A Golden Heart and RITA Award winner, Christina Dodd consistently pleases fans with exciting tales peppered with steamy romance. Inspired by her travels through California’s Sonoma wine country, Dodd’s Secrets of Bella Terra begins a captivating drama starring the Di Luca family. Following an attack on 80-year-old Nonna Di Luca, her three grandsons vow to bring the man to justice. But as they investigate, they discover clues to a deeply hidden family secret.
©2011 Christina Dodd (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
former nuclear scientist
This book can't decide whether it wants to be a romance novel or a crime mystery. It veers between the two, at times interspersing them to irritating effect (while interrogating a possible witness, our heroine keeps wondering if her ex boyfriend is attracted to her). The romance portion of the novel was more hilarious than arousing - the first sex scene referred to the man as a warrior several times, and of course the woman can have multiple orgasms per paragraph. The crime portion is more interesting, but unfortunately suffers from some lack of focus and consistency. For example, one victim says to the investigator how she needs to tell him something, then he gets distracted by his attractive ex and just lets the situation go for more than half the book. Meanwhile, the characters keep going on about what a good security expert he is.
The characters are interesting, and the narrator makes a valiant effort to differentiate their voices. It's not a bad diversion for a few hours. It's not really a great one, either.
I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
The first installment to the Bella Terra series by Christina Dodd is a captivating introduction to the intriguing Di Luca family; including three Di Luca brothers, raised by their beloved matriarch and grandmother. Their loyalty to each other; their complete devotion to their grandmother, and their commitment to preserve their family heritage, defines them.
An exciting, mysterious family secret that began more than 80 years ago is the catalyst to the dangers and hostilities that have resulted from years and generations of Italian families feuding. And of course there is romance, passion, conflict, and love.
Carol Monda’s performance was good, but didn’t vary enough to be able to identify each character by voice. While there are other narrators who are better at changing voices for each character, the story is worth the listen.
Definitely credit worthy and planning to jump right into “Revenge at Bella Terra”, Book 2! Enjoy!
The story is really good, but the narrator voice for the main man makes him sound like a cartoon character.
Raf - complex character
Eli - his knowledge of wine
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