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.

Pololu Valley Lookout

Pololu Valley Lookout

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“MARVELOUS WORLD WAR 11 EPIC”

 
“MARVELOUS WORLD WAR 11 EPIC”
 
I offer my most sincere gratitude to noted author, Linda Lee Greene, for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I am humbled by your generosity.
 
“Downsizing from a large four-bedroom home and moving to a small two-bedroom condominium in recent months has made it impossible for me to read at my usual speedy pace. But when my tortured back and squealing feet refused me during my “downsizing” project, I was able to spend much of my time-outs reading a few books, among them a marvelous World War II epic titled “Bridge of Sighs and Dreams” by author and artist Pamela Allegretto. The book was a perfect diversion, and has earned an honored place in my library of “World War II Books.”
Like Kristen Hannah’s acclaimed World War II novel “The Nightingale,” Allegretto’s novel explores the seldom-seen topic of the effects of war on women, the former on two sisters in German-occupied France, the latter on two sisters-in-law in war-torn Italy. If you haven’t read both of these fabulous books, you are missing out on big-time reading pleasures.
An artist whose fine art is collected worldwide, Allegretto’s every stroke of the keyboard that gave life to “Bridge of Sighs and Dreams” is rendered as masterfully as the brushstrokes that shape her popular canvasses.”
 
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APRIL FOOLS

APRIL FOOLS
 
I decided since today is April Fools Day, I would share a few Italian Proverbs regarding fools. they’re just a little fluff for a light-hearted holiday.
 
“I pazzi crescono senza innaffiarli.”
“Fools grow without watering.”
 
“I pazzi inventano la moda e I savi la adottano.”
“Fools create the fashion and the wise adopt it.”
 
“I pazzi per lettera sono I maggiori pazzi.”
“Learned fools are the greatest fools.”
 
“Quando no dice niente, non è dal savio il pazzo differente”.
“When no one speaks, the fool and the wise are equal.”
 
“Ognuno può far della sua pasta gnocchi.”
“Everyone can make his own recipe for pasta.”
OOPS!!! 

Let's Dance

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That doesn’t have anything to do with fools.

APRIL FOOLS!!!
What does it really mean?
“If it’s yours, you can do as you like.”
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“Expressive and lyrical writing style”

