Friday, November 18, 2016

In America by Nina Romano

In America
(Wayfarer Trilogy #3)
by Nina Romano

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Just released: July 19, 2016
Publisher: Turner
Genre: Historical
Hardback: 324 pages
Rating: 4

Wayfarer Trilogy:
The Secret Language of Women
Lemon Blossoms
In America

First sentence(s):
Since the day I made my First Communion when I was five, in the lacy dress that looked like a wedding ensemble with veil included, I attended Mass with Mamma or Papa or both of them in Our Lady of Angels.

Beautiful, headstrong Marcella Scimenti has the affection of a handsome neighborhood boy, the love of her large Italian family, and serious dreams of singing in Hollywood. But the course of true love―nor the journey to finding one’s true self―never did run smooth. In America follows the story of Marcella, the daughter of the characters at the center of Nina Romano’s continent-spanning Wayfarer Trilogy, as she comes of age in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in the late 1920s. In the trilogy’s heartwarming conclusion, Marcella must learn to balance new friendships, promising suitors, and life as a modern working girl with the expectations of her tradition-bound family, all against the backdrop of a looming economic depression and a changing world. Along the way, she unearths a devastating family secret that shakes her to her core and tests the boundaries of her love, loyalty, and faith.

My two-bits:

Although the 3rd book in a series, this books works alright as a standalone.

This family saga tells the story from the viewpoint of two family members, a father and daughter.

Set in the 1920s, the customs and signs of the times are present. The family is Italian and many scenes include delicious sounding meals with lots of yummy dishes described.

The experiences of an independent female protagonist, Marcella, makes her endearing and fun to follow along her journey in life.

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* review copy courtesy of publisher

3 comments:

  1. My mother was born in the early 20's and I remember some of the neat things she told me long ago about her childhood (she even showed me how to dance The Charleston and another one called 'The Black Bottom') <3 Sounds like a wonderful story!

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  2. Also to add, I think you would really enjoy a novel called Chickie by Elenore Meherin (wish I still had mom's old copy) - the social mores & interplay are so different from today!

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  3. I don't think I've come across this series, but I do like the description of a twenties era gal from an Italian family making her way.

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