Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: Loving Luciana by Joyce DiPastena

Loving Luciana by Joyce DiPastena

Book Description:

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 she meets Sir Balduin. Now suddenly their lonely autumn lives feel very much like spring again . . . until Lucianna’s brother appears without warning and threatens to revive the secret that will destroy Lucianna’s second chance at love.

“Loving Lucianna" is the first in my new “Hearts in Autumn” romance series, medieval romances revolving around heroes and heroines “in the autumn of their years.” Because you’re never too old to fall in love!”


I've read and enjoyed other books by Joyce DiPastena, so I was excited for the chance to review her new book, Loving Luciana. I thought it was a good story. It's heartwarming for two people who are quite on in years (considering the time period) to find love at last.

I might not have been in the right mood for this when I read it though. I was a bit impatient with the flashbacks used to tell about Lucianna's past. That and some sections packed with details made parts drag a bit for me.

While this was a book I could easily put down for awhile, it had a good storyline and is clean. It's worth the read if you like medieval romances and have some time.

About the Author:

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 where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist). Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.

Title: Loving Luciana
Author: Joyce DiPastena
Publisher: Sable Tyger Books
Published: October 11, 2014
Source: I received an eCopy in exchange for a review.

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