“TIME MACHINE OF A BOOK”

“Ms. Allegretto is first and foremost a graphic artist and illustrator, but this literary foray of hers makes one wonder, if she hadn’t taken up the brush, what she might have accomplished with the pen.
In Bridge of Sighs and Dreams she displays a true author’s knack for painting a word-picture that puts the reader right there, wherever “there” may be. What’s more, as she so amply displays in her novel, she possesses the two attributes every writer of fiction must: an understanding of and ear for plot, and a genuine love for her characters, even the unsavory ones. For without the latter, not only do the dramatis personae fail to come alive on the page but whatever they would teach us about the human condition comes watered down, too.
Of course, that she chose the structure for Bridge of Sighs and Dreams  she did increase its chances for success from the get-go. Few are the stories that appeal more than those pitting a likable hero against a despicable villain, in this case the good sister Angelina vs. the evil sister-in-law Lidia. That’s not only a tried-and-true formula but great fun. With the added bonus of being set in Mussolini’s fascist Italy, a place and time in which fear, unrest, and uncertainty became the stuff of everyday life.
So snuggle into your favorite armchair with a mug of hot tea at your side and Allegretto’s time machine of a book in your lap. You’ll enjoy the ride, trust me.”

Thank you to noted author J. Michael Dolan for this wonderful review. Praise from a fellow WW2 fiction author is quite meaningful.

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is available for purchase in paperback and eBook at: Amazon worldwide, BookLocker.com Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Walmart.com AMAZON:

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BRDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

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PRIDE BOUQUET   

PRIDE BOUQUET celebrates all my friends and family in the LBGTQ community. I wanted my flowers to have a party on my canvas where everyone’s invited. Cheers to you all for being who you are. I love every one of you!

This Pride Bouquet is also my nod to the entire LGBTQ community. We are one, all Mother Earth’s children. I still have hope that in my lifetime I will see everyone, despite their race, ethnicity, religion, lack of religion, economic situation, sexual orientation, etc., treated with dignity. How hard is it, really, just to treat people the way you want to be treated?

The original 6”x12” acrylic on one-inch thick wrapped canvas has been sold, but quality Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size, tote bags, pillows, etc. are available for purchase at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/pride-bouquet-pamela-allegretto.html

PRIDE BOUQUET

PRIDE BOUQUET

 

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“INTRIGUE AND UNEXPECTED PLOT TWISTS”

“Pamela Allegretto has done it again! Here is a caper full of intrigue and unexpected plot twists that has a new surprise on every page. This hard-to-put-down adventure set in Venice is told with imagination and creativity through colorful, complex characters and snappy dialogue that makes you feel you are part of the action. Are the characters who you really think they are? Are the diamonds they’re all looking for really stolen? Everyone is suspicious of everyone else, and the uncertainty is never-ending. Allegretto has a knack for creating vivid, eccentric characters and entertaining story telling. A great novel to escape the fear of our everyday lives.”

Mille grazie to journalist, Tom Soboleski, for composing such a lovely review. Praise from professional writers is always an additional compliment. Tanti saluti!

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

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“REFLECTION”

I decided to re-post my painting “REFLECTION.” I hope you all take a minute to read the blurb explaining the story behind the painting. Cheers!

“I have always liked the concept of trying to put myself in someone else’s shoes, in order to better understand the basis of their emotions and actions. In this painting, I wanted to delineate two abstract profiles that demonstrate the idea that when we are fleshed out and outwardly adorned we are all unique. But under the costumes and grease paint, we are one, all Mother Earth’s children. I still have hope that in my lifetime I will see everyone, despite their race, ethnicity, religion, lack of religion, economic situation, sexual orientation, etc., treated with dignity. How hard is it, really, just to treat people the way you want to be treated?”

REFLECTION

REFLECTION – Click on image to enlarge or to order giclee prints.

