A horrifying encounter drags soon-to-be-married Maria Landro into the shocking world of religious corruption and an unrelenting village code of honor that threatens to rob her of everything she holds dear. Shunned by the very people who should have embraced her, she withdraws into the confines of Bella Terra, her family’s farm, and remains there for several years--until she is forced to leave to ensure the formal education of her son. In a desperate attempt to protect her child from vicious tongues and malicious hate-mongers, and her family farm from bankruptcy, she determines to seek vengeance against the one who ruined her life. But when Luca Tonetta enters her life, she learns a powerful lesson about forgiveness and grace.
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.