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Secrets of Bella Terra | [Christina Dodd]

Secrets of Bella Terra

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 10-14-13
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2015

    I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...

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    "Mystery + Suspense + Romance = FUN!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    drb 03-12-15
    drb 03-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Guess I'm not a fan of mediocre romances"
    What disappointed you about Secrets of Bella Terra?

    Story was unintentionally silly


    What could Christina Dodd have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carol Monda?

    Someone who can carry off accents or didn't try to make the male role swarthy.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terri 04-30-13
    Terri 04-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Story good - narrator not good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Secrets of Bella Terra to be better than the print version?

    The story is really good, but the narrator voice for the main man makes him sound like a cartoon character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Raf - complex character


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carol Monda’s performances?

    No


    If you could take any character from Secrets of Bella Terra out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Eli - his knowledge of wine


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 10-23-13
    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2012

    former nuclear scientist

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    "seesaws between mediocre stabs at two genres"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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