A mother, her son , and the man who threatens to come between them . . .
When Maria Landro Tonetta receives word that Mama is terminally ill, Maria travels to her Sicilian homeland with her son Nico. She finds herself yearning for the life she once knew as a child on Bella Terra, the family farm, now on the verge of bankruptcy. Caught between two worlds, Maria dreams of moving back to Sicily with her husband and children to save the farm.
When, however, Nico’s biological father unexpectedly appears at Mama’s funeral, Maria faces a new enemy to her dream.
But is there an even greater enemy within her own soul?
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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 two latest releases are PENELOPE PUMPERNICKEL: PRECOCIOUS PROBLEM-SOLVER, a humorous chapter book for six-to-ten-year children and POEMS FOR ALL SEASONS, a compilation of MaryAnn's poetry. POEMS FOR ALL SEASONS marks the debut of a new poetic form created by MaryAnn and called the "Diorion," named after her husband's family surname. This new form alone is worth the purchase price of the book.
MaryAnn's latest novel, IN BLACK AND WHITE, is a powerful love story between a white woman and a black man. She has also written THE ITALIAN CHRONICLES Trilogy, including Book 1: THE MADONNA OF PISANO, Book 2: A SICILIAN FAREWELL, and Book 3: RETURN TO BELLA TERRA. 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 is currently working on a novel on racism titled IN BLACK AND WHITE. It is scheduled for release in 2019.
MaryAnn has also authored nine children’s books: POEMS FOR WEE ONES, 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.
MaryAnn is married to her awesome husband Dominic, a retired ER physician. They have two amazing adult daughters, a wonderful son-in-law, and six rambunctious grandchildren. When not writing, MaryAnn loves to read, paint, and play the piano, cello, and guitar. She also loves to make up silly songs for her grandchildren.