But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.
For some, they are real life.
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all.
I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.
I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all.
The Savonas still hold power where it counts most.
In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more.
And I am soon to become one of them.
I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife…
… or at least I was, until I met Achille.
And everything changed.
My Review –
5 Take Me To Italy Stars!!
*I volunteered to review a Copy of this book from Ardent Prose PR*
Thank you so very much Ardent Prose PR!! I am extremely honored and grateful!! 🙂
This was my first time reading Ms.Cole’s work and I seriously could have punched myself for not having picked up her work sooner!! I positively loved this story with my whole heart!! It touched on serious subjects that aren’t often addressed in books and for that I am grateful. To say this story is beautiful would be a HUGE understatement!! My heart broke, my tears flowed freely, my giddiness couldn’t be wavered, my smiles reached my eyes, and my heart loved these characters deeply. I can honestly say without a doubt that this story touched me like no other!! I would even go as far as to say that this is the best book of 2016!!
Ms.Cole didn’t just create a love story for the ages but one that hits not only your heart and your mind but your soul in every single way. She proves that love does exist and that we shouldn’t give up on finding it! The raw beauty between not only the two main characters but the pages of the book as Italy unfolded right before my very eyes is what took my breath away. I felt as if I could taste the wine, feel the vines, and experience every amazing view. Ms.Cole stole my heart in ways I cannot fully describe nor do I want to because the connection I had with this story is embedded so deeply in my veins. I plan on purchasing the rest of her work as soon as possible!! Also, I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next!! 😀
A Veil of Vines is about Caresa Acardi who knows her fate when it comes marriage but her heart aches for something more deeper and Achille who lives and breathes his vineyards. Sometimes things don’t go according to plan and you meet the right person at the wrong time. That rings true when these two lock eyes and hearts are threatened to fall.
Caresa has to be one the sweetest and most down to earth heroines that I have ever come across!! Her love for helping others is what truly grabbed me while I was reading. The way she adored horses stuck with me as well. Her determination was a force to be reckoned with. Achille IS my favorite hero of all time!! He was so undeniably sexy with a pure heart of gold!! The way he cared about the land and became one with nature each day showed how much he loved his passion in life. My heart broke for him so many times but his strength is what repaired the pieces. From now on I’ll carry him within my mind always! He is a character that left a huge mark and one to remembered forever.
Will Caresa go through with her marriage that had been set in stone since she was a child? Or will she fight for the happiness she deserves? Will Achille stick to what he knows? Or will he discover things that bring his world to life? One-Click it Today to find out!! If you pick up one book before the end of 2016 which is pretty soon (Hello New Years) Make it A Veil of Vines!! I promise that you will not regret reading this book!! Also, it should be noted that I read this story with it pouring the rain outside the whole time (Those who’ve read the book will understand). 5 THIS AMAZINGNESS CANNOT BE BEAT Stars!!! 🙂
As my papa’s G5 began its descent, I looked out of the window beside me and waited for the plane to break through the clouds. I held my breath, body tense, then suddenly the burnt-orange remnants of daylight flooded the plane, bathing the interior with a soft, golden glow. I inhaled deeply. Italia.
Fields and fields of green and yellow created a patchwork quilt below, rolling hills and crystal-blue lakes stretching as far the eye could see. I smiled as a sense of warmth ran through me.
It was the most beautiful place on earth.
Sitting back in my wide cream leather chair, I closed my eyes and tried to prepare myself for what was coming. I was flying to Florence airport, from where I would be swiftly taken to the Palazzo Savona estate just outside of the city.
I would meet Prince Zeno.
I had met him twice before—once when I was four, of which I had no memory, and again when I was ten. The interaction we’d had as children had been brief. If I was being honest, I had found Zeno to be arrogant and rude. He had been thirteen at the time and not at all interested in meeting a ten-year-old girl from America.
Neither of us had known at the time that that our betrothal had been agreed upon two years prior. It turned out that the trip my papa had taken to Umbria when I was eight was to secure a forever-bond between the Savonas and the Acardis. King Santo and my father had planned for their only children to marry. They were already joined in business; Zeno’s arranged marriage to me would also strengthen both families’ place in society.
I thought back on my New York farewell of nine hours ago and sighed. My parents had driven me to the private hangar and said their goodbyes. My mama cried—her only child was leaving her for a new life. My papa, although sad to see me go, beamed at me with the utmost pride. He had held me close and whispered, “I have never been more proud of you than I am right now, Caresa. Savona Wines’ stock has plummeted since Santo’s death. This union will reassure all the shareholders that our business is still strong. That we are still a stable company with Zeno at the helm.”
I had given him a tight smile and boarded the plane with a promise that they would see me before the wedding. And that had been that.
I was to marry Zeno, and I hadn’t protested even once. I imagined to most modern-day women living in New York, the process of arranged marriages sounded positively medieval, even barbaric. For a blue blood, it was simply a part of life.
King Santo Savona died two months ago. The shareholders of his many Italian vineyards, the stakeholders in Savona Wines, had expected his son, Zeno, to immediately step up and take charge. Instead, Zeno had plunged himself into the party scene even harder than before—and that was quite a feat. Within weeks my papa had flown out to Umbria to see what could be done.
The answer: our imminent union.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.
Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.
Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.
When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.