Hello everyone, as my second book tour today, today I am please to be hosting one part of the blog tour for the paperback release of Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani! I hope that you enjoy my review and, don't forget to check out the amazing giveaway. I hope you enjoy!
Book Title: Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani
Category: Adult Fiction, 560 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Release date: January 2018
Content Rating: G (For general audience. Depictions of violence are minimal. No bad language, religious expletives, sex scenes, drug use or underage drinking.)
From Adriana Trigiani, the beloved New York Times-bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife, comes an exhilarating epic novel of love, loyalty, and creativity—the story of an Italian-American family on the cusp of change.
It’s 1949 and South Philadelphia bursts with opportunity during the post-war boom. The Palazzini Cab Company & Western Union Telegraph Office, owned and operated by Dominic Palazzini and his three sons, is flourishing: business is good, they’re surrounded by sympathetic wives and daughters-in-law, with grandchildren on the way. But a decades-long feud that split Dominic and his brother Mike and their once-close families sets the stage for a re-match.
Amidst the hoopla, the arrival of an urgent telegram from Italy upends the life of Nicky Castone (Dominic and his wife’s orphaned nephew) who lives and works with his Uncle Dom and his family. Nicky decides, at 30, that he wants more—more than just a job driving Car #4 and more than his longtime fiancée Peachy DePino, a bookkeeper, can offer. When he admits to his fiancée that he’s been secretly moonlighting at the local Shakespeare theater company, Nicky finds himself drawn to the stage, its colorful players and to the determined Calla Borelli, who inherited the enterprise from her father, Nicky must choose between the conventional life his family expects of him or chart a new course and risk losing everything he cherishes.
From the dreamy mountaintop village of Roseto Valfortore in Italy, to the vibrant streets of South Philly, to the close-knit enclave of Roseto, Pennsylvania, to New York City during the birth of the golden age of television, Kiss Carlo is a powerful, inter-generational story that celebrates the ties that bind, while staying true to oneself when all hope seems lost.
Told against the backdrop of some of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, this novel brims with romance as long buried secrets are revealed, mistaken identities are unmasked, scores are settled, broken hearts are mended and true love reigns. Trigiani’s consummate storytelling skill and her trademark wit, along with a dazzling cast of characters will enthrall readers. Once again, the author has returned to her own family garden to create an unforgettable feast. Kiss Carlo is a jubilee, resplendent with hope, love, and the abiding power of la famiglia.
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Now, here is my review!
Set amidst the background of 1949 South Philadelphia, the The Palazzini Cab Company & Western Union Telegraph Office owned by Dominic Palazzini and his sons is flourishing along with their family life, that is, until an old family feud between Dominic and his brother sparking back into existence. At the same time Nicky Castone, Dominic’s orphaned nephew who also works at the company is about to get married, that is until he realizes that he wants more and begins to spend his nights acting at the local Shakespeare theater company. Finding himself draw to the theater’s owner, Nicky must choose between a safe family life or one that might end with him risking everything he loves.
I loved the writing style of this book. Lyrical and with a great flow, I felt fully immersed in each scene. I especially all the references to companies that are still around today like Pep Boys because it made the book feel even more real. Even if it was set in 1949, it still felt like something that could really be happening, making me feel even more connected with it.
Another thing that I enjoyed about this book was the historical setting. Going along with her writing style, this book felt like the perfect well-researched time piece. With every word, it felt like the author actually stepped back in time to do research before coming back. From small details like special holiday traditions with roses woven in hair to the different feelings about business owning women during the time, every detail written made me feel like I was living the story with the characters.
The author also made the book special with the characters she created. So many books nowadays start with weak characters that can only be fully appreciated after a slow build up throughout the story, adding more and more to each character as the book goes on. Character development like this is expected in books, after all that is hoe most books are, but in this book, the author did something special. From the very start of the book, the way she wrote her characters made them feel as if I have known them for a long time and they were old friends. I felt as though even if I had read so little of the book, I still knew so much about them. Reading it, I felt like I was attached to each of the characters as they went through life, making me want to root for them throughout the book.
The plot was also amazing. Written as a romantic comedy with a Shakespearian background, it felt a lot like the unique story of one family’s wrongdoings and growth. Everything felt connected in this book and each subplot even more interesting than the last. Throughout this book, I felt as though there was not one slow moment in the entire thing, leaving me to enjoy each and every word.
I would recommend this book for historical fiction lovers looking for a well written novel of romance and family drama. This book is truly one that will leave you on the edge of your seat with heartbreak and suspense.
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