“FANTASTIC BOOK”

“FANTASTIC BOOK”

“I love books that are thoroughly entertaining but where I learn something at the same time (in this case, life in Italy under Mussolini and the Nazi occupation). ‘Bridge of Sighs and Dreams’ scores top marks on both counts with its rivetingly strong plot and utterly engaging characters. I look forward to reading more from this author.”

My most heartfelt gratitude to Penny for taking the time to write this lovely review. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the read. Cheers!

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

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

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YOGA AT SUNRISE

 YOGA AT SUNRISE

I enjoy using a calligraphy styled, disconnected-line technique that allows the viewer’s eye to fill in the spaces. Yoga in the morning is a fabulous way to start the day with a calm, positive attitude. This 8”X10” acrylic on wrapped canvas is available for purchase at my art website: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com

YOGA AT SUNRISE

YOGA AT SUNRISE

Quality Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size, tote bags, yoga mats, mugs, shower curtains, etc., are available at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/yoga-at-sunrise-pamela-allegretto.html

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ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT

“A brilliantly written book is set in rural Italy and Rome during World War II.
The writer has a great talent for drawing the reader in from the very beginning. This incredible story tells of the atrocities of war, the heart wrenching loss of family and friends, betrayal, the lies, greed, and deceit.
It is such an emotional read, but one that I have no hesitation in recommending.”

Thank you so much to Sandra McKenna for taking the time to write such a lovely review for Bridge of Sighs and Dreams. I am thrilled that you enjoyed the read and grateful to you for your kindness and generosity. Best wishes.

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

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015JRFQE8

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 https://www.amazon.it/dp/B015JRFQE8

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!

Quality Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size, tote bags, yoga mats, mugs, shower curtains, etc., are available at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/pride-bouquet-pamela-allegretto.html

PRIDE BOUQUET

PRIDE BOUQUET

The original 6”X12” acrylic on wrapped canvas is available for purchase on my website: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com  or contact me here.

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FAMILY UNITY

FAMILY UNITY

 Infants, toddlers, ALL children belong with their parents and should not be used as tools for racist, hateful politicians. We are all children of Mother Earth and we should have no room in our lives for bigotry or cruelty! Is it so difficult to treat other people’s children the way we expect our own children to be treated? Is it so difficult to keep ALL families together the way we expect our families to stay together?

The original 8”x10” acrylic on wrapped canvas is available for purchase on my website: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com  or contact me here.

FAMILY UNITY

FAMILY UNITY

Quality Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size, tote bags, yoga mats, mugs, shower curtains, etc., are available at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/family-unity-pamela-allegretto.html

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“A PACE THAT WILL KEEP YOUR HEART RACING”

“A PACE THAT WILL KEEP YOUR HEART RACING”

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

“Bridge of Sighs and Dreams is everything that readers who enjoy historical fiction, romance, and suspense could ever want in a book! The author tells the story that is captivating to say the very least. The main character, Angelina Rossini, is engaging and empowering as she deals with the brutal and unimaginable circumstances during war-torn Italy under Nazi occupation and the people she loves. Pietro, her husband was enlisted in the Italian army only to end up in a POW camp after Italy got out of the war on the side of Germany. The choices that these two make while apart have a way of breaking your heart and renewing your faith in love all at the same time. Parts of this book are violent and not easy to stomach yet the book manages to be beautiful and filled with hope and strength. The details and characters are vividly drawn, the story moves at a pace that will keep your heart racing, and the story itself is mesmerizing. I absolutely recommend this book to the readers who enjoy historical fiction and romance, and strong female characters at that.”

AMAZON:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015JRFQE8

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Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

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DANCE FEVER 2

DANCE FEVER 2

Whenever I get painter’s block (that’s what I call it when my mind hits a snag, and I can’t come up with a subject for my next painting) I revert to what I call fun art. I use the term fun art because aside from layout and pathways, there are no rules to follow. I’m free to use my imagination with the subject and color pallet.

In Dance Fever 2 I combined my love of music and art with a playful nod to dance.

The original 18”x24” acrylic on wrapped canvas painting is available for purchase at my art website: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com  or contact me here.

Nel quadro Dance Fever 2 ho unito la mia passione d’arte con la mia passione della musica e ballare.  Si può comprare l’originale al mio sito: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com

DANCE FEVER 2

DANCE FEVER 2

Si può comprarne delle stampe qui: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/dance-fever-2-pamela-allegretto.html

Quality Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size, tote bags, mugs, pillows, etc., are available at:  https://fineartamerica.com/featured/dance-fever-2-pamela-allegretto.html or contact me here.

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“ONE OF THE BEST WWII NOVELS”

BRDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

“ONE OF THE BEST WWII NOVELS”

My heartfelt thanks to the Amazon reader for writing such a lovely review. I am delighted that you enjoyed the novel and appreciate your kindness. I’m sorry that your name was not listed so that I could thank you personally.

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams is one of the best WWII novels that I have ever read. Along with vivid descriptions of the horrors of war, it introduces interesting, well-developed, and realistic characters. The plot is full of twists and turns as it takes the reader through the difficult life and struggle for survival of the main character, Angelina, and her daughter, Gina. This is not your run-of-the-mill war novel. It is a book that takes you back to those horrible years making you feel and experience what the characters are going through. I read with gusto and at times found it hard to put the book down.”

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams is available in eBook and paperback editions on:

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015JRFQE8

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 https://www.amazon.it/dp/B015JRFQE8

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MOTHER’S DAY GIFT

What an amazing Mother’s Day gift coming all the way from France, these beautiful words and review written by noted author, Laurette Long. Merci` beaucoup, Laurette. La vita e` veramente bellissima!

