Villa Fortuna by Cat Gardiner
Also by this author: Denial of Conscience: A Modern Darcy & Elizabeth Adventure, , Undercover, A Moment Forever, Without a Conscience
Published by Vanity & Pride Press Genres: Austenesque, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
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Inspired by Jane Austen's most beloved Pride and Prejudice characters. Discover the romance and comedy of Villa Fortuna where Little Italy collides with the country club set … at a hair salon.
Dr. Elizabeth Fairchild lived an orderly and focused life in Los Angeles until …
an unexpected death, a questionable inheritance, and an eighty-year-old Mafia vendetta required a trip home to New York City's Little Italy neighborhood in the Bronx. After thirteen years of running from her Italian-American upbringing, Elizabeth dreaded returning to the ethnic world of colorful hand gestures, passionate arguments, and living with her two stereotypical sisters in their rundown apartment above a bakery.
Her plan: get in, take care of business, celebrate Christmas, and then escape as quickly as possible. However, returning to the Bronx assailed the senses like her mother's lasagna. She didn't count on Italian pastry, homemade wine, a beauty parlor, and the enticement of a dashing plastic surgeon known as Michelangelo.
Will Elizabeth flee her childhood home where the foundation of faith and famiglia is so strong? Or will she stay and embrace all the traditions that once embarrassed her? Should she succumb or resist her elder sister's admonishment,
“Your home is where your heart is, and we are your heart—marinara, cannolis, the church, and the family! The whole shebang!"
Authors Note: Even more Austenesque than Denial of Conscience and Lucky 13, Villa Fortuna's original plotline has all the elements of a romantic comedy focusing on pride and prejudice. The character's names are changed and I have borrowed some of their characteristics, creating my own tale of hard-won, contemporary love.
It is rather amazing to me that in just one year, Cat Gardiner has managed to write 3 JAFF books that have easily become some of my absolute favorites! I love her!
Villa Fortuna is a fun, romantic comedy filled with lots of food, lots of love, and lots of good ol’ Catholic guilt! Everything from the old mob vendettas to the fashion faux pas in this book are completely comical! Mix that with the Sexy Dr. Garin (Michaelangelo/Darcy) and you have yourself a Must Read Romance with epic food proportions!
WARNING! You may find it difficult setting this book aside even as your stomach growls reading all the delicious Italian recipes! (Tri-Color Rainbow Cookies anyone?)
Romeo and Juliet meets Pride and Prejudice in this hilarious, sweet and oh so sexy modern day adaption!