Loretta Giacoletto was named a finalist in the 2015 and 2014 "Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project" for her sagas, Family Deceptions and Chicago's Headmistress. She 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.
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Italy 1928. After a lusty affair shatters Pietro & Isabella's marriage, he builds a new life in America based on lies. In Italy Isabella struggles to raise their twins & later to aid WWII partisans who eventually regard the son a hero and the daughter a Nazi collaborator. Thirty years will pass before Pietro returns as a wealthy man with another son but will he redeem himself to those he betrayed?
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- Face the Winter Naked
on Sep. 21, 2010
Bonnie Turner’s Face the Winter Naked captures the heart of the Great Depression with a compassionate account of one family’s struggle to survive poverty, despair, and sorrow. Thumbs up for an entertaining read that made me glad to be living in today’s world instead of the 1930’s.