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Loving Lucianna (A Hearts in Autumn Romance, #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  65 reviews
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 sh
Paperback, 220 pages
Published October 11th 2014 by Sable Tyger Books
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Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I found Loving Lucianna very refreshing. Yes, it’s a love story but, making this a standout is the fact the couple involved is of a ‘mature’ age – forty’s and fifty’s. The message of the narrative is wonderful too, love is for any age and unconditional love exists.

I have an affinity for medieval times, another plus for this novel. The characters are adorable as well. We have a spirited lady and a gentle knight leaving every woman envious. Sir Balduin’s manners and love are showered upon Lucianna
Lisa Anne

LOVING LUCIANNA is a sweet romance, like a medieval ballad. It stars a heroic knight with courtly manners and his worthy lady.

Sir Balduin and Lucianna are middle-aged, and past the time they ever thought they'd be married. But they find each other, fall in love, and become engaged. And then Lucianna's secret past catches up with her. The noble Lucianna feels she must leave Sir Balduin and break their hearts in order to protect him. But Sir Balduin won't let her go without a fight.

Loving Lucianna by Joyce Di Pastena is a 2014 Tyger books publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Yay!! I have discovered another wonderful medieval historical romance!! But, that's not all... this book tells the story of two people in the “autumn” of their lives finding love. I love stories like this since I have a really hard time finding them in the midst of all the New Adult and Erotica titles and of course... regency. So, it was a real pleasure to
Katie W
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5--I really enjoyed the setting, as well as the story of two people, who assume they are past the age for marrying, finding one another and falling in love. The story was slow for me and it took me while to get into it, but once I did, I really enjoyed it.

The story has some humor, as well as a mystery. The reader will learn that Sir Baluin isn't a poet, by any means. When everything came out, Lucianna's reluctance made sense. She has a secret that she doesn't want shared, but when her brother
Kathy Heare Watts
This is a beautiful story of sacrifice and love even in the "autumn years of life." Sir Balduin de Soler never felt he had the means to support a wife and had worked instead. Being in his fifties he meets and falls in love with Lucianna Fabio who is in her forties. But fate and Lucianna's greedy half brother destroys what should have been her chance for happiness. The story weaves the life and devotion that Lucianna had with her closest friend, Elizabetta and her daughter, Siri. Just when she th ...more
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joyce DiPastena once again takes us on a journey to medieval times with the story of Lucianna and Sir Balduin. Though they are in the 'autumn of their lives' they find love; not without difficulties. Lucianna has a secret she does not wish exposed, however when someone from her past shows up just before she is to be married her life may change forever. This is a story of sweet romance with a dash of mystery. Once I began to read it I couldn't put it down until I discovered Lucianna'
Wanda Luce
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another in a line of exceptional books by Joyce DiPastena. I have read all of her books and always know that she will keep me turning the pages. Loving Lucianna was so beautiful and so beautifully written. It is also full of the unexpected. I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves a richly textured, historical romance.
Italo Italophiles
Loving Lucianna is the first book in the author's Hearts in Autumn medieval romance series that features couples in "the autumn of their years". Lucianna is from the Venetian Republic, and she is proud of her wealthy, powerful, independent city-state. Through the twists of fate she finds herself in southwestern France, but her Venetian heritage is always in her heart.

The book's chapters move the reader from Lucianna's present to her past and back again to the woman's present. Unlike some romance
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note : This review is up & live @ Readers' Muse

A book of this genre is bound to attract adept readers with that mystifying old world grace and charm. This book is no exception.

The protagonist Lucianna is a fiery red head who has given up on love owing to tumultuous relationship with her brother and has a dark secret which her brother uses against her. Her secret is so explosive in nature that the man who loved her left her jilted after he heard of it from her brother.

Enter our “hero” Sir Ba
Sarah Reads "Reading in Sarah's Corner"

Everyone deserves to fall in love no matter their age and Author Joyce Dipastena tells a beautiful story of just that. She brings the world of Lucianna to life as she tells the story of Lucianna finding love and acceptance when she least expected it. This story is well written and full of character. I had to know what made the snarky heroine Lucianna Fabio running.

You cannot read this story without wanting to hug Lucianna and growl at her in the same sentence. This woman makes being stubborn lo
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always a treat to run away from my troubles and escape in a lovely romance written by Joyce DiPastena. It makes the journey even better when you can revisit characters that you loved from Joyce's other books.

Readers first met Lucianna in Illuminations Of The Heart as she was a minor character in Siri and Triston's love story. Lucianna always intrigued me as I wondered why she acted the way she did. You knew that she had to have had a hard and painful past. This difficult past is the myst
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
3.5 Stars

The beginning of Loving Lucianna was a little slow for me. I loved Sir Balduin's character. I loved how Lucianna talks about him and his defense of Siri and how she came to finally accept his suit after he continued to try to earn her love while she was trying to resist falling in love with him. I struggled a little with Lucianna. I thought that she should have had a stronger backbone, if not in the past, then definitely now. She also could be quite dramatic. I really, really disliked S
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Lucianna was a young ward of the convent at 11 years old, she met a friend who would change her life forever. She and Elisabetta became inseparable, and when it came time for Elisabetta to leave the convent she concocted a respectable story about Lucianna so that her father would let her come live with them.

The story fast forwards 33 years; Elisabetta has died and Lucianna has been a companion to Elisabetta's daughter Siri, who is now married and expecting a child.

