Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ARC Review- I Love You, Salvatore (The Five Families #1) by Marita A. Hansen

Title:  I Love You, Salvatore (The Five Families #1) 
Author:  Marita A. Hansen
Publication Date:  December 19th 2014 (first published December 18th 2014)

Plot:  Every love story is important, whether it ends in a happy-ever-after or tragedy, because two people shared something so special that it made them value each other’s life more than their own. I know this is true because my life with Salvatore Santini was a beautiful love story…

One that ended far too soon.

But I would rather live for only one day with him, than suffer a lifetime without him. Being with Salvatore was worth a thousand deaths. Through him, I experienced heaven on earth, something very few people find. So don’t cry for me, I was truly happy. But if you can’t stop your tears, save them for Salvatore…

The one I left behind.

The Five Families series is a collection of standalone novels and novellas centered around different members of ruling mafia families on a famous island off the southern coast of Italy.

Books from this series can be read as a companion to The Santini Brothers and My Masters' Nightmare series.

I Love You, Salvatore covers 26 years, chronicling Rosa's and Salvatore's love story. It's broken up into 3 parts: The Early Years (age 10-19), The Middle Years (20-29), The Final Years (30-36), with a current 2014 scene spliced through. It's from Rosa's point of view. 

 My Review 

☆ I received an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆

I Love You, Salvatore held a multi-dimensional feel that impressed and fueled my imagination!!

It made me think of a double edged sword—- both beautiful and deadly, in which love and obligation to one's family legacy run dire consequences which can lead to fulfillment or utter destruction.

Rosa and Salvatore’s story was actually my favorite of Marita A. Hansen’s stories. While I’d only ever read Ricardo from this author, ILYS held a more basic and natural feel to its infrastructure and felt a lot less gritty and depressing than its predecessor.

Don’t get me wrong, I do like dark and high stake reads with complications and complexity. But! What I liked here was that I got to see everything occur from one single dimensional perspective--- all the way from humble beginnings, through tumultuous challenges and awakenings, to where things are now.

Rosa and Salvatore’s love is not an easy one, as one can imagine for someone associated with the Mafia lifestyle, and in any relationship—they go through their ups and downs, agreements and disagreements, as well as ever adapting adjustments toward making their love work in this turbulent and chaotic world set against them.

#A realistic and engaging Mafia romance that grab readers from the very go and keep you guessing till the very end!
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 About the Author 

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NATIONALITY AND CULTURAL CONNECTIONS: I'm a true blue Aucklander, born and bred in New Zealand. I tend to write about cultures I have connections to, such as Croatian and Maori. I would love to visit Croatia again as I have family there.

SPORTS: As a teen my favourite sports were karate, badmington, and running. I also did unarmed combat and played in a touch rugby team (my gym teacher made me do the last one!) Now, I stick to coaching soccer and running. I have completed two marathons, numerous half-marathons and one 30K run.

CAREER PATH: I started off as a Graphic Designer, then went to Auckland University, where I got a BA degree in Art History and Italian Studies and a post-graduate Honours degree in Art History. I worked in the Art History field, then became a full-time artist, doing commissions. I eventually lost all of my senses and gave it up to be a poor, starving writer, smh.

FAVOURITE FOODS: I'm vegetarian. I love pasta based foods, tofu, chocolate mousse and golden queen peaches.

BAD HABITS: I'm a major procrastinator that can't seem to earn money to save myself!

STATUS: Married to my high school sweetheart (which he hates me calling him). We have two kids.

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