My Heart Still Surrenders


Romance - Historical
187 Pages
Reviewed on 01/22/2015
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Author Biography

Multi-published, award winning professional author, Robbi Perna, born and raised in Denver, Colorado, is the oldest of four children in an Italian-American family. As the only girl, she gained a unique insight on the Italian male psyche over the years. Her stories often reflect her Italian heritage and the traits many Italian men and women possess. At a recent reunion, a classmate approached her and remarked, "I remember two things about you. You always wanted horses and you were always writing stories.” Robbi happily confirmed she had owned Arabian horses for a number of years before moving away from Denver and she still wrote stories. She now makes her home in Northern Virginia where she spends her time embellishing her townhome to resemble an Italian palazzo and crafting her stories.
Robbi brings a diverse perspective to her writing. Her degrees in Art History and a professional background in business, strategic planning and communications, and more than twenty years as a Senior Military Analyst provide a wealth of inspiration. She is the author of thirty-one published credits that include novels, short stories, articles, essays, and editorials. Robbi’s genre fiction encompasses romance, the paranormal, history, adventure, and women’s literature. Her goal is to live up to one reviewer’s comments: “When you find a writer who can tell a wonderful story that captures your heart and can tell it superbly, well you simply have a great find. Robbi Perna's stories fit the bill to a T!”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Carolina, the Contessina DeSimone, has a very demanding and overbearing father. Of noble birth, Carolina is expected to marry well. Carolina, however, wishes to follow her heart. She does so first to a childhood friend, Carlos, and then, disowned by her abusive father, to the mercenary soldier, Navarre, whom she meets while serving the Princess Margherita before her wedding to Prince Umberto. The story unfolds as the very forward-thinking Princess insists on learning how to fence, a very unladylike pastime for this time period. However, her future husband arranges for Navarre, his trusty spy, to teach the Princess. Carolina is expected to accompany the Princess and join in the lessons. A relationship develops and, when her childhood love, Carlos, is killed, and Carolina's father physically abuses her and disowns her, Navarre steps in and captures her heart. The two marry and, on the Prince's request, move to the United States to act as the Prince's economic advisers in a foreign land. Navarre and the Contessina take on a new role to fit into their lives in America, adopting the name Mr. and Mrs. Miguel Ajani.

This is a thrilling historical romance set in late nineteenth-century Italy. Author Robbi Perna has taken aspects of her great-great grandmother's life, another Carolina, the Contessina Antimori. The historical facts that surround the story are very well researched. With a flair for artistry and the dramatic, the author has provided the reader with a very fast-paced plot that is also very informative. A great read. Well done!