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Bella Cigna

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Devastated by personal loss, Sarah Flynn escapes to Rome where she finds a job teaching English. Only the girls’ school is like a nunnery and she’s expected to speak fluent Italian overnight. What has she gotten herself into? While the beautiful sights rekindle her interest in art, not even her brush finding canvas can heal all the wounds she carries. She'll need the help ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published September 30th 2020 by Self-Published
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The first thing that attracted me towards this book was the absolutely gorgeous cover picture! And to my pleasure, the book turned out to be equally good! The storyline is good but the description of the sights and sound of Rome is beautifully done and takes centre stage--while reading the book I felt like I was travelling the city myself! The Italian words and phrases used throughout does not confuse or hinder in the enjoyment of the book.

When Sarah first lands in Rome accepting a job as an En
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“Bella Cigna” is a modern love story filled with leaps of faith and second chances.

Read full review in the 2020 Holiday issue of InD'tale Magazine.
As soon as I saw the cover on this, I knew I needed this book. The cover promised beauty and joy, and that is what this book delivered. At times, I got a bit irritated with the characters, but I still found myself coming back. The romance and characters were so sweet and simple, but still super enjoyable to read. I really enjoyed this book.

Bella Cigna follows Sarah, a woman who travels to Rome after a heartbreaking divorce. In Rome, she rediscovers beauty, art, and love. Teaching English at an
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wendi Dass's Bella Cigna is a luxuriously written escape to Rome. From almost the very first paragraph, I was 100% committed to Sarah's story and wanted the absolute best outcome for this carefully created and intensely drawn character. All the characters in Bella Cigna are rich in detail so much so you are instantly acquainted with them. I loved that she was teaching abroad and enjoyed the sight and sounds of life in Rome. I love her friendship with Anna, her respect for Sister Maria, and the f ...more
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by this author. The ARC was provided by Hidden Gems in exchange for this review. In the beginning we meet Sarah, a woman in her early thirties whose husband has just left her for another woman. With the lost of her marriage, Sarah begins to question her life plan and comes across a job listing for a teaching position in Rome. Not speaking a word of the language, Sarah sets off on this adventure to the beautiful Italian capital. Once there she realizes what a ch ...more
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Reeling from betrayal and the break-up of her marriage, Sarah Flynn escapes to Rome, Italy. She gets a job teaching English at an all-girls school but soon discovers it is more like a nunnery. The nuns expect her to speak fluent Italian... what has she gotten herself into? She feasts on the art, scenery, and Italian lifestyle while trying to heal from her wounds. It's not as easy as she imagined it would be. Can she open her heart to all that life can bring, even a new love or will she let her f ...more
Avie Thacker
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wendi Dass' Bella Cigna is a lovely, romantic experience set in Rome. This is not a genre I typically read, but I was engaged and interested for the whole book. Sarah is an outstanding character and her journey is compelling and well-written. I highly recommend this! ...more
R Huiszoon
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wendi Dass, ‘Bella Cigna’.
Foreign Endearments, Book 1.

As a Hidden Gems ARC reader I received a free copy and promised an honest review. Here it is.

Rating: 4 (of 5 stars).

In general: Sweet second chance love in a foreign country.

Main character:
- Sarah Flynn (maiden name Sarah Miller).
After a mariage of more than 5 years her husband cheated on her, partly because Sarah couldn’t get pregnant. Moreover she hated her job at a D.C. federal office; so she escaped her country to teach English grammar at
Emily Slack
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has been provided to me by NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Just from the simple synopsis this story held promise. In the middle of a divorce and fresh on what she thought was the loss of her dreams of a family, Sarah moves to Italy for a year to teach English. Without speaking a lick of Italian. In Italy Sarah befriends a coworker, Anna, and meets Eduardo, the handsome father of a favorite pupil, Lucia. It is in Italy that Sarah discovers who she is
BettyJoyce Nash
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Though Sarah Flynn can’t speak Italian, heartache hurls her to a new job at a Catholic girls’ school in Rome after her childless marriage crumbles. Though a wild colleague, Anna, tries to interest Sarah in Roman nightlife, she only partially succeeds. Sarah pulls herself together enough to paint the sets for the school play. This throws her together with a hot, divorced father of a reluctant thespian and whets her appetite for art, for painting, as she struggles to understand the ineffable quali ...more
Linda P. Christian
Excellent read!

