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Loretta Giacoletto divides her time between the St. Louis Metropolitan area of Southern Illinois and Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks where she concentrates on writing fiction while her husband cruises the waters for bass and crappie. Their five children have left the once chaotic nest but occasionally return for her to-die-for ravioli and roasted peppers topped with garlic-laden bagna càuda. An avid traveler, she has visited numerous countries in Europe and Asia but Italy remains her favorite, especially the Piemonte area in the alpine north from where her family originates.
Loretta's novels are filled with bawdy characters caught up in problems they’re forced to take responsibility for having created. In LETHAL PLAY a grieving widow is suspected of killing her son's coach, a man with more enemies than friends. FAMILY DECEPTIONS follows two generations of earthy characters who learn to thrive and/or survive through a series of misdeeds, the worst against those they love the most. FREE DANNER features a cynical young man whose troubled past and deadly encounters hinder his search for the father he has yet to meet. THE FAMILY ANGEL is a paranormal saga about the Americanization of an immigrant family of bootleggers, coalminers, winemakers and priests, but only a chosen few have encountered a mysterious black angel who keeps sticking his nose in the family business. ITALY TO DIE FOR: From the Savino Sisters Mystery Series is about two thirty-something sisters who find themselves involved in murder and intrigue while traveling through Italy.
on April 04, 2011 :
Strong writing, exceptional plot
The intelligent, intriguing plot of Family Deceptions immediately grabbed my attention—and my heart—and kept me reading from the first page to the last. Loretta Giacoletto's memorable characters instantly came to life as Pietro Rocca—shamed and banished by his wife, Isabella, from their home in the Alpine village of Faiallo, in northern Italy—crossed the ocean, changed his name, and created another life in America with a new family, while secretly longing for the wife and children he left behind.
Peppered throughout with bits of Italian language, historical reminders of a great war in Europe lend authenticity to the narrative. The novel is both gritty and tender by turns, the author's knowledge of Italy and America richly portrayed in the settings of both countries. This well-crafted tale of a family divided for twenty-nine years by a deep chasm of deception—and love—becomes the saga of two families of equal importance and comes properly together in a surprising ending. This is a story that remains in the mind and heart long after the last page is turned. Highly recommended.
(reviewed long after purchase)