Book Review: A Song for Bellafortuna by Vincent B. Chip LoCoco

02_A Song for Bellafortuna_CoverA Song for Bellafortuna
by Vincent B. “Chip” LoCoco

Publication Date: May 14, 2015
Publisher: Cefalutana Press
Formats: Ebook, Paperback, AudioBook
Pages: 284

Genre: Historical Fiction

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A Song for Bellafortuna is an inspirational Italian Historical Fiction novel concerning a young man’s desire to free his Sicilian village from the domination of one family’s long reign. For years, the beautiful, yet secluded, hilltop village of Bellafortuna, Sicily, was a great producer of wine and olive oil. The entire village prospered. However, after the arrival of the Vasaio family, production dwindles and the villagers soon find themselves in crushing debt to the Vasaios. Only one family in the village remains outside the control of the Vasaios, but the reason haunts Antonio Sanguinetti every day of his life. Antonio is determined to erase this legacy by offering financial and emotional support to his fellow villagers. He introduces them to the choral song from Verdi’s opera, Nabucco, which becomes the rallying cry for the villagers and offers them hope for a better life.

When Antonio’s only son, Giuseppe, discovers his family’s past, he becomes determined to take on the Vasaios and remove them from power. Led by the young Giuseppe, a plan is hatched that could result in either complete freedom for the villagers, or if it fails, forever solidifying the Vasaios’ control.

Find out what happens in A Song for Bellafortuna, a sweeping epic historical fiction tale of love, drama, sacrifice, and redemption, set among the beautiful landscape of Sicily. Already listed by Amazon as a Top New Release in Historical Fiction and Italian Historical Fiction.

My Review:

I loved the way the words flowed in A Song For Bellafortuna.  I love how the Author Vincent B. LoCoco wrote this story, I can feel the emotions of the story and how the people in the village were feeling. I was thinking as I was reading how musical/poetic/lyrical this story sounded. I love the fact that it is about Italian history, I have always thought that the Italian language sounded so beautiful, I don’t speak it but there were some Italian words in this story that just made it more perfect and their meaning.

The story is set in a hilltop village and the author described how beautiful the area is and the feeling of the land. It also showed how important music and Opera was at this time.

The story is based around Giuseppe, and his Father, Antonio, they are the only family that is self-sufficient, and the rest of the village is under control of one family, the Vasaios. After Giuseppe learns from his Father about the history of the village, He wants to make a change, let the villagers be their own people again, and to have the freedom.

This is a beautiful story, well written and worth the time to read. If you love Italian history, this is a wonderful book to read. This is a clean story.

I did receive this book from the author for a honest review. I am glad I had the chance to read this story.

PRAISE

“Vincent B. LoCoco writes a heartwarming piece of historical fiction . . . He captured the essence of the Sicilian culture, especially regarding the value of ancestry and music . . . A Song For Bellafortuna is a beautiful tale of antiquity.” – Readers Favorite 5 Star Review

“The book was a joy to read. It is a wonderful story, told in a magical way.” -Cavaliere Ufficiale Aldo Mancusi, President of the Enrico Caruso Museum of America in New York

“An inspiring story of an Italian village threatened by commerce and saved by opera.” -John Biguenet, author of The Torturer’s Apprentice and Oyster

Paperback Available at Amazon | Audio Book Available at Audible.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR03_Vincent Chip LoCoco_Author

Award winning and bestselling author, Vincent B. “Chip” LoCoco, lives in New Orleans. His first novel, Tempesta’s Dream – A Story of Love, Friendship and Opera, became an Amazon bestselling novel and was awarded the 2014 Pinnacle Achievement Award in Historical Fiction. Amazon also has named his book as a Top Rated Novel in Italian Historical Fiction.

Visit him at www.vincentlococo.com, or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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