Our Book Review – Love & Famiglia: The DiDominzio Novellas by Lyssa Layne


** Provided on behalf of the author for an honest review **
** Review by Kylie from Bloggers From Down Under **

” Meet the DiDominzio family- fiery, loud, Italian. Francesca, Antonia, Gianna and Carmine were raised by their strict, old school Italian father. Each sibling has their own journey but how they find their happily ever after definitely isn’t easy”

In this four part novel, we do exactly what Lyssa describes in her introduction. We meet each family member, and get a little sneak peek into the busy lives of each sibling. And even though all four stories are intertwined superbly, each story in itself is beautifully written.

In part one “The King and the Pawn” you’ll meet the youngest daughter, Francesca, an up and coming fashion designer (much to her fathers dismay). This girl has serious balls when she confronts her father, stating that she’s going against his wishes and starting a fashion line of her very own. All she needs is the money, and she’s hoping she can get the inheritance that was left for her a little early to make a start.

Francesca comes up with the perfect plan – bring home a man that her father will not approve of with the hope they can strike up some bargain, and see her granted the money she desperately needs.

What she doesn’t plan on is falling madly in love with non-Italian ex army seargeant Guy Sillers.

In part two “Not in Love” the second to youngest daughter Antonia, finds herself alone and pregnant to the man she thought she would spend the rest of her live with. Unfortunately said man is also married and expecting a child with his wife. Her greatest fear is facing her whole family with the news that she conceived a baby out of wedlock. But what will happen when her childhood friend Lorenzo steps up to the plate and says he will take responsibility for the baby? Maybe, just maybe love was right in front of Antonia the whole time.

In part three, “One day as a Lion”, sees the eldest sibling Gianna fighting her own battles in the form of her violent abusive husband. While her siblings feel something isn’t right, it’s not until Gianna takes the law into her own hands that she call on them for help. Also there to help her is Luca, the handsome police officer, who specialises in domestic violence cases. He knows the truth about what happened that night, but will he risk his relationship with this Italian beauty, or call her out in her lie?

In the final story “Destined for You”, Carmine’s, the only son, life revolves around his family and the club he opened years before. There’s no room in his life for serious relationships……..until he meets the gorgeous Italian Natalia. Together they will share so many firsts for both of them, but will soon come crashing down once Carine learns the true identity that Natalia has been hiding from him.

A truly magnificent book that I enjoyed immensely. I’ve read Lyssa’s previous works, so I kind of knew what I was in for, BUT this book is like nothing she has ever written before.
It won’t be long into the book that you’ll be uttering little Italian phrases……

Bellissima, dolcezza, bellisima xoxox


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