Book Drunkard

“I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” L.M. Montgomery

Book Review and Book Giveaway


Ciao Bella is the second book written by authors Gina Buonaguro and Janice Kirk.  Set in 1945, at the end of the second World War, it tells the story of a Canadian girl, Grace (turned Graziella) , who awaits the return of her husband after the war to his father’s mountain farm in Italy.  Instead, an American named Frank ‘accidently’ finds his way into her home and life and heart.  When news arrives that Ugo is dead and won’t be returning home to his young wife and his huge family, Grace makes plans to leave Italy with Frank.  Things never go as planned.

I didn’t think anything could top The Sidewalk Artist, the first book written by Gina and Janice, but Ciao Bella is right up there on par with it.  The story is so beautifully told, you’ll almost believe you are Grace choosing between a husband you thought was gone forever and a new and exciting love.  It’s a romantic book, but ohhh so much more than that.  The plot is rich with tales of family, obligation, sorrow and the harshness of wartime.

This book left me with such a wonderful feeling.  I was sad and yet happy with the outcome of the story.  I highly recommend it.


I’m pleased to announce the Gina and Janice have generously offered up FIVE copies of Ciao Bella to my lucky readers in Canada!  To enter, leave a comment with your email address.  For an extra entry, tweet or blog about the giveaway.  US readers, if you have a Canadian address you can have the book sent to, you are more than welcome to enter as well!  Contest ends on March 8, 2010 and the winner will be announced on March 9, 2010.

24 thoughts on “Book Review and Book Giveaway

  1. Sounds like a great read! Not my normal read, but I’m trying to branch out.

  2. This book is about the time I was born and I would really like to win it.

  3. I wanna win this book!!!!!!

    I twittered about it…….

  4. This sounds like a good book! How cliche is that? 😉

  5. I would love to win! Thanks

    jeffintennessee at gmail dot com

  6. A book on Italian immigrants post war! I’d love this:)
    Please enter me:


  7. This sounds like a great book. I especially enjoy historical fiction.

  8. This looks like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Sounds great!
    I’d love to win a copy as well!!

  10. Woot another book to add to my collection, so want to win 🙂

  11. Thanks for offering this contest! I am an avid reader and always looking for new authors.

    I have also tweeted about this contest:

  12. Sounds like a great book…always love to read. Thanks for the great contest.

  13. Sounds like a great read! Good Canadian authors make for a coffee, blanket and reading!

  14. This book sounds really good! I’d love to win a copy!


  15. Please send me a copy!!!

  16. Sounds great! I would like to win it!

  17. Sounds awesome! I want to win a copy!!

  18. I tweeted @mybookbuds

  19. I’d love to win a copy. My e-mail address is info(a)mybookbuds(dot)com

  20. Would love to win this! Sounds like a fantastic read.

  21. Please add me into the giveaway. Thanks!

  22. Thank you for the giveaway.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

  23. this looks like a great read, please enter me in the giveaway!

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