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, Maria learns a powerful lesson about forgiveness and grace.
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Intense. Gripping. Emotive. Heartrending. And hauntingly beautiful describes 'The Madonna of Pisano' in a nutshell. Not my usual read, I found myself totally intrigued by the beautiful Italian setting and characters in the village of Pisano, Sicily. Inspired by a true story, this novel is a new twist on 'The Scarlet Letter'—guaranteed to break the reader's heart and put it back together again with the glue of forgiveness. Never have I encountered a more courageous heroine than Maria Lando, a beautiful young Italian woman, whose life was changed in an instant by a horrifying encounter. Mature and wise beyond her years, Maria doesn't have a victim's mentality nor does she let what happened to her define her. She's a fighter, loyal to her family, and a wonderful mother, always putting others before herself. Luca Tonetta is your perfect hero...a kind, strong, and godly man, but not infallible and he makes a few errors in his judgement of Maria that made me want to throttle him. Other than that I adored him! lol When I found out that this book is a continuing series with the same characters (although there is a satisfying HEA conclusion), I did something I NEVER do. I immediately went to Amazon and bought the next two books in the series. I wasn't quite ready to let go of Maria, Luca, and all the other characters who played such a dramatic role in this faith-filled story of hope.
MaryAnn Diorio writes an intense story about love, assault, public degradation and the desire for revenge. Maria Landro, a beautiful, innocent woman devoted to saving her family's Sicilian farm, is suddenly attacked by an upstanding figure of the community. She struggles to deal with vicious, wagging tongues as she becomes a public outcast. She maintains her silence. meekly leaves the village when the cost becomes overwhelming. She returns years later with her son Nico seeking vengeance, but then she meets and falls passionately in love with Luca. Tortured by the choice of revealing the truth or forgiving the perpetrator of the crime, there is a great deal at stake. The struggle is dire: she wants to clear her name and give her son a sense of legitimacy, but her newfound love creates a dilemma. This book is beautifully written; characters are fully developed, and emotions are strongly reverberated throughout. I felt as though I knew the characters on a personal level, and I wondered whether Maria had the capacity to forgive.