BOOK 1 OF THE BELLAFORTUNA SERIES
A GRIPPING SICILIAN SAGA. A SWEEPING EPIC TALE OF LOVE, DRAMA, SACRIFICE, AND REDEMPTION, SET AMONG THE BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE OF SICILY.
The beautiful, yet secluded, hilltop village of Bellafortuna, Sicily, is a great producer of wine and olive oil. The entire village prospers. However, after the arrival of the Vasaio family, production dwindles and the villagers soon find themselves in crushing debt to the Vasaios. Only the Sanguinetti family remains outside the control of the Vasaios, but the reason haunts Antonio Sanguinetti every day of his life, and he offers financial and emotional support to his fellow villagers. When Antonio's only son, Giuseppe, discovers his family's past, he becomes determined to take on the Vasaios and remove them from power. Led by the young Giuseppe, a plan is hatched that could result in either complete freedom for the villagers, or if it fails, forever solidify the Vasaios' control.
Find out what happens in A Song for Bellafortuna.
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Vincent B. LoCoco writes a heartwarming piece of historical fiction . . . He captured the essence of the Sicilian culture, especially regarding the value of ancestry and music . . . A Song For Bellafortuna is a beautiful tale of antiquity."- Readers Favorite 5 Star Review
"The book was a joy to read. It is a wonderful story, told in a magical way."-Cavaliere Ufficiale Aldo Mancusi, President of the Enrico Caruso Museum of America in New York "
An inspiring story of an Italian village threatened by commerce and saved by opera."-John Biguenet, author of The Torturer's Apprentice and Oyster
"Vincent B. "Chip" LoCoco's transports readers to small town Italy in his stunning new book A Song for Bellafortuna. The book is one part tribute to the beauty of Sicilian rural lands and one part suspenseful drama. . . an outstanding achievement by an Italian American with a passion for Sicily. The intriguing plot not only entertains readers but serves as a conduit to better understand rural life in Sicily." -Primo Magazine
"I absolutely adored this book from cover to cover. Everything about it evoked small village Italy. The characters and events were completely believable, as well as memorable, and the book managed to provide me with a strong education in opera . . ."-Historical Novel Society
"The author paints a picture of the era before motorcars, when agriculture provided the most employment. One gets the feeling of the slower pace of life. Journeys take longer. Distances feel greater. . .The author has a stylized voice, giving the book a fairytale feeling."-Italophile Book Reviews