“Expressive and lyrical writing style”
Be still my heart. This review leaves me speechless. Well, almost speechless; I’m Italian, and speechless is a word rarely used in my family. That being said, I offer my most heartfelt gratitude to renowned author/photographer, Susan Marie Malloy for taking the time to write such a lovely, thoughtful review. Check it out.
“These days, it’s a rare occasion to come across a well-written, beautifully told story that stays with the reader long after the last page is turned, and the book cover closed. Pamela Allegretto’s “Bridge of Sighs and Dreams” is one of those remarkable, extraordinary novels that I have been privileged to read this year.
This story, an historical fiction novel set in Rome, Italy during the Fascist government and the subsequent Nazi-occupation and Allied liberation, tells the story of Angelina Rosini and Lidia Corsini and their intersecting lives that are fraught with love, betrayal, sacrifice, lust for power, greed, and duplicity, and triumph.
When Angelina Rosini’s village is bombed, she and her daughter, Gina, flee to Rome after an Allied attack. Meanwhile, her husband, Pietro, joins the military. Though she is apolitical, she finds herself thrust into the world of the Italian Resistance with both trustworthy and nefarious individuals. Angelia continues her artwork, sketching anti-Fascist cartoons and painting portraits to survive.
Conversely, Angelina’s sister-in-law, who is Pietro’s sister, is busy conniving ways to cozy up to the Nazis to fill her purse, ego, and appetite for social position. She stops at nothing, first with snitching against Jews and ultimately betraying her family, including her son, Carmine.
Pamela Allegretto’s writing style is beautiful and lyrical, and I became engrossed in the setting, characters, and story.
“They dined on baked gnocchi and roasted eggplant with red peppers and rosemary. They each were served a Rosetta Veneziana, a tender roll shaped like a flower with its petals neatly tucked in the center. Angela peeled the petals from her roll, ate one, and left the rest to wilt on her plate.”
This is beautiful imagery that wakes up the olfactory and visual senses. I could almost (maybe I did) smell the fresh yeast from the bread, the pungent rosemary on the eggplant, see the darkened red peppers against the creamy flesh of the eggplant, and the blending of all colors and aromas around the dining table that honestly delighted me.
“Angelina sat in their attic apartment and doodled on a sketchpad . . . [s]he tore the page from the sketchpad and waved it above her head.”
Here is great action and emotion, wrapped up in just a few words within that paragraph. I could feel Angelina’s passion as she sketched the image of Il Duce and an expectant woman, with a cluster of gaunt children in the background.
Throughout the novel, the author cleverly and brilliantly inserts smatterings of Italian, which adds to the flavor and emotion of the story. For example: “’“Poverina,” the man mumbled. “This war has cast its evil shadow in her mind.”’ The Italian word “poverina” doesn’t distract from the pace nor the narrative. I found it charming and apropos to the story. Furthermore, there is the tiniest bit of German, but that, too, the reader should understand without being fluent: “He rolled down his window and said, ‘Guten Morgen.’”
Because the story is set during World War II, I fully expected to see violent scenes, gore, and death. That is reality, and to the author’s credit, she conveyed those scenes with reality and class. Yes, the reader sees bullets grazing limbs and bullets passing through bodies and a knife thrust into flesh, but the “blood and guts” is shown is such a way that it doesn’t force the reader to ruminate on it, but rather it allows the reader to understand it is presented as a fact of war, and then the action moves along to the next scene.
The world is war-ravaged: “They passed a smoldering vineyard, whose memory of emerald leaves and purple grapes now dulled to shades of gray ash.” Yet, it is established that even with the destruction, the reader can see the bit of beauty and greater hope still holding on.
Nevertheless, this is not a completely dark and joyless story. As the reader will discover, there is humor in war:
‘” The soldier unfolded the presumed incriminating paper and read aloud from it, “Pane, olio, vino…” “That’s a shopping list!” the first soldier exclaimed, grabbing the list and reading it himself. Frustrated, the soldier pulled Michele away from the wall and said, “Michele Ponza, you are under arrest.” “What are the charges?” Michele mocked the soldier. “Did I forget to add the milk?”’
I laughed with and cheered on Michele simultaneously. Bravissimo!
Additionally, there is bliss in the simplest thing as eating long-denied chocolates:
“She stared at this nun, who had chocolate dripping from her lips, and she wondered if everyone in the convent might be a bit round the bend.”
The characters are so very well and expertly developed that the reader cannot help but care one way or another about them, and hope for their rewards.
Indeed, early on, Lidia reveals her disdain for her husband: “You’re such a worm.” Her malevolent demeanor and hate towards everyone show an apparent no end.
Conversely, despite the difficulties and deaths that Angelina faces, we always feel her strength and benevolence, even in the simplest act of painting flowers on old bedsheets that find double-duty as room dividers: ‘“Every home needs a flower garden,” she explained to her wide-eyed children.” Yes, even under the gloomiest conditions, she finds sunshine and holds onto some of the basic human qualities: courage and hope.
There are passages and scenes where the characters seem, under perhaps the most unbelievable conditions, of meeting at the right place at the right time. I contend that though on the surface this may appear implausible or far-fetched, it does happen, as I firsthand have experienced such occurrences, in that sort of “truth is stranger than fiction” scenarios.
This is a novel well worth reading and re-reading for its historical accuracy, expressive and lyrical writing style, and fascinating story with characters that are both appealing and repulsive.
But then, that is life, and those are people, no matter the era or location. And that is the reality of what makes this novel worth reading and savoring.”
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“Fast-paced, engaging story…”

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

“Fast-paced, engaging story…with unforeseen plot twists and turns, fully-fleshed characters, witty dialogue, and artistic snapshots of war.”

 I just received this amazing 5-star review from best-selling author Eva Pasco. Life is good!

“This heart wrenching story unfolds in Nazi-occupied Rome during World War II, a backdrop for traitors and spies from many sides: Fascists, Communists, the Resistance, Jews, Nazis, and the Vatican. These disparities hone a fast-paced, engaging story with unforeseen plot twists and turns, fully-fleshed characters, witty dialogue, and artistic snapshots of war—“It appeared to her as though a giant hand picked up the entire town and ground it up in its fist.”

The author deftly paints a vivid and realistic picture of war-torn Italy through the bold brushstrokes of her characters—notably, protagonist Angelina Rosini, a talented portrait painter. In fact, life imitates art when one of the characters comments in reference to a cloak and dagger scenario, “…a painting comes to life after you add the shadows. The placement of shadows is critical…you must find your shadows and put them in their proper place.”

