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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (165 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rosanna Chiofalo Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this warm, enchanting debut novel, Rosanna Chiofalo evokes the extraordinary beauty of Venice, the charm of a close-knit New York neighborhood, and the joys of friendship, family, and surprising second chances.

Valentina DeLuca has made hundreds of brides’ dreams come true. At Sposa Rosa—the Astoria, New York, boutique where she, her sisters, and their mother design and sew couture knock-off gowns—she can find the perfect style for even the most demanding customer. Now it’s her turn. Valentina has loved Michael Carello ever since he rescued her from a cranky shopkeeper when she was ten years old. He’s handsome, chivalrous, and loyal, and in a few weeks she’s going to marry him—in Venice.

Just when she thinks everything is falling into place, Valentina is forced to reexamine her life to see what truly makes her happy. As she soon learns in a place as magical as Venice, what seems like misfortune can turn out to be anything but. Who knows what may be waiting around the next corner? The chance to enjoy a moonlit gondola ride, to sip Prosecco in St. Mark’s Square, to eat mouthwatering gelato, to put aside “sensible” for once and see where the warm Italian breezes guide her as she visits all the sights she’s dreamed of: the Doge’s Palace, the Rialto, the little islands of Murano and Burano. And maybe along the way she’ll discover that bella fortuna (good luck) isn’t what you’re given but what you make.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “From the streets of New York to the canals of Venice, Rosanna Chiofalo creates a warm and lively story the reader won’t want to see end. Valentina DeLuca is a heroine with intelligence, heart, and courage, the kind of person every woman wants for a dear friend. Time spent with her is a sheer joy.”

    Mary Carter, New York Times bestselling author of The Pub across the Pond

  • “Go to Venice. Ride a gondola. See St. Mark’s Square. Chase the pigeons. Then go back to your hotel room overlooking a canal, take out Bella Fortuna, and read. It will make your whole day perfecto.”

    Cathy Lamb, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An inspiring read about second chances with love after tremendous heartbreak…The novel has a pleasant narrative, and the details of relationships and descriptions of Venice are thorough and well written.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Brings the Italian immigrant community and neighborhoods richly to life…The tale is charming.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Reading Rosanna Chiofalo’s depiction of a modern Italian American family is like digging into a fresh bowl of pasta—warm, welcome, and satisfying. A deeply felt debut that affirms the importance of friends and family—Italian-style.”

    Lisa Verge Higgins, author of The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship

  • “Like a gondolier navigating the canals of Venice, Rosanna Chiofalo takes you on a magical ride filled with family and friends, love and loss, heartbreak and happiness. Bella Fortuna is a warm glimpse into Italian American life.”

    Holly Chamberlin, author of Last Summer

  • “Sometimes tough, sometimes tender, always heartfelt and honest, Bella Fortuna is a lively, finely stitched tale of life and love, family and friendship, and a zest for cose Italiane!”

    Peter Pezzelli, author of Home to Italy

  • A BookPage Book of the Day, September 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Florence Csage | 2/18/2014

    " My Sicilian heritage made me absolutely love this book! Valentina and her family and neighborhood friends were delightful and charming. For a debut novel, it is fantastic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rebecca | 2/18/2014

    " Wedding dresses, romance, Venice - check, check, check. Lovely book about an Italian American family, their wedding dress boutique and life. Oh, and recipes in the back. Check! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by A. Elizabeth | 2/15/2014

    " I would have given this more, because the charm of Italy and the wedding things made the plot as a whole quite pleasant, but Chiofalo's horrendous dialogue frustrated me to no end. Chiofalo should take some classes before she attempts another book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joggingt | 2/15/2014

    " Not sure if I liked the timeline so much. It really jumped around "

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