Bella Cigna, the story of a "lost and hurt" American woman, Sarah, trying to rediscover her identity while establishing herself in Italy. What a wonderful escape for both Sarah and the reader as they experience all the sights, sounds and smells of Italy - and the hopes of a new life!
Jessilyn Troyer
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Sarah Flynn is stuck in a dead end job, dealing with fertility issues and then is betrayed by her husband which ends in a divorce. She takes a leap of faith and takes a job teaching in Italy in hopes of a new start and a second chance in life. I loved that we are taken to Italy. Such a beautiful country, if I was to start over I would go there as well. Sarah also finds love in Italy, but is hesitant and worried about being betrayed again. Overall I enjoyed the adventure in Italy and the love sto ...more
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
After being unceremoniously dumped by her husband after failing to conceive, Sarah turns back to her teaching roots to teach English in Italy, hoping for a new start to her life, and maybe find love again.

There are two countries I adore reading about: France and Italy. Don’t ask me why. Even though romance isn’t really my thing, I knew I needed to read it simply because it was set in Italy. It also sounded like a lovely story with a woman trying to find herself, and maybe a new romance, after he
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Thoughts: I liked the premise of this book. The main character, Sarah, is 33, in the midst of a divorce, and depressed. So what does she do? Heads for Rome, Italy and a girl’s school. She doesn’t speak Italian, knows nothing about the place she’s going, but goes anyway. Questions I had that confused me: she applies for the job under her maiden name, but wouldn’t all her documents (visa, passport, etc.) still be in her married name since she’s not yet divorced? When she gets there, her luggage is ...more
Sublime Book Review
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Overall Rating = 4.75

Storyline & Concept = 4.25
Writing & Delivery = 5.0
Editorial = 5.0

In Bella Cigna, Sarah takes a teaching job at an all-girls school in Rome to escape a broken marriage and a painful truth. She hopes the trip will be an adventure to change her mind and help her find happiness, but obstacles and challenges hamper her path.
This novel transported me back to my own visit to Rome and I appreciated the chance to reminisce. However, it wasn’t the description of the scenery that kept
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very well written & engaging. It kept my interest so much so I couldn't put it down. The accurate descriptions throughout the book made me feel as if I was in Italy myself. I highly recommend this book. ...more
Barbara Tobey
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet romance after a failed marriage. Off to Rome to forget her troubles and have a new adventure, our lovely protagonist gets even more than desired. Several interesting characters. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
Marty Tool
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read of a woman who feels she has nothing left, her job, husband, endless tries to get pregnant are becoming failures. She needs something new and takes a teaching job in Italy for a year, thus her adventure in life starts. I guess my problem with the main character is she never stands up for herself, someone else has to be right there or she'd let everyone else take over. Also the depiction of Italian men isn't particularly flattering. ...more
May 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like love stories
Interesting premise, but too many missteps and obstacles. I did enjoy Sarah's delight in the wonders of Rome and Florence, the spirited banter and adventures of Anna, Sarah's relationship with Lucia, and the stern-demeanor-hiding-a-warm-heart of Sister Maria. Good depiction of Sarah's help to Lucia in overcoming stage fright.
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great YA book.
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book. It kinda reminded me of Under the Tuscan Sun if any of you have seen that movie.

Sarah struggles to have a child and her husband leaves her for another woman after going through treatment for years. To keep her from wallowing in pain, Sarah's friend tells her on a whim to take a teaching job in Rome.

This is a divorcee/ single dad romance. Eduardo was just to die for and his little girl was the sweetest. Sarah saw herself as broken but I was so glad that she was able t
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Wendi Dass is a math professor and author from Charlottesville, Virginia. Her writing interests include literary short stories, flash fiction, and novel-length women’s fiction and romance. Wendi’s short stories have been published in several small journals, including Black Fox Literary and The Ocotillo Review, among others. When she’s not devising deceptively delicious
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