Chantel Panetta returns from Italy to find that her sister, Isabella, has fallen in love with Orlando Carlarco. The Panetta's have been feuding with the Carlarco's for ages, so to hide the relationship Isabella enlists Chantel's help to distract Dante, Orlando's older brother, to which Chantel reluctantly agrees.
But when the mine caves in on Chantel and Isabella's father has a life changing experience when he gives his life to the Lord, and he comes to see the error of his ways. Can they end the terrible feud?
It took awhile for the plot to get set up, but once it did the pace picked up. The characters were well developed and I loved how their dialogue was filled with plenty "Italian Seasoning" and an authentic ethnic back round.
One of the things that I most appreciated about this book were the strong family ties portrayed. I loved their mutual respect for one another, and how Papa Panetta took the initiative to lead his family by example.
This is an exciting book filled with action, though there are a few bar scenes that depict a seedier lifestyle. I felt that the author did a great job of bringing Dante and Chantel together naturally as their relationship changed and grew. Dante especially, was a character truly torn by his circumstances.
Overall, another well written stand alone novel in the Land of Shining Water Series!
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