**DISCLAIMER** Dana sent me a free copy to review; I'm so glad she did. :-)
I gave this 5 stars, since I could not give it 4 1/2; it's a book I know I'll read again.
I'm not usually the kind of person who will seek out a book that talks about the Mafia - I'm not a fan of 'stuff in boxes', etc, however, in this case, I'm very glad I took the chance and read it. The amount of research that Dana did was impressive. The way she captured the language, the way that the Mafiso works in that area, the 'code' that some of the more 'respectable' Mafiso stick too and the visuals of the area are fantastic.
Quick breakdown of the novel ~
Kate, a fair skinned American beauty, is living in Italy; she married Vince Andretti after a whirlwind courtship and not knowing that much about his 'family'. Kate's gut has told her something is 'amiss' about her husband, little does she know that he is part of the ruthless Andretti family.
Enter Enrico Lucchesi, a handsome, widowed businessman who also happens to be the 'capo' of the Lucchesi family; he is also Kate's boss at the orphanage where Vince has reluctently let Kate work.
Enter the twists and turns of this compelling novel.
Dana weaves such a wonderful story of love, passion, trechery, 'old code' and lies that I stayed up til after midnight reading. The novel got a slow start, then once it got going you were drawn into this 'world' where people live by a different set of rules. A world where men have closed door meetings, where you might receive something in a box that belonged to someone you and love as a 'message'.
You watch the main characters grow, they fight, the love, they lie and they feel; they are well rounded and you can actually picture running into them in Italy and seeing the events unfold. The end of the book left me wanting to read the next novel.