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A Kiss From Maddelena

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Love story set in a war torn village in Italy by Christopher Castellani

   Some in Santa Cecilia think that a rich, beautiful girl like Maddalena Piccinelli wouldn't look at Vito Leone if he were the last boy on earth. But it is 1943, and Vito is nearly the last boy in the village-and in a few months, after … see full wiki

Author: Christopher Castellani
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Berkley Trade
1 review about A Kiss From Maddelena

Star Crossed

  • Sep 6, 2010

Love and war in a remote Italian village in Lazio. A young woman, not more than a child, really. A passionate young man dismissed in the village as nice enough but useless. If ever two lovers were star-crossed, Vito and Maddalena certainly were. In this well-written first novel, Castellani throws family resistance, Germans, a mentally ill mother, poverty, and a girl who can't know her own mind in the path of Vito's quest for love. Maddalena doesn't deserve this generous, resourceful, devoted man.
A Kiss from Maddelena put me in mind of Berniere's Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which I also enjoyed, though Kiss lacks the depth of Corelli.
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September 08, 2010
Good job on the review, Linda. Succinct but informative.
September 07, 2010
It sounds captivating and beautiful. Nice, succinct review!
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