Book Review: “A Song for Bellafortuna” by Vincent B. “Chip” LoCoco

September 20, 2015 at 1:12 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Vincent B. “Chip” LoCoco in his new book, “bella book coverA Song for Bellafortuna” published by Cefalutana Press gives us an Inspirational Italian Historical Fiction Novel.

From the back cover:  From the Author of Tempesta’s Dream-A Story of Love, Friendship and Opera, comes a spellbinding, historical fiction novel concerning a young man’s desire to free his Sicilian village from the domination of one family’s long reign.

For years, the beautiful, yet secluded, hilltop village of Bellafortuna, Sicily, was a great producer of wine and olive oil. The entire village prospered. However, after the arrival of the Vasaio family, production dwindles and the villagers soon find themselves in crushing debt to the Vasaios. Only one family in the village remains outside the control of the Vasaios, but the reason haunts Antonio Sanguinetti every day of his life. Antonio is determined to erase this legacy by offering financial and emotional support to his fellow villagers. He introduces them to the choral song from Verdi’s opera, Nabucco, which becomes the rallying cry for the villagers and offers them hope for a better life.

When Antonio’s only son, Giuseppe, discovers his family’s past, he becomes determined to take on the Vasaios and remove them from power. Led by the young Giuseppe, a plan is hatched that could result in either complete freedom for the villagers, or if it fails, forever solidifying the Vasaios’ control.

Find out what happens in A Song for Bellafortuna, a sweeping epic historical fiction tale of love, drama, sacrifice, and redemption, set among the beautiful landscape of Sicily.

The Vasaio family provided loans to those that needed it so that the town could continue to produce wine and oil. However paying the Vasaio family back the debts is a challenge and the whole town is in crushing debt making the Vasaio’s the ruling class. The only family not in debt, because they did not need nor take a loan, are the Sanguinetti family. And Giuseppe, with his father, has seen a lot of Italy and enjoys opera. Now he hatches a plan where his love of opera can help to bring freedom to his town of Bellafortuna. This is a historical novel. This is a redemption novel. Music plays an integral part of the story as the villagers use music to come together, while in return it provides them with a glimpse to a better life. There are sections that are quite exciting. Bellafortuna is blessed with beautiful, productive vineyards, a breathtaking location and hardworking people who have a great love for music. This is an exploration of a time that is long gone but is still fascinating. Mr. LoCoco has given us a marvelous character in Giuseppe that we can identify with and root for.  The whole story hinges on whether or not he will take up the banner of leader and bring them to deliverance. I found this fascinating.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Italy Book Tours.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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