Monday, July 27, 2015

Tempesta's Dream by Vincent B. Lococo

"Everyone doubted that he would ever return to her. After all, he was an American sailor and it was a well-known fact that those sailors always had a different girl in every port. It was thought by others that she was just another young girl abandoned by her American sailor." Opening Paragraph

NAMED AS A TOP RATED NOVEL IN HISTORICAL FICTION

A BESTSELLING KINDLE NOVEL IN ITALIAN HISTORICAL FICTION

WINNER OF THE 2014 PINNACLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN HISTORICAL FICTION   
     
Synopsis: Tempesta's Dream is the inspirational story of an aspiring opera singer coming of age in Milan; a tender and moving love story; a testament to the bonds of friendship; and, at its core, a tribute to the beauty, majesty and miracle of opera.  Giovanni Tempesta always dreamed of singing at Milan's La Scala Opera House. There's just one small problem -- he's never had formal training or the money to pursue his dream. When he meets the seductive and wealthy Isabella Monterone, he becomes even more determined to become a singer. With the assistance of Alfredo del Monte, a blind, retired opera singer with a secretive past, who resides at the Casa di Riposo in Milan, Giovanni sets out on a quest to hopefully attain his dream. Will his luck turn around? Could Alfredo be the one person who could assist him in finding the break he needs? Or is Giovanni destined to be on the cusp of reaching his life long dream, only to find failure? Find out in this poignant love story; a story of both "amicizia e amore" (friendship and love.) 

Review by Mirella Patzer
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What this novel does well is that it combines the history of opera in Italy, specifically at La Scala di Milano, with a poignant friendship and love story. It covers all the famous opera singers and composers, as well as some Italian history. It is evident the author did a great deal of research and is passionate about opera and Italian life. At times, there were many sections that read more technically instead of prose-like, and this made the story flow more like a creative non-fiction book than a novel. But the bones are great. Beneath all the information, there is a beautiful tale of friendship and love. This is a wonderful book, accurately written, that will give readers an indepth knowledge about opera with its many performances, singers, and composers. It is a wonderful introduction to the world of opera! 
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