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Spotlight: The Inheritance by Marrianne Perry

02_The Inheritance_CoverPublication Date: November 28, 2012
Formats: eBook, Paperback, Hard Cover
Pages: 280

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance


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The Inheritance tells the story of a family disintegrating from conflicting loyalties in Calabria, southern Italy. Set during the period 1897 to 1913, the region was subject to earthquakes and tsunamis; the land was harsh and poverty the norm. Superstition clashed with religion and a class system ruled the people. Calabria is the perfect backdrop for the tragedy that unfolds in The Inheritance.

Caterina is an atypical woman, and The Inheritance chronicles her life from birth to young womanhood. Born with an inheritance of loss into a society that has predetermined what she can and cannot do, she vows to live a life of her choosing. Caterina refuses to allow the limits of her gender, the constraints of her class and the demands imposed by those in power to stand in her way. Caterina remains steadfast in her commitment to become the woman she imagines. Her decisions ignite conflicts and fuel a chain of events that result in dire consequences for all whose path she crosses.

Praise for The Inheritance

“Like a classic star-crossed love story, the novel is written with lush detail enriched with both likable and loathsome characters. In particular, Perry builds strong and decisive female characters. Although the key action doesnít occur until the final chapters, Perryís exquisite descriptions will transport readers back to the time and place of Lorenzo and Caterinaís romance-the brilliant colors in villa gardens, the smells and tastes of decadent food, and the menacing sounds of the ocean during an earthquake. After the engrossing storylines come to an abrupt end, a cliff-hanger will leave readers anxious for a sequel to continue Lorenzo and Caterinaís tragic story. Solid characters and vivid imagery capture the mood, traditions and uncertainty of the time.” – Kirkus Reviews, December 7, 2012

“The premise for The Inheritance was inspired by the authorís genealogical research in Calabria, Italy. Marianne Perryís research trip to Cosenza province is obvious in her vivid descriptions of the setting of ìThe Inheritanceî. The landscape, colours, culture, native food, plants and flowers, and even the weather are all vibrantly describedÖÖPerry deftly weaves secrets and betrayals throughout the entire book, not only among the two families but the supporting characters, as wellÖ.Marianne Perry weaves a very vivid tale that might well have happened hundreds of times over the centuries. ìThe Inheritanceî will definitely make you think about how our ancestors came to be aboard a transatlantic vessel for a perilous three week voyage to being a new life.” – Amanda Morehouse, The Ontario-Canada Genealogical Society, August 2014

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About the Author03_Marianne Perry Author

Family dynamics, genealogical research to solve ancestral mysteries and international travel are Marianne Perryís priorities. A second-generation Canadian-Italian, she is the author of The Inheritance, a historical fiction/romance set in Calabria, southern Italy from 1897 to 1913 that was inspired by her grandmotherís early life. With a thirty-year career in education and communications, Marianne holds a Master of Education Degree from The University of Western Ontario (Canada). A past member of the Board of Trustees, the Canadian National Arts Centre Corporation, she has also published non-fiction genealogical articles throughout North America. As a girl, Marianne fell in love with The National Geographic Magazine and dreamt of exploring the world. With her January 2014 visit to Antarctica, she achieved her goal of stepping foot on every continent. The mother of two grown children, Marianne and her husband live on the shores of the St. Maryís River, which drains Lake Superior on the outskirts of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. She continues to research her familyís history and write non-fiction genealogical articles. In addition, she is working on her second novel and planning further adventures.

Marianne blogs about genealogy, travel, family and writing on her website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Goodreads.

The Inheritance Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 13
Spotlight at Unshelfish
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, April 15
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, April 16
Interview at Book Babe

Friday, April 17
Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection

Sunday, April 19
Spotlight at Flashlight Commentary

Thursday, April 23
Review, Interview, & Giveaway at Virtual Hobby & Coffee Haus
Guest Post at Just One More Chapter

Tuesday, April 28
Spotlight at Broken Teepee

Thursday, April 30
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Interview at Books and Benches

Friday, May 1
Review at Library Educated
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Interview at Dianne Ascroft Blog

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  1. carol L

     /  April 13, 2015

    I definitely want to read The Inheritance.Thsns for sharing with the excerpt and spotlighting The Inheritance. Thanks,
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com


  2. Thanks, Carol. I took the cover photo of the old stone cottage when I was in Calabria, southern Italy conducting family research plus research specific to this book. It is symbolic to the story plus typifies the living conditions during the early 1900s when my maternal grandmother (Nana Caterina) lived in the area. Have a wonderful day.

    Marianne Perry


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