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Nancy Petralia

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I never expected to write a book.

My husband and I figured out how to spend a year living in Italy as just ordinary people. We thought we would get fluent. Well, that didn't happen, but so much of our world view, our appreciation for America as well as Italy, even our life together morphed in that year that we had to share the story.

I enjoy well-written, meaty books, both fiction and non-fiction. Reading has helped me become a better writer. And writing has certainly helped me be a more discriminating reader.

Average rating: 3.73 · 98 ratings · 22 reviews · 1 distinct work · Similar authors
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This is the first book that I've started as a library borrow, then bought twice (because I lost the first one) and when I finished, I turned to the first page to start over. It's absolutely fascinating.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The story of the plot to assassinate the Medici brothers is right in the sweet spot of Italian history that fascinates me. The author interweaves this historical account with the tale of a Jewish printer and his famil ...more
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message 2: by Nancy

Nancy Petralia Glad to connect as friends as well as in the group. You'll see I love reading and many of my books are about Italy.

Hoping you'll give our book a look. I posted something on the group the other day, but maybe I put it in the wrong place. I don't think even you saw it.

Here's the link.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...


message 1: by Daisy

Daisy Thank you for the friend request Nancy! It's a pleasure to "meet" you!


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