Victoria Greco has grown used to the loneliness in her heart. She's tried to forget a painful breakup by focusing single-mindedly on her career. Then, while vacationing in Venice, Victoria meets Alvise--a handsome gondolier who makes her smile.
After a night of passion, Victoria assumes she'll never see him again. But when Alvise e-mails her suggesting they reconnect, she's astonished and delighted. Victoria invites him to California and is surprised at how easily Alvise fits into her life.
Then the unimaginable happens: Alvise asks her to return with him to Venice. Victoria is torn. She's hoping to be promoted at work, and she'd have to give up her career to move halfway around the world. Then again, she can't stand the thought of letting her chance at true love slip away. She finally reaches a decision, but will she regret it once Alvise shares the life-altering secret that awaits both of them?
About the Author
Marie Ohanesian Nardin, born in Los Angeles, California, has always loved to travel. That passion brought her to Italy where she fell for a man and his city; a serendipitous occurrence that changed her life, and inspired her to write her debut novel "Beneath the Lion’s Wings".
Since her move to Italy, the former banker has restored a two hundred year old rustic barn that became the home where she raised her two children, and where she learned to appreciate a good glass of red wine and cook delicious risotto, homemade soups and pasta, and the Nardin family's secret tiramisu recipe, which she says "...never comes out quite as good as my mother-in-law's".
Marie writes for various news outlets and travel media magazines, teaches English, and is currently working on a short story collection, and her next book. When Marie is not writing or traveling around Italy and Europe, she returns to her beloved California to visit family and friends, watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean, and stop by her favorite Mexican "mom and pop" eateries.
Marie lives in the Venetian countryside with her husband, their daughters, and their dog, Bacco.
"...Good escape reading in this tale of love and tough decisions in Venice...In her well-researched debut novel, Nardin does a fine job evoking Venice's atmosphere, culture, and history. The particular practices and customs of gondoliering, along with women's efforts to enter the profession, make for absorbing reading." - Kirkus Reviews
"A love story as seductive as Venice itself, with a bi-continental romance, an appealing heroine, a hunky gondolier, sweet and surprising twists, and an insider's authentic details. The next best thing to sipping a Bellini on a sunny balcony overlooking the Grand Canal. Pure delight." - Dianne Hales, author of La Bella Lingua and Mona Lisa - A Life Discovered
"...a charming, moving romance...Venice--impossibly beautiful, mysterious, demanding--is a third character in the novel. A delicately nuanced love story." - Elizabeth Jennings, author and co-founder of the Women's Fiction Festival, Matera, Italy.
"Ohanesian Nardin knows of what she writes...It requires a longtime resident to understand the sense of place and history in a unique world such as Venice, and the author's finest touch is her cultural understanding of an outsider wanting to fit in...she has tenderly handled true stereotypes and has avoided the touristic view while weaving a romantic tale through the waterways and narrow alleys of Venice, Italy." - Pamela Sheldon Johns, author of sixteen Italian themed cookbooks including Cucina Povera and 50 Great Pasta Sauces.
"A fun escape to Venice...A love story with twists as captivating as the city's canals." - Kathy Ayer, founder of Food Lover's Odyssey Culinary Vacations
"Grab a spritz and lose yourself in the calle of Venice through this captivating tale of personal growth shrouded in secrets and mystery." Michelle Fabio, author of 52 Things to See & Do inCalabria