Return to Bella Terra -Book Review

Return to Bella Terra: Book 3 of The Italian  Chronicles Trilogy (The Italian Chronicles) by [Diorio, MaryAnn]

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A mother, her son , and the man who threatens to come between them . . .

When Maria Landro Tonetta receives word that Mama is terminally ill, Maria travels to her Sicilian homeland with her son Nico. She finds herself yearning for the life she once knew as a child on Bella Terra, the family farm, now on the verge of bankruptcy.

Caught between two worlds, Maria dreams of moving back to Sicily with her husband and children to save the farm.
When, however, Nico’s biological father unexpectedly appears at Mama’s funeral, Maria faces a new enemy to her dream.

But is there an even greater enemy within her own soul?

About the Author:

MaryAnn L. Diorio

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is a follower of Jesus Christ who is passionate about writing compelling and entertaining fiction that transforms lives. Her fiction has won several awards, including the Silver Medal for eBook Fiction in the Illumination Book Awards Program sponsored by the Jenkins Group; First Place in Inspirational Fiction in the 2011 Colorado RWA Heart of the Rockies Contest; and First Place in Inspirational Fiction in the 2011 Space Coast Authors of Romance (STAR) Launching a Star Contest.

Her latest work of fiction is A SICILIAN FAREWELL, Book 2 in The Italian Chronicles Trilogy. The first book is THE MADONNA OF PISANO.

MaryAnn also writes for children. Her latest children’s book is titled THE DANDELION PATCH and deals with the unusual topic of Eminent Domain. MaryAnn has also written CANDLE LOVE, a picture book to help children deal with sibling rivalry. TOBY TOO SMALL is a story about a little boy who learns that it’s not how big you are on the outside that matters; it’s how big you are on the inside.

MaryAnn holds the PhD and the MPhil in French and Comparative Literature from the University of Kansas and the MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She writes a popular blog titled “Matters of the Heart” ( that, like her fiction writing, deals with the deepest issues of the human heart. In her spare time, she loves to read, paint, and make up silly songs for her grandchildren.

Dr. MaryAnn resides in New Jersey with her husband Dom, a retired ER physician. They are the blessed parents of two wonderful daughters, a fantastic son-in-law, and five rambunctious grandchildren.

You may contact Dr. MaryAnn at the following social media venues:
Blog (Matters of the Heart):
Amazon Author Central:

My Thoughts:

Return to Bella Terra is the third book in this series. Readers have loved following Maria Landro Tonetta’s story throughout the series. In this particular book, Maria returns to Sicily with her husband at her dying mother’s wish.While there, she encounters her son’s biological father and a whole new set of problems ensue.

I loved Maria’s relationship with her son Nico, and the way that her heart is torn between wanting Nico to know the truth, but worrying over what the truth will do to him and their relationship. I also appreciated Nico’s perspective as he learns the truth about his own identity.

I also appreciated the spiritual aspect in this story. It was a wonderful read, and I really enjoyed the Italian setting. Sign me up for a trip to Italy!

You can get your copy of Return to Bella Terra here.

You can also get book one here ,

and book two here.

Return to Bella Terra: Book 3 of The Italian  Chronicles Trilogy (The Italian Chronicles) by [Diorio, MaryAnn]

I was given this book in exchange for my honest review from Book Crash. All opinions stated above are my own.


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