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The original 16″x20″ acrylic on wrapped canvas painting is available for sale on my art website: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com

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“THIS BOOK LEFT ME BREATHLESS”

 

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams is a stirring and evocative portrait of Italy under the Fascists and the Nazi occupation. I’ve visited Italy several times and the elegant descriptions made me feel as if I had returned. This book left me breathless. It drew me in from the first page and didn’t let go. It’s a testament to the human spirit of survival.”

My heartfelt thanks to this reader for his/her generous review. I am thrilled that my novel continues to entertain new readers.

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is available for purchase in paperback and eBook at:

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BRDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

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SICILIAN TABLE

Since travel to Italy is not an option right now, I dug up this painting to keep the dream alive. This trompe l’oeil still life of a Chianti bottle with olive oil decanter, provolone cheese ball, and plum tomatoes on a marble table is my tribute to the foundation of the Italian table.

Buon Appetito!

Sicilian Table

Sicilian Table – click on Chianti bottle to enlarge image or to purchase giclee prints.

 The original acrylic painting on Pintura canvas board can be purchased on my art website:  http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com  Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size are available at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/sicilian-table-pamela-allegretto.html

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“A Romp Through Venice Worth Taking!”

My most heartfelt gratitude to acclaimed author Eva Pasco for writing and sharing her review.

“A romp through Venice worth taking! When you do, I suggest wearing sensible shoes. Not like Carla Romano, the protagonist in this Cozy Mystery, who runs around Venice in her Adolfo pumps and incurs a blistered toe on account of vanity.

Of course, when you’re a reader who enjoys this book as much as I did, you can go barefoot.

For me, more than the who-dun-it-aspect of this Mystery, I wondered just how Carla would prove she didn’t have any stolen diamonds, so she could walk away unscathed in her Adolfo pumps or Fiorucci boots.

What a romp it is!

Carla is pursued by the thief and an assorted bunch of inept slimeballs, the FBI, and Polizia Veneziana. Throughout this madcap venture, Carla’s suspicions of everyone around her, and her imaginative scenarios go through the roof of the Hotel Bonvecchia.

Like the diamonds which sparkle in this mystery, the story is multifaceted:

The author’s thumbnail descriptions of her characters are priceless. How charitable of her to give the reader a whiff of them too—Mabel Gastrom’s breath is to die for.

By integrating snatches of dialogue in Italian, and by weaving interesting facts about Venice throughout the story, the reader virtually follows in Carla’s footsteps. These are often artistic renderings:

“Opening her eyes, she watched scattered ivory clouds float overhead and imagined them to be delicate fragments of lace that had escaped the lace makers’ fingers on the nearby island of Burano.”

Also, right up my alley—there’s plenty to chuckle over via self-deprecating wit, slapstick, and bawdy humor.

As you can tell, I highly recommend this gem!”

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

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CINCO DE MAYO

Pedro has been serenading outside Rita’s window for hours. She’s playing coy, but in reality, she loves the attention. Their hopes and dreams are as genuine and meaningful as yours and mine. Happy Cinco de Mayo to all of my friends and family who enjoy the rich Mexican heritage.

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Mexican Serenade

Mexican Serenade

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THE VENICE INSIDER

Mille grazie, a thousand thanks to the VENICE INSIDER for including ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST in this prestigious list of books that showcase Venice. I am honored to have my work alongside such gifted authors. Click on this link to read about each of these exceptional books.

https://www.theveniceinsider.com/11-books-transport-yourself-virtually-to-venice/#comment-80179

Venetian gondolier

Venetian Gondolier – Click on Gondolier to enlarge image.

Mille grazie to Katia at The Venice Insider grazie per aver incluso il mio libro coi questi autori importanti . Ti sono grato per la tua generosità. Sei veramente simpatica. Ti auguro i miei migliori saluti.

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LEI DAY – MAY DAY

Yes, I know, I’m a day late with my greetings. I’m running on Hawaiian time.

Whenever possible, I like to step away from the serious. In this painting, I did that. Who says turtles have to be green or dolphins must be grey? Not me. And where is it written that once we become adults we can no longer enjoy animated art? Well, if it is written somewhere, I hope someone has the good sense to tear it up. I think we all need to step back occasionally and not take life too seriously. Just because we are all wearing masks, doesn’t mean we have to stop smiling. Spread the LOVE!!!

