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On Sale August 27, 2013!

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From Rosanna Chiofalo comes a sumptuous new novel that sweeps readers from the Italian-American enclave of Astoria, New York, to the stunning vistas of Rome, and introduces two very different women - in a story of friendship, love, and destiny...

In college, Pia Santore had dreamed of going to New York and taking the Big Apple by storm with her younger sister Erica. Instead, Pia has arrived in Astoria, Queens, with a prestigious journalism internship at a celebrity magazine...and without Erica. Though the neighborhood has an abundance of appeal - including the delectable confections sold at her Aunt Antoniella's bakery - the pain of losing Erica a few years ago still feels fresh.

Pia's arrival coincides with an unexpected sighting. Italian movie icon Francesca Donata is rumored to be staying nearby, every bit as voluptuous and divaesque as in her heyday. With the help of a handsome local artist with ties to Francesca's family, Pia convinces the legend to grant her a series of interviews - even traveling to her house in Rome. In the eternal city, Pia begins to unearth the truth behind the star's fabled romances and tangled past. And here too, where beauty and history mingle in every breathtaking view, and hope shimmers in the Trevi fountain and on the Spanish Steps, Pia gradually learns how to love and when to let go. For when in Rome, you may find your carrisima - your dearest one - and you may even find yourself...

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Fantastico! I couldn't put it down!


What a glorious novel this is. It's a celebration of life, love and unlikely friendship through the eyes of two very different women. Yet their similarities bind them together and will endear them to readers long after the last page is turned. Bravissima for Carissima!


Bella Fortuna

Published on August 28, 2012 and is available wherever books are sold!

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Set in New York and Venice, Bella Fortuna explores the dynamics of first love, friendship, betrayal, loss, forgiveness, and just how much control we really have over our own destiny.

Thirty-year-old Valentina DeLuca always thought she was cursed when it came to love. To add insult to injury, Valentina designs and sews knockoff designer gowns in the bridal boutique she owns with her mother and two sisters. After making countless Bridezillas’ dreams come true, this year is Valentina’s year to finally tie the knot. Engaged to Michael Carello, Valentina has had a secret crush on Michael since she was a little girl. She can’t believe she’s really marrying Michael and in her favorite city in the world—Venice! But as Valentina is about to discover, the road to blissful matrimony will be paved with many bumps and having the perfect wedding is much harder than she ever dreamed.
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