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Bianca's Vineyard [Kindle Edition]

Teresa Neumann
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Book Description

Bianca Corrotti’s vineyard is more than a piece of mouth-watering real estate in Tuscany. It’s an inheritance; a storehouse harboring the secrets of her Uncle Egisto, a world-class sculptor, and his troubled wife -- a woman whose destiny converges with Mussolini’s when WWII overtakes them all. Based on a true story, Bianca’s Vineyard follows a devoted family of strong-willed men and lion-hearted women waging an epic battle against a gathering storm intent on destroying their lives.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 608 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Publisher: All's Well House; 1 edition (11 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C05AI6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #424,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars World War II, A Vineyard and An Italian Family 11 May 2015
By VicG
Format:Paperback
Teresa Neumann in her new book, “Bianca’s Vineyard” published by All’s Well House introduces us to Bianca Corrotti.

From the back cover: Bianca Corrotti’s vineyard is more than a piece of mouth-watering real estate in Tuscany. It’s an inheritance; a storehouse harboring the secrets of her Uncle Egisto, a world-class sculptor, and his troubled wife — a woman whose destiny converges with Mussolini’s when WWII overtakes them all. Based on a true story, Bianca’s Vineyard follows a devoted family of strong-willed men and lion-hearted women waging an epic battle against a gathering storm intent on destroying their lives.

Both of my grandfathers came over to America from Italy. So whenever I see a book about Italians that has absolutely nothing with organized crime I am all in for it. And I was not disappointed. “Bianca’s Vineyard” cries out to be made into a four hour two-part made-for TV-movie, that’s how good it is. This is an exciting story! Of course there is a vineyard. Yes, this story takes place during World War II and Mussolini. And Yes, there is romance. But the heart and soul of this book is the family. What holds everyone together as they make their mistakes, have their triumphs and live through their sorrows is the sense of family. “Bianca’s Vineyard” is epic, there are lots of characters in this book to keep you interested which only makes sense as this is based on a real life family. There is plenty of action and suspense to keep you interested as well. I recommend this book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Italy Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Historical Story 3 May 2015
Format:Paperback
This novel promises a yarn about Bianca Corrotti inheriting a vineyard in Tuscany, Italy, which holds many secrets about her Uncle Egisto and his wife, the primary setting being Mussolini’s Italy during the first half of the twentieth century. Author Teresa Neumann dedicates it to her mother-in-law Babe, “a true Bertozzi,” and opens with a biblical quote involving Job’s daughters. The family tree that also introduces the story is, however, somewhat confusing, the plot itself commencing in 2001 with 88-year-old Bianca, a widow whose husband Danilo died years ago, and her Uncle Egisto did so as well in 1974.

Part I of the novel introduces Egisto in Ripa, Toscano, Italia in 1913, who makes sculptures for the deceased, the anarchist political ideology being prevalent at the time on the eve of the First World War, with Egisto loving a woman named Marietta, although Egisto himself isn’t particularly religious and yearns for a marriage outside the Catholic Church, their relationship consequentially seen as forbidden. Egisto does eventually marry another woman named Armida, with whom he had spent a drunken evening, although he forgets not his prior relationship with his initial love. Part II sees Egisto and Armida immigrating to America, settling in St. Paul, Minnesota, the action in the second section occurring from 1923 to 1930.

Armida eventually discovers letters written by her husband involving Marietta, for whom he still has feelings, and proves one of the many things that drives her to insanity and confinement into a mental institution for a few months. Part III involves Armida’s eventual return to Italy, at which time Benito Mussolini is taking power. Part IV occurs during the Second World War, Part V in its last two years, and Part VI in 1946.
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This fictional account, written as a memoir, is based on a true story.
The Author, Teresa Neumann, has blended together a present day timeframe with a time far past She has effectively done so with a smooth flow throughout the various periods of time.

In her account of the challenging years surrounding World War 11, the reader receives an enlightening, yet heartbreaking, mental picture of that devastating time of history. Those of us who have not had to experience the sorrows and destruction of war areas, need to daily count our blessings!

This tale of a segment of an Italian family, generations later, comes from America to unite with those left in Italy. The couple was fortunate to have an elderly family member - Bianca - remember the stories of their heritage when their great grandfather lived in Italy and the happenings from that time on.

The Book Cover does not truly capture the essence of the story but is attractive and appealing. The Title could attract more attention with a few more words added. It does relate to the tale. The story lulls slightly in a few places and does contain some profanity.

*This book was sent to me in exchange for an HONEST review, of which I have given.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful family saga set in Italy 21 May 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
Bianca's Vineyard is a sweeping family saga. I found the setting and time period fascinating. This is an engrossing read - and a real treat.

Although there is romance in this novel, at heart it is a wonderfully old fashioned family saga. I loved reading the story of the family, and the strong family ties that held them together. It is even more intriguing because it was based on a true story.

The family tree in the front of the book was very helpful in keeping track of the characters. (I only wish it could have been expanded further.) Although the heart of the story is the WWII years, the book spans from 1913 to 2001, so there are many wonderful characters to get to know.

The descriptions in this book are vivid, and the characterizations are layered with depth. The author has a gift for helping the reader to feel that they are there. This book would make an amazing movie - or miniseries!

If you enjoy historical fiction, books about Italy, or family sagas, you will love Bianca's Vineyard. I recommend it highly. Only one warning -- it will fill you with a longing to visit Italy and see the country where this novel was set!
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