And Lucianna at the age of
Margaret Larsen Turley
Joyce diPastena had written an ageless tender love story in Loving Lucianna. An older audience will appreciate the author's sensitivity to our sensibilities. Serafino is a perfectly despicable villain, Sir Balduin is a wonderful hero and the reader will love Lucianna with all her charms and faults. Joyce creates her novel with such authenticity it transports the reader into the Medieval era. I highly recommend this book.
I first heard of Joyce DiPastena as the creator and moderator of a group on Goodreads called “Clean Romances”. When I found out she was also a literary award winning author of clean secular historical romance, I was very interested in reading her work and added some of her titles to my future to be read pile. So I jumped at the chance to read the first book in her new “Hearts in Autumn” medieval romance series. I also liked that this new series refreshingly revolves around heroes and heroines “i ...more
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked that the author chose to go with two older leads rather than the regular young bucks and fillies in historical romances. At a time in their lives when most people in the Middle Ages were thinking very strongly about death and how they were going to exit the world, Joyce has created two individuals who are doing the exact opposite and are starting to build a new life for themselves in medieval France.

Readers of the past novels by the author will recognize Lucianna and Balduin from Illumi
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was so glad I got to read this! I had read the two related books published previous to this and was so happy that Lucianna got her own story...I had wondered at her past, and was sad that she didn't have a love of her own. I love this author's writing style and felt it was consistent in this story. She is a patient weaver of her tales and lets you see bits and pieces, waiting until the right moments to disclose everything you're hoping to learn, and then does a fabulous job of giving you a ver ...more
Nadine Keels
In all, a rather lovely read.

I think the most affecting relationship in the novel is the one between Lucianna and her best friend, Elisabetta, which develops from their childhood into their adulthood. The novel has instances of humor, a romantic debacle and a satisfying fistfight, and Lucianna and Sir Balduin's romance is challenged with a measure of human complexity, believable fears.

Their romance wasn't the easiest for me to get into. Most of Lucianna and Sir Balduin's interaction is indeed ab
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
***3.5 stars***

This book is set in France during the 12th Century. The medieval period has always fascinated me.

I had a hard time getting into the story during the first part of the book. This book is related to another of Joyce DiPastena's books, Illuminations of the Heart. While Joyce tries to introduce characters and plot summary, it took a little bit to catch on and come up to speed with this story.

Once I got past the first part of the book, my attention was captures. I enjoyed reading the
I received a copy of this book from eBooks for Review in exchange for an honest review.

Sir Balduin has fallen in love with Lucianna and has asked her to marry him, but Lucianna has a secret that threatens to keep her from happiness. Will she be able to overcome her past and the threats of her brother in order to live happily with Sir Balduin?

Loving Lucianna is a very sweet romance that takes place in Venice and France during medieval times, and focuses on Sir Balduin and Lucianna as they find l
Christine Jensen
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Set in Medieval France, Loving Lucianna is a story of love later in life. Lucianna has been haunted by a secret since the days of her youth and her terrible brother. He continues to threaten to tell others her secret unless she provides him with the means to continue his life of a lazy gambler. Not wanting others to be hurt by her brother she pushes the man she loves away and tries to run back to Italy. But Sir Balduin is determined to marry Luciana and tries constantly to earn back her love (wh ...more
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There were so many things I loved about Loving Lucianna. The author did an amazing job of leading you along Lucianna’s story. I felt like I knew Lucianna, through her childhood friendship with Elizabetta in the nunnery… up to her romance with Sir Balduin.

I’m not always a big fan of flashbacks or storytelling through memories… but this was so well done. I especially loved the chapters going back to Lucianna’s childhood and first meeting Elizabetta. It was a fabulous way to slowly learn the myster
It is about her lovely to know have her brother appears and want to destroy her future. What she doe not know is that it will not filter from Sir Balduin de Soler. She fear her brother will make her the thief of her father what she was born. Though she is always helping her brother that she does not know that she could stop and just to see if Sir Balduin really loved her.

Lucianna does not know if she can trust shri even though she help raise he and her brother Simon. He best friend seem to know
Debra Schoenberger

Loving Lucianna is a historical romance set in the Medieval period. It is the love story between two very different but mature people who had long since given up any idea of falling in love and getting married. Lucianna is a fiesty, green-eyed seamstress who has a heart-wrenching secret that has always threatened any chance she has had at love and security. Sir Balduin de Soler is a gentle, yet determined knight who admires her feisty nature and will do anything to win Lucianna's heart but it ap
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I will prefice my review by saying I think I would have enjoyed this book more had I read the previous books in this series prior to this one. The characters all seemed so comfortable with each other, I think I would know them better had I read the previous books.
It was written in a challenging manner of flashback chapters to remind the reader, or for those like me, who had not started from the beginning, to fill in the details for the reader. I would have liked to know more about Lucianna's you
Heather Green
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a fun read! I loved this clean, medieval story of loyal friendship and love. I was so relieved lucianna finally broke free of the blackmailing trap her brother put her in and stood up to him. Set against a beautiful Italian backdrop of castles, knights, and lords. The language is authentic. The author added some extras at the end of the book that made it even more enjoyable. There is a prequel to this book. And though this one can stand alone,I wasn't surprised to discover an earlier story. ...more
I really like this author. She writes clean, medieval romance.

My problem with this one was that it was a tad slow for me and I found myself skimming in some parts. I love the hero but the heroine kind of drove me nuts. She was more mature in years and experience (which I loved!!) so I wish she would have acted more maturely to our hero, Lord Balduin. He loved her so much and was so good to her. He was a great hero. The villian was a good villian too, totally believable as a bad guy.

This is a s
Donna May
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I actually really enjoyed this book. It is a historical romance novel, with a little bit of mystery thrown in. Lucianna is a woman who never expects to get married. She finds love in the most unexpected place with someone she never would have thought of falling in love with. Unfortunately, her past catches up with her and now she doesn’t know what to do – run away or trust the people she loves. Even though this is a historical romance, it relates so much to how many people feel today. Do you ris ...more
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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 ...more

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