Manual The Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany (A Tuscan Trilogy)

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Nov 10, Wally rated it it was amazing. What a wonderful book! It is set in Tuscany at the ending of WWII and gives one a dramatic portrayal of all that went on when Germany knew it was going to be defeated. And, because it is historical fiction, it has romance, drama, sadness, etc. Jun 11, Rebecca rated it liked it. The characters are wonderfully developed and I'm glad there are two more books in the series. Jun 08, Janet rated it really liked it. Renee rated it liked it May 09, Adele Varenas rated it really liked it Aug 20, Kendra rated it it was amazing Jan 11, Laura rated it did not like it Oct 11, Peter rated it really liked it Aug 11, Marge rated it liked it Mar 11, Sharon rated it really liked it Aug 07, Molly rated it really liked it Aug 02, Barb rated it it was amazing Aug 30, Linda rated it it was ok Oct 07, MT rated it liked it Jan 15, Lamphere rated it liked it Jul 07, Amy rated it liked it Oct 24, Tinacastrovinci rated it really liked it Mar 12, RBS rated it it was amazing Jul 15, Carl rated it it was ok Jul 25, There are many characters in each of the books, but I suppose that Rosa is the thread through them all.


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She is a strong-willed woman, if opinionated and nosy, who has suffered much in life but is kind and generous. She endured the Nazi occupation during World War II, took care of a dying husband and then found happiness with a new love. Describe your antagonist and talk about motivation.

One is deluded into thinking that the Nazi efforts will be victorious and would do anything for the cause. The other comes to realize the futility of their efforts. These were characters that were difficult to create but I think are realistic.

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Please quote a passage from your book that you love. This is early in the story about Father Lorenzo. He was sure of one thing now, though. As he prepared for Mass in the Rinuccini Chapel, he knew exactly what he was doing. She should know the truth. Nothing is going to come of this. Even if she is so beautiful and nice. Elaborate on the meaning of the passage. Father Lorenzo, long a priest and celibate, is captivated by the beautiful woman he has just met.

What surprising things did you learn while writing this book?

Love and war....

How has your upbringing influenced you writing? I was brought up in an Italian American household and have long appreciated everything Italian.


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  • The Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany by Paul Salsini.
  • Where do you live and how does that influence your writing? The people are so generous, the countryside so beautiful.


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    • If you have a career outside of writing how does it fit into your life as a writer? A t the end of The Cielo , Lucia, the sixteen-year-old girl trapped in the farmhouse with the rest of her family, has a baby. It is Little Dino, whose father, Dino, was killed in the firefight with the Germans just outside the farmhouse. In Sparrow's Revenge , Little Dino is ten years old, a shy boy but already immensely talented as an artist.

      The Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany

      Now, at the start of Dino's Story: A Novel of s Tuscany , he is a quiet teenager, embarrassed by his big ears and freckles and feeling the pangs of hormonal changes. When he is eighteen, he goes to Florence to study art at the famous Accademia di Belle Arti. As a lonely boy from a tiny village, he is thrust into a world of cultural changes, but finds refuge and satisfaction by volunteering in a soup kitchen. In the dramatic climax, the Arno River overflows in November , and Dino comes of age by helping the poor and destitute who are devastated by the terrible flood. Father Lorenzo, still exhausted from the flood, is tempted by a beautiful woman.

      Tomasso seeks his long-lost son. Father Sangretto retaliates when a rival priest produces a "miracle.

      About the Novels

      The women of Sant'Antonio join to help the stricken Annabella. Anna leaves the convent. Dino makes up his mind between Sophia and Francesca. I n the first of this series, The Cielo: In the second, Sparrow's Revenge: A Novel of Postwar Tuscany , a partisan hunted down the collaborator of a horrific massacre. In the third, Dino's Story: