Bianca Corrotti's vineyard is more than a piece of mouth-watering real estate in Tuscany. It's an inheritance; a storehouse harboring the secrets of her Uncle Egisto, a world-class sculptor, and his troubled wife -- a woman whose destiny converges with Mussolini's when WWII overtakes them all. Based on a true story, Bianca's Vineyard follows a devoted family of strong-willed men and lion-hearted women waging an epic battle against a gathering storm intent on destroying their lives.
Teresa Neumann and her musician husband live in Oregon's beautiful Willamette Valley near their three children. As well as being an author and journalist, Teresa loves to fiddle on her violin and live "la dolce vita" in Italy whenever she can talk her family into going with her.
Set in Italy against the backdrop of the
second world war, this book moved me to tears as we follow a family whose lives
are torn apart. It isn’t necessarily an easy book to read. It deals with the
atrocities of war, family feuds and depression. On the other hand it is a
compelling read even if it is somewhat confusing in places. This aside, the
author is skilled in making the reader want to know what happens to each
character and this is even more heartbreaking when we realize it is based on
her family’s true story. It may not be a happy ever after but it is gritty,
realistic and ends on a satisfactory note with all the loose ends tied up. A