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Loving Lucianna by Joyce DiPastena w/ Giveaway


Kindle edition, 171 pages
Published October 11th 2014 by Sable Tyger Books

I found Loving Lucianna very refreshing. Yes, it’s a love story but, making this a standout is the fact the couple involved is of a ‘mature’ age – forty’s and fifty’s. The message of the narrative is wonderful too, love is for any age and unconditional love exists.

I have an affinity for medieval times, another plus for this novel. The characters are adorable as well. We have a spirited lady and a gentle knight leaving every woman envious. Sir Balduin’s manners and love are showered upon Lucianna, not a surprise this outspoken woman is smitten.

DiPastena cleverly weaves history, mystery, splashes of humor along with romance all merging to create a sweet sentimental story. As the threat of Lucianna’s dark secret looms, you are held in suspense of what will happen to the couple destiny has united. The author provides insight into her own family tree, in fact she managed to incorporate a tiny bit into the plot, a very pleasant surprise for the reader when all is said and done.

Loving Lucianna is a story full of history, suspense, humor and surprises adding to an already delightful narrative. Highly recommend this tender story, I guarantee it will put a smile on your face and warm your heart.

Book Synopsis:

Sir Balduin de Soler gave up long ago on love. He never had the means to support a wife until an unexpected advancement in his fifties allows him to reassess his future just as the lovely Lucianna enters his life.

Lucianna Fabio harbors a secret, painful memory from her past that has kept her unwed, as well. Now in her forties, she thought herself too old to marry until she meets Sir Balduin. Now suddenly their lonely autumn lives feel very much like spring again . . . until Lucianna’s brother appears without warning and threatens to revive the secret that will destroy Lucianna’s second chance at love.

Author’s Bio:

Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in imagethe dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).

Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.

Connect with Joyce: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

Where to buy the book:

Barnes & Nobles

This giveaway is open Internationally. One of ten copies available, ebook only. Click HERE To Enter The Giveaway. Thanks so much to Italy Book Tours for organizing this great tour. Don’t forget to visit the other stops on this tour. Click HERE to view the full tour schedule and see the list of participating blogs.

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  1. Sounds like a really sweet story!

  2. Joyce DiPastena

     /  November 21, 2014

    Thank you so much for this lovely review of “Loving Lucianna!” Thank you for supporting me on my Italy Book Tour!

    • My pleasure Joyce, a wonderful story with fabulous themes. Left me with a warm fuzzy feeling. Thank you for including me in your tour.

  3. history, mystery, splashes of humor along with romance – this book has it all.. would love to read it..
    dkstevensne AT outlook DOTCom

  4. bn100

     /  November 23, 2014

    Interesting premise

    • It was nice to read of a romance between more mature adults, especially given the setting. A truly feel good story, I was pleasantly surprised.


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