Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Bianca's Vineyard
Please join Teresa Neumann as she tours the blogosphere for Bianca's Vineyard with HF Virtual Book Tours from August 11-26, and enter to win a Kindle eBook!
Publication Date: November 12, 2010
All's Well House Publishing
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
Bianca Corrottiís vineyard is more than a piece of mouth-watering real estate in Tuscany. Itís an inheritance; a storehouse harboring the secrets of her Uncle Egisto Bertozzi, a world-class sculptor, and his troubled wife ó a woman whose destiny converges with Mussoliniís when WWII overtakes them all. Based on a true story, Biancaís 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.
"Biancaís Vineyard is many things: a striking portrait of wartime Italy under the Fascist reign of Benito Mussolini; a poignant story of family, torn apart and brought back together in the decades that spanned the Second World War; a love letter to the Tuscan countryside through its downfall and triumph. But beneath the lush descriptions of the Italian wine country and the startling brutality of a gruesome war that left a lasting impression on the entire world, itís a story about forgiveness and second chances, and true love that prevails. The novel, ultimately, is a beautifully descriptive piece of historical fiction that spans nearly ninety years of one familyís history, focusing on one of the most pivotal moments of the twentieth century. The plot twists and turns with all of the provocative intrigue of family lore, but never fails to delight." -- The Portland Review
"Bianca's Vineyard is involving and smoothly written, which is not surprising because Neumann is a journalist. Her dialogue is crisp and believable, and her evocation of the battle between partisans and Nazis is painful to read. Most of all, her story is of the secrets, compassion, family loyalty and long memories of people in small villages." -- St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Filled with drama and mystery, this page turner will have you longing for a vineyard of your own. Recommended for readers of historical fiction with lush settings and fans of family sagas." -- JoAnne Drake, Willamette Woman Magazine
Biancaís Vineyard is beautifully written and is rich in culture and complex characters. Neumann gives you a realistic picture of what people went through during the war and how they survived a terrible force bent on destroying everything they have worked hard for and loved. I highly recommend this story! You will fall in love with it the moment you start the first page. Five Stars! -- Historical Novel Society, Layered Pages
"Teresa Neumann's wonderful novel, born in the contemporary history of Italy, has the impact that only a true and deeply human story could deliver. This is no fluffy Under the Tuscan Sun affirmation of all the cliches about Italy that you've read in recent years. Yes, the long family table under the sun, the wine and the wonderful Italian food, and the charming Italian eccentricity are all there Ö but this book is a riveting human story told by a master storyteller. It transcends place and time. With the instincts of a detective, Neumann investigated the tangled and often missing threads of a family story that found its way through the decades down to her. She has created a story that a absorbs, stuns, and sometimes overwhelms the reader with its reality and immediacy." -- Dick Paetzke, Author of Postcards: Little Letters From Life
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About the Author
Teresa Neumann was raised in a large, boisterous Irish-Catholic family from Iowa and is the author of "Bianca's Vineyard," and its sequel, "Domenico's Table." Both books are based on the true stories of her husband's Italian family in Tuscany. She has lived in Oregon for over 30 years with her husband and three children. In addition to enjoying family, writing, reading, meeting her readers, wine tasting, traveling, and all things Italian, Teresa loves playing the fiddle with other musicians. For more information on Teresa Neumann and her novels please visit her website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
Bianca's Vineyard Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, August 11 Review at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, August 13 Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Thursday, August 14 Review at Beth's Book Reviews
Friday, August 15 Spotlight at What Is That Book About
Tuesday, August 19 Spotlight at Historical Tapestry
Wednesday, August 20 Spotlight at Passages to the Past
Friday, August 22 Review & Interview at Bookish
Tuesday, August 26 Review at Luxury Reading
To win a Kindle eBook of Bianca's Vineyard please complete the Rafflecopter giveaway form below. Two copies are up for grabs. Giveaway is open to US residents only.
Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on August 26th. You must be 18 or older to enter. Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter on August 27th and notified via email. Winner have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.