Title: Bella Cigna
Author: Wendi Dass
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Publication Date: September 30, 2020
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
Devastated by personal loss, Sarah Flynn escapes to Rome where she finds a job teaching English. Only the girls’ school is like a nunnery and she’s expected to speak fluent Italian overnight. What has she gotten herself into? While the beautiful sights rekindle her interest in art, not even her brush finding canvas can heal all the wounds she carries. She’ll need the help of a meddling nun, a nutty mathematician, and a handsome Italian admirer. Can Sarah overcome the insecurities born of a shattered marriage? Will she again take a chance on love?
Why This Book
Bella Cigna is a lovely and sweet story of a woman learning to love again after her husband leaves her when she’s unable to conceive. To get away from it all, Sarah heads for Rome, where she’ll teach English to Catholic schoolgirls. There, she befriends one of the other American teachers, as well as a young quiet girl, Lucia, whose parents are divorced. While the focus of the story was more oriented towards Sarah’s blooming relationship with the Lucia’s father, a good chunk of the story was also devoted to Sarah getting to know Lucia and Sarah teaching her students. It was great to see her teaching and interacting with the students and their parents.
My review: “The school did feel a little austere, which was to be expected. But I felt like I was walking the halls with Sarah. Most of all, I loved the attention to detail Sarah put into her classroom and, as I read this during distance learning with my own elementary school aged-child, it made my heart ache a little, and made me appreciate all the time and love teachers put into their students. As austere as the school felt, it was also full of care and a love for the students.”
Sublime Book Review gave this a 4.75, saying “Although the ending was easy to foresee, the journey to get there was engaging. The author opened a window into the heartache, doubts, and passions of the protagonist, while supporting her with a varied and interesting cast of characters”
N.N. Light’s Book Heaven gave this 5 stars, saying “Bella Cigna is a fantastic story about taking risks, traveling to a foreign country and discovering the good life. Wendi Dass takes the reader on a romantic adventure through intensive descriptive narration”
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