Accuracy is reflected in this historical fiction through the book’s title, which delineates the bridge between hope and despair elicited from the ravages of war. The characters themselves represent the disparities of human nature exploited by war for survival: good and evil; loyalty and betrayal; greed and self-sacrifice; honesty and deceit, love and hatred…

I highly recommend this well-written page turner and nail biter that doesn’t mince words or spare the truth by selling the reader short with saccharine sentimentality.”

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“CAPTIVATING AND EXCEPTIONAL READ”

“CAPTIVATING AND EXCEPTIONAL READ”

The sun shines a bit brighter each time a new 5-star review appears on Amazon. I offer my most sincere thanks to author Barbara Best for taking the time to write such a lovely review.

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams takes you on an emotional and bittersweet journey through one of the darkest and most disquieting times in modern European history. With grace and style, Author Pamela Allegretto paints a complex panorama of World War II Italy. She skillfully weaves fact and fiction through a string of multifaceted characters that come to life. It is a deeply human story of good and evil, love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, triumph and tragedy during a brutal and devastating time that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit — a people and culture gripped by a nightmare who managed the strength to endure and rise above. If you are looking for a seamless historical fiction, well researched and well told, I highly recommend this captivating and exceptional read.”

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“THIS BOOK LEFT ME BREATHLESS!”

“THIS BOOK LEFT ME BREATHLESS!”

This “Breathless” comment left me “speechless!” My heartfelt gratitude to noted author, Daniella Bernett, for taking the time to write such a lovely review.

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.”

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“PHENOMENAL! SOLID 5 STARS”

“PHENOMENAL! SOLID 5 STARS”

I am deeply grateful to acclaimed author, Greg Seeley, for this glowing review of Bridge of Sighs and Dreams.

“Pamela Allegretto takes us on a heart-wrenching and emotional journey in her “have to read” novel. The story is set in a time when Italy, with its rich history and cultural heritage, has been taken over by modern-age barbarians, the Fascists and then the Nazis.
Angelina, a young mother whose husband has been drafted into the Italian army and sent to fight alongside the Germans on the Russian front, has two primary goals – first to survive the madness but, more importantly, to protect her daughter, Gina. Not only must she watch as one after another of her friends and relatives is betrayed and murdered, she must also protect those she loves from the machinations of her husband’s sister who will do anything and turn in anyone to ingratiate herself with the country’s occupiers and enhance her personal fortunes.
Allegretto draws the reader relentlessly through the darkest period in modern European history as it showcases both the brutality visited upon Italy by the Fascists and the Nazis and the courage and compassion of those who oppose them. The plot contains numerous twists and turns, keeping the reader constantly wondering who can be trusted and who can’t. The tension in Allegretto’s novel is non-stop and includes a richly drawn cast of characters, both good and evil.
“Bridge of Sighs and Dreams” is a must-read for both suspense and history buffs as well as for others whose “rounding out” needs to include an understanding of this dark period. I rate this work a solid five stars.”

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“ENGROSSING AND FAST PACED READ”

ENGROSSING AND FAST PACED READ… skillfully drawn characters, a compelling historical framework, and a plot with unexpected twists and turns.”

Those words and the complete review posted below were written by acclaimed author Joanna Kafarowski. I am deeply grateful to Joanna for taking the time to write such a lovely 5-star review. Reviews DO matter! Cheers!

“Spirited Angelina Rosini lead an idyllic life in Faicchio, southern Italy in the late 1930s. With an adoring husband, a beloved daughter, and her extended family living around her, she thought her life was complete. Her world was ripped asunder by Fascists loyal to Benito Mussolini, and Angelina is forced to flee to Rome. But, instead of a safe haven, she encounters the brutal machinations of her scheming sister in law and a sinister Nazi officer who pursues her no matter what.
In “Bridge of Sighs and Dreams, author Pamela Allegretto tells of Angelina’s desperate struggle for her family amidst the horrors of war. With skillfully drawn characters, a compelling historical framework, and a plot with unexpected twists and turns, this is a real delight for fans of historical fiction.”

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“TOTALLY CAPTIVATED” – 5 Stars From Across The Pond

“TOTALLY CAPTIVATED” – 5 Stars From Across The Pond

I am humbled and grateful for every review, and those international reviews are always a special treat. Here’s the latest from Great Britain, by noted author and much admired photographer, David Bird.

“I’ve never been much of a reader, but I must say that I totally enjoyed reading this book, I was captivated all the way through. I do hope that there will be more to come from this brilliant writer. I feel she has so much more to offer. Great book and would highly recommend to others.”
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MATERA

MATERA

For those adventurous artists who have squeezed the last drop from your yellow ochre and burnt sienna while painting Tuscan sunrises and sunsets, head south. I’m not talking Rome or Naples or Salerno, I mean the Deep South that Carlo Levi wrote about in Christ Stopped at Eboli.

