"When her husband, Ugo, joins the Italian Resistance, the Canadian Grace becomes Graziella and goes to hide with his family in the countryside. When Ugo fails to return, even after the war is over, Grace begins to feel stranded and isolated, especially since Ugo’s family has never approved of his marriage. The arrival of a young American soldier makes her remember her long-lost life as Grace, and she begins to dream about leaving Italy. Are love and loyalty permanent, or does the horror of war remove certain obligations? A compelling combination of romance, adventure, and serious thought, this slim novel is sure to appeal to many audiences."
"Corelli’s Mandolin meets The Bridges of Madison County in this WWII tale of a love affair between an American soldier and the wife of a member of the Italian resistance. . . . A wistful story about the difficult decisions people must make in both love and war, Ciao Bella is drenched in Italian sunshine. The authors have penned a sweet, nostalgic story about how good people struggle to do the right thing, even when there are no good choices at all."
--Historical Novels Review
Praise for The Sidewalk Artist
“The Sidewalk Artist is an inventive semihistorical romance as well as a story of artistic and emotional self-discovery.”
--The Boston Globe
“Nifty plotting has the main story pause for passages from Tulia’s book and the travelogue she’s reading, keeping this entertaining novel from becoming a sentimental romance.”
“The book has floated across the country on the wings of a love dream for half a year. Now, as summer reading lists start to grow, it’s a likely contender for anyone looking for a fancy, contemporary fable that’s smart but not jaded, innocent but not naïve.”
“A charming, Hollywood-ready romance.”
“Full of beautiful, sensual language, The Sidewalk Artist will touch anyone with a romantic bone in their body.”
---The Kingston Whig Standard