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Inspired by Jane Austen's most beloved Pride and Prejudice characters. Discover the romance of Villa Fortuna where Little Italy collides with the country club set ... at a hair salon.
Dr. Elizabeth Fairchild lived an orderly and focused life in Los Angeles until ...
an unexpected death, a questionable inheritance, and an eighty-year-old Mafia vendetta required a trip home to New York City's Little Italy neighborhood in the Bronx. After thirteen years of running from her Italian-American upbringing, Elizabeth dreaded returning to the ethnic world of colorful hand gestures, passionate arguments, and living with her two stereotypical sisters in their rundown apartment above a bakery.
Her plan: get in, take care of business, celebrate Christmas, and then escape as quickly as possible. However, returning to the Bronx assailed the senses like her mother's lasagna. She didn't count on Italian pastry, homemade wine, a beauty parlor, and the enticement of a dashing plastic surgeon known as Michelangelo.
Will Elizabeth flee her childhood home where the foundation of faith and famiglia is so strong? Or will she stay and embrace all the traditions that once embarrassed her? Should she succumb or resist her elder sister's admonishment,"Your home is where your heart is, and we are your heart--marinara, cannolis, the church, and the family! The whole shebang!"
Authors Note: Even more Austenesque than Denial of Conscience and Lucky 13, Villa Fortuna's original plotline has all the elements of a romantic comedy focusing on pride and prejudice. The character's names are changed and I have borrowed some of their characteristics, creating my own tale of hard-won, contemporary love.
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Villa Fortuna Awards:2016 Honorable Mention - Hollywood Book Awards2015 Favorite Modern JAFF - Just Jane 1813About the Author:
Cat Gardiner loves romance and happy endings, history, comedy, and Jane Austen. A member of National League of American Pen Women, Romance Writers of America, and her local chapter TARA, she enjoys writing across the spectrum of Pride and Prejudice inspired romance novels. From the comedic Christmas, Chick Lit Lucky 13, and bad boy biker Darcy in the sultry adventures Denial of Conscience, Guilty Conscience and Without a Conscience, to the romantic comedy Villa Fortuna, these contemporary novels will appeal to many Mr. Darcy lovers. Her first historical fiction P&P release, Undercover, is a sultry Noir.
Her greatest love is writing 20th Century Historical Fiction, WWII-era Romance. Her debut novel, A Moment Forever released in 2016.
Married 23 years to her best friend, they are the proud parents of the smartest honor student in the world--their orange tabby, Ollie. Although they live in Florida, they will always be proud native New Yorkers.
Connect with Cat here: * cgardiner1940s.com* twitter.com/40sexperience* twitter.com/VPPressNovels *vanityandpridepress.com
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1517552621