An Intriguing Glimpse of Life in Nineteenth Century Italy
My Heart Still Surrenders
Carolina, the Contessina DeSimone, is young, beautiful, and wealthy. Helpless in her father’s quest for power, she finds herself living at the Palazzo Reale in Turin as a lady-in-waiting and confidant of Her Royal Highness Margherita, the Princess of Savoy. When the childhood friend with whom she elopes dies while on mission for Pope Pius IX, Carolina finds herself disinherited and disowned by her father, the powerful Count Aurelio, financial adviser to Vittorio Emanuele II, the first King of a unified Italy. Left in disgrace at a dilapidated villa that once belonged to her late mother, Carolina is easy prey for the rogue elements who roam the 19th century Italian countryside until the mysterious Navarre comes to her rescue. He is a soldier of fortune once in the pay of King Francis II of the Two Sicilies, a hired mercenary accustomed to taking what he wants without regard for the consequences. What refuge could he possibly offer her—and why?
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Selected by the Florida Writers Association as a first place winner in the 2014 Royal Palm Literary Award competition
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
"This is a thrilling historical romance set in late nineteenth-century
Italy. Author Robbi Perna has taken aspects of her great-great
grandmother's life, another Carolina, the Contessina Antimori. The
historical facts that surround the story are very well researched. With a
flair for artistry and the dramatic, the author has provided the reader
with a very fast-paced plot that is also very informative. A great
read. Well done!"
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