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Down A Tuscan Alley

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$2.99
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A long relationship ends. At 48, house taken by the bank, Lorri has little money. What can she do? And where can she go? Gathering her meager savings and her two beloved cats, she escapes England for a new life in a remote Italian village, never imagining the intrigue, passion and adventure she will find.
Unable to speak Italian, she survives by letting her bedroom to English tourists. She sleeps in the sitting room; it’s stifling on the floor, but earning €50 a night makes every flea-bitten moment worth it. When she meets Ronaldo, seven years younger than her, she embarks on a tempestuous love affair. But, having been raised in an institution with the priests since the age of three, nothing is easy for him and he is unaccustomed to love.
Meanwhile, a Quasimodo-like character is watching Lorri in the alleyway; anonymous letters arrive; there’s a young rival for Ronaldo’s affection; and Sherif, a mysterious man in a black suit, constantly follows her… And hovering in the background is Lionello, the undisputed “wise man”, giving advice while enjoying the wonderful theater Lorri brings to his village.
Then disruptive friends arrive and create havoc: Maudie has given up sex and drink and become spiritual; Julian, a Glaswegian hairdresser with dreams of becoming an actor, brings Lorri face-to-face with her ex. A final choice has to be made.

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  1. 5 Stars and a “Must Read” Shout Out! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Apr 2013


    I actually chose this book to read based on the reviews that are already on Amazon. This is a pleasant and enjoyable read even if its not your normal genre or style, which for me it isn’t. At first I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it because I don’t even know where Tuscany is and I have never been out of the United States so I was unsure if I could follow along. I am pleased to say that none of that mattered because this author very skillfully painted such wonderful images with her writing style and descriptive efforts; I fee like I have visited Italy and walked up and down that alley many times now and without the expensive airfare!

    I can’t help but use many of the same words already used to describe this book, creative, humorous, engaging, thought provoking, all very much true of this beautiful creation. I truly felt like I was watching these wonderful characters and laughing with them, Laura has a great sense of humour! I was sad to reach the end only because I could not continue to be part of their lives any longer. I hope Ms. Graham intends a sequel to this book as it would certainly be well received and readers could reunite with the beloved cast of this story. It was like taking a vacation to Italy but not seeing the tourist side of things and instead experiencing the reality of every day life there which is by far much more interesting!

    I had the opportunity to interview Laura Graham a couple of days ago and learned that this book is actually a memoire and these characters and adventures are part of her own personal history. It was very exciting to learn more about her after reading the book and seeing how truly amazing she is in person! The way she portrayed her main character, Lorri and allowed us to follow her as she put heartbreak, financial loss and the resulting language difference from the move to Italy behind her was inspiring and truly demonstrated courage on her part. Through the tale she weaves in her exceptional prose, we watch her grow and become stronger and happier while she adapts and adjusts and makes new friends, ultimately becoming a completely different person for all of the experiences. Thank you for sharing this personal journey with all of us!

    5 stars out of 5

    Reviewed by Debra L Hartmann, Published Author, Professional Editor and Daily Blogger


  2. 5 Stars and a “Must Read” Shout Out! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Apr 2013

    I actually chose this book to read based on the reviews that are already on Amazon. This is a pleasant and enjoyable read even if its not your normal genre or style, which for me it isn’t. At first I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it because I don’t even know where Tuscany is and I have never been out of the United States so I was unsure if I could follow along. I am pleased to say that none of that mattered because this author very skillfully painted such wonderful images with her writing style and descriptive efforts; I fee like I have visited Italy and walked up and down that alley many times now and without the expensive airfare!

    I can’t help but use many of the same words already used to describe this book, creative, humorous, engaging, thought provoking, all very much true of this beautiful creation. I truly felt like I was watching these wonderful characters and laughing with them, Laura has a great sense of humour! I was sad to reach the end only because I could not continue to be part of their lives any longer. I hope Ms. Graham intends a sequel to this book as it would certainly be well received and readers could reunite with the beloved cast of this story. It was like taking a vacation to Italy but not seeing the tourist side of things and instead experiencing the reality of every day life there which is by far much more interesting!

    I had the opportunity to interview Laura Graham a couple of days ago and learned that this book is actually a memoire and these characters and adventures are part of her own personal history. It was very exciting to learn more about her after reading the book and seeing how truly amazing she is in person! The way she portrayed her main character, Lorri and allowed us to follow her as she put heartbreak, financial loss and the resulting language difference from the move to Italy behind her was inspiring and truly demonstrated courage on her part. Through the tale she weaves in her exceptional prose, we watch her grow and become stronger and happier while she adapts and adjusts and makes new friends, ultimately becoming a completely different person for all of the experiences. Thank you for sharing this personal journey with all of us!

    5 stars out of 5

    Reviewed by Debra L Hartmann, Published Author, Professional Editor and Daily Blogger



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