Thursday, November 20, 2014

Loving Lucianna by Joyce DiPastena : A Review & Giveaway!


BOOK TITLE: Loving Lucianna
ISBN: 098924198X
AUTHOR: Joyce DiPastena
GENRE: Fiction – Medieval  Romance
FORMAT: Digtial
SERIES / STANDALONE: Hearts in Autumn #1
REVIEW BY : Shree Janani
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review Copy as a part of iRead book yours by Laura Fabiani (Italy Book Tour)
SUMMARY : 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.
A book of this genre is bound to attract adept readers with that mystifying old world grace and charm. This book is no exception.
The protagonist Lucianna is a fiery red head who has given up on love owing to tumultuous relationship with her brother and has a dark secret which her brother uses against her. Her secret is so explosive in nature that the man who loved her left her jilted after he heard of it from her brother.
Enter our “hero” Sir Balduin De Soler, a man who for long didn’t have the means to have a wife and couldn’t find the perfect wife when he finally had the means. He eventually falls for Lucianna and courts her with silly songs and expensive needles (Sewing Needles). Finally they find each other in spite of Lucianna’s heavy emotional baggage.
The characterization was highly realistic so much so that I had trouble believing this book is actually a work of fiction. The writer apparently has put in a lot of effort to research about Medieval culture. The narration slacked in the beginning but as the story progressed it improved immensely. The metaphorical reference of Autumn has been well justified by the writer. After all, one is never too old to find love.
The key to the success of any romance novel, I believe is portraying beautiful courtship. Sadly, there are few aren’t many writers around who write about a proper courtship before the love proposal. There are even lesser people who prefer reading such books. Romance, today has become like Instant Noodles - Two minutes and done! Not that I have anything against love at first right, I simply prefer the old fashion way.
The writer has made a fantastic job of incorporating light hearted humour into perfect medieval romance. If only the humour element wasn’t there, the story would have been really bland. Her writing skills certainly deserve a mention. The writer sure does know her way around words and their effects. The other highlight of this book is a switch between timelines. Though I would have preferred a chronological narration, nevertheless the shift of timelines simply added the mystery dimension to the story. Throw in some Italian/French words and la – The perfect romance novel with perfect romance setting.
For some reason Sir Balduin’s character reminds me of the handsome bond actor Sean Connery (particularly from the movie – The first Knight)
To sum it up, a prefect medieval love story with all essential elements like mystery, romance and humour.
VERDICT: Curl up on that favourite couch with a cup of hot chocolate and pick this book up. You are bound to lose yourself to old world charm.
RATING: 4 on 5
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).

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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  1. Thank you so much for spotlighting "Loving Lucianna" on my blog tour and for giving it such a lovely review. :-)

    1. The pleasure was all mine Joyce! Keep up the great writing! :-)


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