Return to Bella Terra

By Maryann Diorio

About the Book

When she receives word that her mother is terminally ill, Maria Landro Tonetta travels to her Sicilian homeland with her son Nico. She finds herself yearning for the life she once knew as a child on Bella Terra, the family farm, now on the verge of bankruptcy.

Caught between two worlds, Maria dreams of moving back to Sicily with her husband and children to save the farm. When, however, Nico’s biological father unexpectedly appears at Mama’s funeral, Maria faces a new enemy to her dream. But is there an even greater enemy within her own soul?

My Thoughts

What a lovely setting for a book! I loved the cultural references and the trip to Sicily I went on while reading this book. It was great. I found that the story moved quite well and was easy to read. The characters were likable and had strong feelings. I struggled with the Biblical/Christian references being a little overboard and maybe a little forced feeling. I love Christian references in books and when characters live according to their faith and talk about it. However, when it becomes more than normal life and seems like its added to the storyline in a forced/excessive way it becomes rather distasteful. The problems and issues faced in the story are ones everyone can relate to which is excellent. I love the themes of love and family and redemption and forgiveness.

I received a copy of this book from BookCrash. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

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