LEI DAY

LEI DAY

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“DYNAMIC ACHIEVEMENT”

“This book absorbed me fully from the first chapter, and the suspense grew steadily throughout. If you want a riveting glimpse of the confusion, chaos, horror, and poignant humanity of war (in this case, World War II Italy), this book delivers. Every last character came alive for me, vivid in their beauty–or evil! I will never forget this book. The story is haunting, and hauntingly beautiful. Love and hatred and everything in between is conveyed brilliantly. Kudos to Pamela Allegretto for her dynamic achievement!”

My most heartfelt gratitude to Wendy Haugh for taking the time to write this amazing review on Amazon. It left me speechless. And those who know me, know that is not an easy feat. La vita e` bella!

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is available for purchase in paperback and eBook at:

AMAZON:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015JRFQE8  and all Amazon sites worldwide

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BRDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

 

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FESTA DELLA LIBERAZIONE

Today is one of Italy’s most celebrated holidays: Festa della Liberazione (Liberation Day Celebration). It marks the fall of Mussolini’s Italian Social Republic and the end of the Nazi occupation in Italy in 1945.

For a deeper insight into life in Nazi-occupied Italy, I invite you to read my novel: BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

Stay home, stay safe, and read. Viva Italia!

Tuscan Farmhouse at Sunset

Tuscan Farmhouse at Sunset

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is on sale on Amazon worldwide, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, BookLocker, and other online book stores.

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EARTH DAY

EARTH DAY
In celebration of EARTH DAY, I thought I would post my painting of the Pololu Valley Lookout, on the North West corner of the Big Island of Hawaii.
Cheers to Mother Earth for bestowing us with this awesome vista. She provided us with clean water to drink, pure air to breathe, and non-polluted crops to eat. All She asks in return is that we take care of these gifts and keep it that way.
We are one, all Mother Earth’s children. I still have hope that in my lifetime I will see everyone, despite their race, ethnicity, religion, lack of religion, economic situation, sexual orientation, etc., treated with dignity. How hard is it, really, just to treat people the way you want to be treated?
Happy EARTH DAY!!!

Pololu Valley Lookout

Pololu Valley Lookout – Click on the ocean to enlarge image or to purchase giclee prints.

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“CRAZY FUN CAPER IN VENICE”

Ευχαριστώ πολύ to Pamela Jane Rogers, noted author and artist, for writing this fabulous review. I am honored.

“What a fun and galloping merry-go-round this book takes us for a ride on! Characters both real and lovable – scary times with the dastardly and hilarity with the comic figures that could have hopped out of a Pink Panther continuation! From the posh to the paltry, they are all suspect, along with our dear protagonist, Carla! As she slips into her designer pumps and prepares to dash to her art exhibit opening … but which one is the thief? Surely not her dear friend, nor the handsome Dario – whodonnit? I loved Pamela Allegretto’s first serious novel, and although this one is very different, her storytelling is just as powerful. Especially during these at-home times, I’ve enjoyed this lighthearted read immensely. Do read it if you want to be smiling at the end – and hoping to join captivating Carla on… another adventure?”

ASHES TO ASHES DIAMONDS TO DUST is available worldwide on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BookLocker, Kobo and Apple. https://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Diamonds-Dust-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1647181828

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST

 

 

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EASTER BUNNY VISIT

The Easter Bunny came early. No chocolate eggs but something much better, this lovely review from Mary Kay McCabe. She started reading the paperback, misplaced it, and finished the read on her Kindle. Such an enthusiastic reader is truly an author’s dream.

“Could not find my paperback copy of Ashes to Ashes, Diamonds to Dust anywhere! Needed to read it, so I bought a copy on Kindle and spent the next 10 hours reading it! I have NEVER done that before, but could not put it down except to get something to eat or drink or to let my Border Collie out! Awesome book! Can’t wait for your next one! Loved the reference to your last book! Thanks so much for a great read.”

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