My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Loving Lucianna by Joyce DiPastena was a very good story, I will admit though I haven’t read a Medieval book in a long time.
At first the story was hard for me to understand, had to reread some of the pages, but after I started figuring out who was who and the fact that the story did jump back and forth between a young Lucianna and Elizabetta. I was starting to get the feel of the story. I honestly loved the story by the end.
Lucianna grew up in a convent, being left there by her Mother, she never knew her real story till she was a teenager, but even then she wasn’t sure. Since this was so long ago, not much records were kept, no DNA samples, no internet she had to just go on what she was told.
I feel this was a very interesting story that made me want to finish reading the story. Yes it took me awhile to get into it, but I loved the characters and the author did a great job of bring them in to the story and wanting to know what happens next. I do plan on reading more in this series as it was very interesting. Something about this story and time period was really intriguing and worth being read.
This was also a clean romance story.
I did receive this book to review for an honest feedback.
What Goodreads says about this book:
Sir Balduin de Soler gave up long ago on love. He never had the means to support a wife until an unexpected advancement in his fifties allows him to reassess his future just as the lovely Lucianna enters his life.
Lucianna Fabio harbors a secret, painful memory from her past that has kept her unwed, as well. Now in her forties, she thought herself too old to marry until she meets Sir Balduin. Now suddenly their lonely autumn lives feel very much like spring again . . . until Lucianna’s brother appears without warning and threatens to revive the secret that will destroy Lucianna’s second chance at love.
“Loving Lucianna” is the first in Joyce DiPastena’s new “Hearts in Autumn” romance series, medieval romances revolving around heroes and heroines “in the autumn of their years.” Because you’re never too old to fall in love!
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About the Author:
Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).
When she’s not writing, Joyce loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with her sister and friends. A highlight of her year is attending the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival .
Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.
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“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl