Rosanna Chiofalo: The Sunflower Girl



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Review also found at eceived an advance copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest A Mother and Daughter Diary of Raw Food Recipes for Beginners review Thank youI chose this story because there isn t a wartime story I can walk away from To add to that I also discovered that I had previouslyead Chiofalo s work Rosalia s Bittersweet Pastry Shop and had loved it I just had to ead thisThis story is written through two perspectives Maria s during the occupation of Italy in WW11 and her daughters from childhood to adulthood Both stories eually interesting and eerily similar while being different at the same time if that makes senseAs with most stories of this genre it is filled with the things you would come to expect Tragic love stories horrific events and a theme of perseverance I struggled with the character of Maria and how overprotective she was of her daughter At times I just wanted to slap her however as the story progressed I was able to understand her and what drove her to be the person she wasHaving just finished the book only moments ago I find myself eflecting and still feeling the story This is an indication of a good book in my world when you just can t shake it after completion I do know now that Chiofalo is an author I will actively seek out as after Au bagne reading two of her books I have yet to be let down Well done dual time lin. In the fields around Tuscany in summertime sunflowers grow in profusion wave upon wave of gold and green standing tall against the Italian sky But for Signora Maria Ferraro the bright yellow blooms carry only bitter memories Though she loved them as a child sunflowers have come toepresent the most painful episode of her life Not even her cherished daughter Anabella knows what happened to her during World War II when the Germans overran her hometown of Florence and Signora Ferraro fell in love with a Resistance fighter In the aftermath of loss and grief she found salvation throu.

E mother daughter novel set in Italy during WWII and today Maria fell in love with a Resistance fighter during the War You can imagine what happened and why the effects linger in her mind today She is entirely too protective of her daughter Annabella who some might think should have stood up for herself at some point in her life They sell flowers lovely Indistractable roses and it is this aspect that makes this uniue Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC There are secrets there was trauma there s a nice love interestall the ingredients for a goodead One of my favorite authors and this plot was so interesting I learned so much about Italy during World War II that I didn t ealized happened What a difficult time period and it was interesting to see events unfold and truly why some experiences in life shape us to be who we are including our fears as well as our growth I am never disappointed with this author s books I ve ead all of Rosanna Chiofalo s books and have loved every single one of them including this one This book begins by telling the story of Anabella and her mother Signora Ferraro who own a ose farm in Pienza a city outside of Siena Italy Anabella is sheltered as a child and now as she has become a young woman is being courted by an artist by the name of Dante who paints pictures of Anabella based on how he views her. Gh an unlikely source cultivating oses on her farm in the Tuscan countryside Now the blossoms symbolize everything that is both good and safe and she nurtures them with as much care as she guards her past Yet to Anabella the ose farm that once delighted her has become little than a pretty prison Despite her beautiful surroundings Anabella longs for During one of her egular visits to Siena to sell their flowers Anabella encounters a handsome young artist named Dante Galletti His canvases are filled with images of a girl who looks just like Anabella and Dante claims to have seen.

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In his dreams The This is a favorite author of mine and I was thrilled to eceive this book for eview Rosanna Chiofalo has a talent for writing stories that touch your heart and are visually stunning In this next book the eader is swept away to a flower farm in Italy A beautiful place that is home to Maria and her daughter Maria harbors a terrible heartbreak from WWII and the loss of her great love She lets her grief guide her as protection for her daughter who she watches over and wants to protect from any heartbreak As the sunflower farm grows into a ose farm and the seasons change Maria is not able to let go of her grief and heartbreak Her inability to move forward affect her elationship with her daughter and soon her daughter will also have a broken heart I love the vivid descriptions and being swept away to a flower farm in Italy The compelling timelines that traverse from WWII to present day are done in a pleasing way to the eader The full effect of the complexities of Maria are foremost in this touching story I loved it and highly ecommend this book Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity to eview this wonderful book This is a book to ead when you can savor it and not be interrupted for you will want to indulge yourself in the authors wonderful prose and the fields of Ital. Her in his dreams unning through a sunflower field Through Dante Anabella begins to see sunflowers her cloistered existence and the world itself through new eyes As their elationship deepens Anabella knows she will soon have to choose between loyalty to her mother and the isks and ewards of living on her own terms Alternating between the viewpoints of both mother and daughter and between Italy during World War II and a uarter century later The Sunflower Girl is a poignant and moving story of the choices we make in the name of love and the secrets that echo through generation.

Rosanna Chiofalo is a first generation Italian American whose parents emigrated from Sicily to New York in the early 1960s She is the author of Bella Fortuna Carissima Stella Mia Rosalia's Bittersweet Pastry Shop and the novella Seven Days of Christmas which appears in the WHEN THE SNOW FALLS collection She lives with her husband in New York City Visit RosannaChiofalocom