A Song for Bellafortuna: An Inspirational Italian Historical Fiction Novel

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WINNER OF THE B.R.A.G MEDALLION AWARD IN HISTORICAL FICTION

SHORT LIST FINALIST IN THE WILLIAM FAULKNER-WILLIAM WISDOM WRITING COMPETITION

A Song for Bellafortuna is an inspirational Italian Historical Fiction novel concerning a young man's desire to free his Sicilian village from the domination of one family's long reign. For years, the beautiful, yet secluded, hilltop village of Bellafortuna, Sicily, was a great producer of wine and olive oil. The entire village prospered. However, after the arrival of the Vasaio family, production dwindles and the villagers soon find themselves in crushing debt to the Vasaios. Only one family in the village remains outside the control of the Vasaios, but the reason haunts Antonio Sanguinetti every day of his life. Antonio is determined to erase this legacy by offering financial and emotional support to his fellow villagers. He introduces them to the choral song from Verdi's opera, Nabucco, which becomes the rallying cry for the villagers and offers them hope for a better life. When Antonio's only son, Giuseppe, discovers his family's past, he becomes determined to take on the Vasaios and remove them from power. Led by the young Giuseppe, a plan is hatched that could result in either complete freedom for the villagers, or if it fails, forever solidifying the Vasaios' control. Find out what happens in A Song for Bellafortuna, a sweeping epic historical fiction tale of love, drama, sacrifice, and redemption, set among the beautiful landscape of Sicily. Already listed by Amazon as a Top New Release in Historical Fiction and Italian Historical Fiction. The novel has been called lyrical, intelligent, majestic, magical, powerful and compelling. Here are some advance reviews. Vincent B. LoCoco writes a heartwarming piece of historical fiction . . . He captured the essence of the Sicilian culture, especially regarding the value of ancestry and music . . . A Song For Bellafortuna is a beautiful tale of antiquity." - Readers Favorite 5 Star Review "The book was a joy to read. It is a wonderful story, told in a magical way." -Cavaliere Ufficiale Aldo Mancusi, President of the Enrico Caruso Museum of America in New York "An inspiring story of an Italian village threatened by commerce and saved by opera." -John Biguenet, author of The Torturer's Apprentice and Oyster Categories: Italian Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, European Historical Fiction, Biographical Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Romance, Women's Historical Fiction, Opera Music

Product Details

Price
$14.00  $12.88
Publisher
Cefalutana Press
Publish Date
May 07, 2015
Pages
320
Dimensions
5.98 X 0.72 X 9.02 inches | 1.04 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780972882446
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About the Author

Award winning and bestselling author, Vincent B. "Chip" LoCoco, lives in New Orleans. His first novel, Tempesta's Dream - A Story of Love, Friendship and Opera, became an Amazon bestselling novel and was awarded the 2014 Pinnacle Achievement Award in Historical Fiction. Amazon also has named his book as a Top Rated Novel in Italian Historical Fiction. His most recent novel, A Song for Bellafortuna, was shortlisted in the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Competition. He is an estate planning attorney in New Orleans, where he lives with his wife and two children. Visit him at www.vincentlococo.com.

Reviews

"Vincent B. "Chip" LoCoco's transports readers to small town Italy in his stunning new book A Song for Bellafortuna. The book is one part tribute to the beauty of Sicilian rural lands and one part suspenseful drama. . . an outstanding achievement by an Italian American with a passion for Sicily. The intriguing plot not only entertains readers but serves as a conduit to better understand rural life in Sicily." -Primo Magazine "I absolutely adored this book from cover to cover. Everything about it evoked small village Italy. The characters and events were completely believable, as well as memorable, and the book managed to provide me with a strong education in opera . . ." -Historical Novel Society "We are overtaken by these characters and their village 'glistening in its golden glow from the setting sun.' Within these well-crafted pages we find beautiful descriptions of the Sicily and its people LoCoco clearly loves, and the seeds of hope available to all." -John Keahey: Author of Seeking Sicily and Hidden Tuscany Vincent B. LoCoco writes a heartwarming piece of historical fiction . . . He captured the essence of the Sicilian culture, especially regarding the value of ancestry and music . . . A Song For Bellafortuna is a beautiful tale of antiquity."- Readers Favorite 5 Star Review "... Vincent B. "Chip" LoCoco again takes the reader on a figurative and literal journey through Italy in a spellbinding, historical fiction novel of a young man's desire to free his Sicilian village from the domination of one family's long reign . . .If you are interested in all things Italian; if you are interested in human relationships; if you are intrigued by the states of the human dimension; if music or opera are your loves, A Song For Bellafortuna is a must-read." -Italian American Digest "The author paints a picture of the era before motorcars, when agriculture provided the most employment. One gets the feeling of the slower pace of life. Journeys take longer. Distances feel greater. . .The author has a stylized voice, giving the book a fairytale feeling." -Italophile Book Reviews