The Sicilian Nobleman's Daughter

The Sicilian Nobleman's Daughter

by Florence Calderone Blake

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The Sicilian Nobleman's Daughter by Florence Calderone Blake

IN THIS POWERFUL MEMOIR, FLORENCE CALDERONE BLAKE RELIVES HER CHILDHOOD OF ABUSE, STARVATION, AND EVEN ATTEMPTED MURDER AT HER MOTHER'S HANDS.

"The Sicilian Nobleman's Daughter" is the story of Giovanni Calderone's family. As a young artilleryman in World War I, Giovanni distinguishes himself for valor and receives from King Victor Emanuel III the noble title of Cavalier. As a member of the richest family in Casteltermini, Italy, Giovanni stands to inherit major holdings in a sulfur mine, gristmill, palaces, and real estate. He weds a beautiful, penniless orphan, Maria, who despises him and his obnoxious kin, but who has no say in the arrangement as one dares not turn down Don Angelo Calderone's son. As Fascism gains power, Mussolini poises to seize Don Calderone's possessions. Giovanni's choice is to join the Fascists or to join their adversaries the Mafia. He chooses neither, but takes his family to America, thereby relinquishing all his financial interests. In America, without English, he can only do menial factory labor. His family goes from riches to rags. His youngest daughter, Florence, strongly resembles her father and thus becomes the target of her mother's contempt. The girl survives several attempts on her life, rebels against her mother's tyranny, and finally finds and embraces Christ. Maria contracts a terminal illness. In his perfect timing, God sends a volunteer to invite her to a Billy Graham Crusade in nearby New York City. After Maria's death, Giovanni reveals astonishing secrets Florence has long suspected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632324726
Publisher: Redemption Press
Publication date: 06/02/2014
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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MLEE55 More than 1 year ago
"The Sicilian Nobleman's Daughter" is a great book with all the elements for a good story. There is excitement, intrigue, love, hate, danger, and a great faith! The story deals with dark and heavy topics in a clean, child-like perspective. Many times while reading this book I was impressed with the writer's ability to tell a gut-wrenching turn of events with objectivity and seemingly detached calmness. Yet, Ms. Blake never failed to make me "feel her pain". I believe readers will appreciate the story for a myriad of reasons. I laughed and cried and marveled at God's Great Grace at work. This would be a wonderful gift to Believers and Unbelievers alike. I highly recommend and totally enjoyed "The Sicilian Nobleman's Daughter
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MissionaryTP More than 1 year ago
It's difficult to know what to say about The Sicilian Nobleman's Daughter. It is a well-written autobiography and gripping. To term it "a quick read" is to confess that it is a difficult story to put down. Florence (Flo) Blake has carefully gathered together the events of her tumultuous life, and laid them, bald-faced, before her readers. Flo's story is, at one and the same time, both tragic and wonderful. The tragedy is not in such natural occurrences as earthquakes and accidents, but in the too-difficult-to-fathom depths of man's depravity. Nor is hers a story of cruelty dealt by malevolent strangers, but of deliberate torment at the hands of those who should have loved her most. Yet, even in the midst of events that confirm more than ever the righteousness of God's holy wrath towards sin, we find the wonders of His grace and love displayed. There is no other explanation for the faith God brings to fruition in Flo's heart and the love that paints flowers here and there amidst the broken path of her life. To walk alongside as Flo relates the waypoints of her journey is to be saddened by the nightmare she lived. To those of us raised in homes where decency and love are the norm and stark poverty is a third-world issue, the life spread before us in the pages of her book is not easy to come to grips with. We understand that evil exists, but as those who know of true combat only from movies, we fail in trying to comprehend the whole of her experience. Only those who have lived it can truly know it. Yet, again, there is light to be seen. From behind stark scenes, it peeks out suddenly in Flo's wry humor. Its beams slice obliquely through incomprehensible passages, revealing in sudden brightness the sovereign hand of God's marvelous workings as He turns the story in accordance with His will. The people in Flo's narrative are real and difficult to deal with. The Nobleman may puzzle you; the brothers will infuriate you; and if we may be excused for using the term, the "villain" in the story will make you long for God's justice. Yet (once more), it is His grace that shines in the beautiful, closing words, "And someday in heaven, I expect to see a saint I call.." At the conclusion of a history of tragedy, The Sicilian Nobleman's Daughter leaves us rejoicing with no little amount of awe in the goodness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.
jmtach_hart More than 1 year ago
I began reading the book on the recommendation by a friend. I was intrigued by the history of Flo's parents. It was presented in a captivating manner; I almost felt like I was watching a movie. The plot began to thicken as I read about the drama surrounding their immigration to America and the horror of leaving a child behind in Sicily. This seeming abandonment obviously impacted Flo's mother in horrible ways. Flo's childhood was terribly painful - worse than I could imagine possible. I wished that I could run to her rescue, but could not. This troubled childhood extended into teenage years and did not improve until delivered by marriage. Throughout the book, Florence Blake makes reference to how God helped, intervened, and sustained her in all her difficulties. Sometimes God delivered her; sometimes He sustained her. But never did He forsake her. Ms. Blake gives testimony to God's mercy and grace and praises Him for His miraculous working. Ms. Blake writes in an easy style. No dictionary is required to read the book. However, it is written well with great professionalism. I highly recommend this book to your adult friends and some teenage friends. (This recommendation does not extend to small children because of the horror of activities that happened to her during childhood.)