did find a few of the physical descriptions of the males slightly `cookie-cutter-ish¿, the character of Giacomino (a man whose mother tries to find appropriate and newly arrived tourists to marry her son) lent quite a humorous touch. The descriptions of Naples, Rome and Gaeta were vivid, colourful and made reading the novel feel like one had recently visited the country. I also enjoyed reading about the local cuisine and life in Italy where... ¿¿Italians sped, ran through red lights, and honked other drivers out of their way, hurrying along to jobs where service to the public was always in slow mode.¿ Daughter of Mine is a charming, engaging novel complete with several twists and turns to keep the reader¿s interest. Anticipation of what will happen next also keeps the pages turning and ends the story with a satisfying conclusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The basis of the story is finding love and where you belong! It's a pleasant read, plot is easy to follow, and characters likable. This is the second book of this author that I have read! I would definately read another of her books.
NovelReaction More than 1 year ago
Tiziana Manoretti is shocked when, as the only child of her parents, she is informed that she was adopted when a medical emergency threatens her mother's life. So begins the journey of Tiz to discover who she is and where she comes from, which leads her from the shores of Canada to sunny Italy. As Tiz is getting closer to the answer, suspicious events start happening and no-one will tell her the truth. To make matters worth, Tiz's best friend Chris has been sending signals that he wants to change their relationship to be something more. Just when Tiz is starting to think about pursuing a new relationship with Chris, she meets an intriguing and sophisticated Italian man who is taking an interest in her. Daughter of Mine by Laura Fabiani is a great novel of self-discovery and the power relationships have. Fabiani's description of the Italian countryside is magical, it makes me want to hop on a plane and fly there immediately. However, the dark undercurrents in the beautiful setting kept me hooked sitting on the edge of my seat as Tiz fought against the roadblocks in her way. I also loved the relationship with Chris, where a best-friend relationship moves into something more with both parties unsure about how to progress and fearing the change will hurt their existing relationship. Fabiani beautifully explores what it means to be family and the lengths people are willing to go to protect their family from secrets that they mistakenly believe will hurt individuals. Also, the lengths individuals will go to learn those secrets and how the heart has the capacity to love. Great read and I recommend it!