My Heart was Awake is the story of Maria Fucci (pronounced "FEW-see"), a young woman of the Basilicata region of Italy who was born in the 1880s. When beautiful Maria, the novel's gently observant heroine, falls in love with Tonio, a charming 16-year-old, she awakens to a larger world that includes the great and the famous, as well as the mysterious and malevolent. The wealthy but enigmatic Padrone reaches out to Maria, and she learns secrets he has kept to himself for decades. Beset by an early grief and conflicting ideas of how she should live her adult life, Maria embarks on a journey that will take her far from her native hilltop town of Noepoli, to the new world.
History and romance interweave in this historical novel that seems to have a delicious twist in every chapter.
The reader is invited to share in this romantic tale of one woman's extraordinary life.
The first two chapters were posted on July 3, 2010. Subsequent chapters through Chapter Seven were added in the summer of 2010. Now, in November of 2011, Chapter Eight has been added. Look for new chapters about every two weeks.
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My Heart Was Awake
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