“I’ve just read Pamela Allegretto-Franz‘s wonderful novel ‘Bridge of Sighs and Dreams’…Italy in the late thirties and forties: ‘Fresco’ is a particularly apt term for this book, written by an artist, where the main character is an artist, and where Allegretto transposes her pictorial ‘eye’ to the written page, creating a vast, detailed, and sensuous word-portrait as the background for a personal drama as full of passion as the classical dramas of antiquity. A must read!🌹”

“Although many novels have been written about France during the Occupation of WW2, Italy’s history in the late thirties and forties is less well documented in fictional form. Starting with the rise of fascism under Mussolini, going on to the surrender and subsequent occupation by former ally Nazi Germany, this book, covering some of the most sombre pages in modern European history, is ultimately uplifting in its faith in the resilience of the human spirit to survive and endure.
Pamela Allegretto’s fascinating story opens in 1938 with a bucolic scene in a cherry orchard in southern Italy. We are on the farm of the Lombardi family, ‘at the base of the Matese mountains’, a farm whose 12th century walls have ‘stood vigil over the Lombardi family for hundreds of years.’ But this is about to change with brutal suddenness, signalling the end of an era and the beginning of a courageous struggle by one woman to survive and protect her daughter in a country torn apart by war and political divisions, set mainly against a fresco of life in occupied Rome.
‘Fresco’ is a particularly apt term for this book, written by an artist, where the main character is an artist, and where Allegretto transposes her pictorial ‘eye’ to the written page, creating a vast, detailed and sensuous word-portrait as the background for a personal drama as full of passion as the classical dramas of antiquity.
1943: with both parents dead and her husband, Pietro, somewhere on the Russian front, Angelina Rosini (née Lombardi) takes the decision to leave the family farm, now taken over by German forces. She sets out on the dangerous journey to Rome along with young daughter, Gina. But what should have been a safe sanctuary at the home of Pietro’s sister, Lidia and her artist husband, turns into a nightmare. Lidia’s greed, her duplicity, amorality and growing jealousy causes her to turn against Angelina with all the madness and vindictiveness of a Fury. The tense personal drama between the two women plays out against the backdrop of the city, a battered Rome with its starving population, its terrified Jews, and the scattered Resistance members risking their lives in often disorganized struggles against the occupiers. Capture for the Jews means either a swift death or a lingering one in the camps; reprisals for anyone caught helping them, or the Allies, are stunningly brutal, as in the terrible scene of the historically documented account of the massacre at the Ardean caves.
This is both a gripping story and a beautifully written book. The author is not afraid to tackle big themes and her narrative sweep is enhanced by a cast of memorable characters on all sides of the conflict, sensitively portrayed, using nuances of grey as well as high, dramatic contrast.
A must-read!”

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

AMAZON:

BRDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015JRFQE8

 AMAZON.IT:

 https://www.amazon.it/dp/B015JRFQE8

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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bridge-of-sighs…/1122645088…

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CINCO DE MAYO

CINCO DE MAYO

MEXICAN SERENADE

Pedro has been serenading outside his lover’s window for hours, but she’s playing hard to get. 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.

THE ORIGINAL 16″x20″

Mexican Serenade

Mexican Serenade

ACRYLIC ON WRAPPED CANVAS IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. Quaility giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size are available at:

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NEW ENGLAND COVERED BRIDGE

NEW ENGLAND COVERED BRIDGE

When we first moved to Connecticut, I became fascinated by the multitude of charming covered bridges scattered across the state. I understand the covered bridge craze abounds throughout all of New England. A few years ago, I painted this bridge in the spring before the flowers had a chance to bloom. I always thought the painting lacked “life. So in this painting I “planted” my own flowers.

The original 10”x15” acrylic on 140 pound Arches watercolor paper is available at: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com or contact me here.

NEW ENGLAND COVERED BRIDGE

NEW ENGLAND COVERED BRIDGE

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“PAGE-TURNER EXTRAORDINAIRE”

 

“PAGE-TURNER EXTRAORDINAIRE”

Mille Grazie to Burton for this lovely review.

“Pamela Allegretto does a masterful job of leading her readers into the horrors of the German oppression of Italy from 1943 to 1945. She accomplishes this through the eyes of the victims and the vanquished in a fascinating tale of deep love and callous hate within one family. From beginning to end, we are reminded that this war brought out the best and the worst in people. A page-turner extraordinaire.”

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

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 https://www.amazon.it/dp/B015JRFQE8

 AMAZON UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto-ebook/dp/B015JRFQE8

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Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

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SUNFLOWERS

  SUNFLOWERS

Although clearly I am not a botanical artist, still, I think all flowers are beautiful whether real or imagined. The original 8”x10″ acrylic on one-inch thick wrapped canvas is for sale.

View this and other originals at my website: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com

Quality Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size, tote bags, pillows, and more are available at:

3 SUNFLOWERS

3 SUNFLOWERS

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY VENICE – BUON COMPLEANNO VENEZIA

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VENICE – BUON COMPLEANNO VENEZIA

Tomorrow, 25 April, Venice will celebrate its 1598th birthday.

Venezia

Venezia

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/venezia-pamela-allegretto.html

For an interesting article, I encourage you to read; A Short Introduction to the Complicated History of Venice at:

https://www.theveniceinsider.com/introduction-history-venice/#comment-55476

In this acrylic on wrapped canvas, I tried to capture the warm tones of this particular canal, as many Venetian canals are painted in more pastel tones.

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Happy International Women’s Day to all you fabulous women who keep it ALL together. And to all the wonderful men who GET IT.

Although clearly I am not a botanical artist, still, I think all flowers are beautiful whether real or imagined.

The original 12″x12″ acrylic on wrapped canvas has been sold. However, quality giclee prints are available at the link below.

Sunflowers at Sunset

Sunflowers at Sunset

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