In 1935, The Fascists exiled Levi to this region as a political prisoner. For persons unfamiliar with this book, it has nothing to do with religion or of Christ making a weekend get-away to the Basilicata region. It refers to the idea that if Christ was traveling south in Italy and doing his Godly thing along the way, then he stopped when he reached EboliLevi wrote: “upon my arrival, the peasants said, ‘we are not Christians, Christ stopped short of here, at Eboli.’ Christian, in their way of speaking meant human being.” This “God-forsaken” region remains today a land outside time.

So, what do I like about this earthy and primeval region? Just that. It’s earthy and primitive. In addition, the architecture is fun and challenging to paint.

Matera

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CINQUE STELLE

CINQUE STELLE –

Ti ringrazio tanto, Patrizia Martinelli, che hai dedicato il tempo da scrivere una recensione così bella sul Goodreads ed Amazon.it. Apprezzo la tua gentilezza e generosità. Ti auguro un felice anno nuovo.

“Finalmente, un libro “straniero” ambientato in Italia che, oltre ad una trama avvincente, offre rigore storico, conoscenza dei luoghi e nomi italiani scritti in modo corretto. Basta con le scempiaggini di Dan Brown o Marina Fiorato, due campioni di sciatteria e smania di vendere a dispetto del realismo. Pamela Allegretto ha scritto un romanzo avvincente e accurato dal punto di vista storico. Dal borgo campano di Faicchio alla Roma fascista e poi occupata dai nazisti, il libro segue le vicende drammatiche di Angelina, una lotta che lotta con ogni forza per salvare se stessa e sua figlia.”

Many thanks to Patrizia Martinelli for having taken the time to write such a lovely review.

“Finally, a “foreign” book set in Italy that, in addition to a compelling storyline, offers historical rigor, knowledge of the places, and Italian names written correctly. Enough with the foolishness of Dan Brown or Marina Fiorato, two champions of sloppiness and a desire to sell in spite of realism. Pamela Allegretto has written a compelling and accurate novel from the historical point of view. From the village of Campania in Faicchio to fascist Rome and then later Nazi-occupied Rome, the book follows the dramatic events of Angelina, a survivor who fights “con brio” to save herself and her daughter.”

 

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“A REAL PAGE TURNER”

A REAL PAGE TURNER… filled with intrigue, calculated greed, and a personal vendetta.”

Thank you so very much to Bette Orr for taking the time to write such a lovely review on Amazon.

“A fabulous read…..a real page turner! Pamela Allegretto has written an exciting historical novel of WWII from the viewpoint of those living unthinkable hardships in Nazi occupied Rome. Filled with intrigue and calculated greed at its worse, and a personal vendetta as an underlying backdrop. How close family and friend bonds can survive anything with love and determination. An excellent read!”

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ALLEGRETTO ART – FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING!

Pamela Allegretto Franz

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ALLEGRETTO ART – FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING! Extended today, Friday,11/24, until midnight tonight: Eastern Standard Time! Quality giclee prints, greeting cards, tote bags, i-phone cases, throw pillows, etc. I hope you enjoy browsing through my eclectic gallery that ranges from bold trompe l’oeil “Views to Go,” thru animated Kid’s Art, to landscapes, tropical scenes, Music themes, and sun-drenched Italian villages.

I enjoy fusing whimsy with realism, and the variety in my style, medium, and subject reflects a Gemini nature that consistently prods me away from monotony.

A thousand thanks, mille grazie, merci` beaucoup, vielen dank, muchas gracias to yesterday’s buyers! I am deeply appreciative and hope you all enjoy the prints and cards. Cheers!!! Go to: http://pamela-allegretto.fineartamerica.com

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TUSCAN TABLE – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

TUSCAN TABLE – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Tuscan Table

Tuscan Table – Click on garlic to enlarge image or to purchase giclee prints.

I know Thanksgiving seems like it’s all about the food, but we need to take some time to reflect on all those everyday things that we take for granted: a roof over our heads, lights, water, heat, food, a change of clean clothes, shoes, etc., etc. We need to be mindful that in a moment due to floods, hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, earthquakes, and bombs, we could lose these basics, including family and friends. So pay it forward. Do what you can when you can for as many as you can. Despite race, ethnicity, religion, lack of religion, economic situation, sexual orientation, etc., we are all Mother Earth’s children.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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