Robbi Perna - Author and Lecturer

An Intriguing Glimpse of Life in Nineteenth Century Italy
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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

Florida Writers Association 2014 Royal Palm Literary Award for My Heart Still Surrenders

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Readers' Favorite Reviews Five Stars Badge
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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My Heart Still Surrenders
Caught up as a pawn in Italy's struggle for reunification, Carolina makes a desperate bid for freedom and her own identity.

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