Nicola Italia knows how to take a reader back in time and enjoy the lives of the characters. This time in Seasons of Love, she takes us to Tampa, Florida to the Italian section of the city where we meet three sisters. Part one, or as I like to call it, the first novella, concentrates on Rosalia, who is the middle sister. Rosa is the quiet one. The one that helps at church. The one who is quiet and shy, the one who falls in love with a man soon to join the priesthood.
Part two, or as I like to call it, the second novella, is about the youngest sister, Angelina, who is a feisty teenager who loves the movies and everything that is modern. She silently meets a man from Cuba who sweeps her off her feet. But is he really a good person?
Then there is oldest sister Giovanna in part three, or as I like to call it, the final novella. Giovanna is the oldest of the three sisters. It seems like she is never going to find a husband. She works in a cigar factory as a roller and she also teaches English at the local Italian Club where she meets Carlos who runs the club and also Giorgio who owns his own grocery store. Two very different men
Nicola is a great literary romance writer. She is a storyteller who brings the readers into the story with the characters where they lose themselves in what is happening. She has a way of making readers lose track of time and go back in time. I find literary romances very enjoyable and love going back in time experiencing what it might have been like before I was born. If you like going back in time, and like a good romance, pick up one of Nicola’s books. You won’t be disappointed.
During the time of the Great War, one Italian immigrant family struggles to find their place in the United States. The three Leone sisters love and care for each other, but each is distinctly different and looks for their own niche in the changing world around them.
Rosalia is the middle sister, devoted to her family and God. When she falls in love with the shy and kind Dan, it is against his mother’s wishes. His family tradition dictates Dan must join the priesthood, but in his heart, he wants nothing more than to take Rosa as his bride. But how can Rosa, who puts so much importance on God and family, ask him to turn his back on both?
Blond with blue eyes, Angelina is the baby of the family. Modern and wild, she throws herself into the make-believe world of silent films and longs for the same romantic love she sees on screen. When her heart is dazzled by a handsome Cuban, she doesn’t realize that he hides a dark secret from her until it is too late.
The only sister to have been born in Sicily, Giovanna is a blend of traditional and modern values. She works in the local cigar factory as an esteemed roller and teaches English at the local Italian Club. While she longs for a family of her own, she has yet to find the right man—until two vastly different men appear in her life, and she must choose between the steadfast Giorgio and the brash and charismatic Carlo.
Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat