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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
A slow stroll through the Italian countryside during harvest time is exactly what the reader will take while reading Umbrian Twilight by Giovanna Piccozzi. Meeting an air marshal, Mike, on her flight to her farm in Italy, the story of her ancestry, her tragedy, and her search for restoration unravel in a gentle story which is full of images of the Italian olive harvest, as well as the warmth and generosity of an Umbrian village and the care of the neighbors. The memories of family gardens and slow, lazy Sunday afternoons among family and friends blends to create a rich portrait in the soft tones of a soothing picture in Giovanna’s mind as she works to reconstruct a soul which has been grieving at the loss of one of her children. How can she count the losses in her life when there have been so many gains? One of those gains is found in the gentle Umbrian breezes as the sun begins to set.
Giovanna Piccozzi has painted a masterpiece with words in Umbrian Twilight which rivals the great masterpieces of the Italian painters. The soft tones and tender touch of her words not only ease the mind and sooth the soul of the heroine in the story, but they speak to the reader as well. The reader will take a quiet stroll through the gardens and village markets of the Italian countryside, feeling the cool breezes, smelling the delights from the kitchens, hearing the gentle laughter and watching the setting sun through the olive trees. Gentle, soothing and homey; Umbrian Twilight will take the reader on an unforgettable journey of the soul.