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.
“Loving Lucianna” is the first in my new “Hearts in Autumn” romance series, medieval romances revolving around heroes and heroines “in the autumn of their years.” Because you’re never too old to fall in love!”
MY REVIEW: 5 STARS
This is such a wonderful read. Lucianna is flawed but oh so relatable. Her red hair fits her fiery personality. She’s been scorned by love and is fine with the idea of never getting married. When her knight-in-shinning-armor Sir Balduin sweeps her off her feet… ok so maybe he’s graying a little and has a limp from his battle days but he is a knight and he’s desperately in love with her. Lucianna is finally getting married at the age of forty-four. When her brother Serafino shows up she’s certain he will ruin everything by revealing the truth about her. The truth she has kept hidden for so long. Lucianna is determined to push Sir Baldiun away to save him from the humiliation of her past.
In a flashback we get a glimpse of Lucianna’s beginning years in the convent where she was raised by nuns. We experience a beautiful friendship develop. Elisabetta and Lucianna were inseparable after their time in the convent together. After Elisabetta’s death Lucianna takes care of Siri her daughter as if she’s her own child. She’s now helping Siri with her first pregnancy and it’s the only thing keeping Lucianna in France. She wants to flee back home to Italy so her rotten brother will follow her there.
There are so many wonderful characters in this book. We get to revisit with characters from previous books by Joyce DiPastena, which is always fun. It’s a quick and uplifting read. It is a book I know I will reread over and over again. I loved every minute of it.
Get to know this wonderful Author Joyce DiPastena:
Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the 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).
When she’s not writing, Joyce loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with her sister and friends. A highlight of her year is attending the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.
Did you know that Lucianna (the heroine of “Loving Lucianna”) has her very own Pinterest board? http://www.pinterest.com/jdipastena/loving-lucianna/
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