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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Review: Bella Signorina

Bella Signorina
by Denyse Bridger

In one of Rome’s trendiest caffè’s, Bianca comes to dance, and escape the loneliness that haunts her world. For many weeks she's been watching a special man, a handsome, charming stranger who dances, flirts, and leaves alone. Bianca is not anxious to fall in love, and yet…. Something about the enigmatic Stefano has captivated her heart, and she is drawn to him in spite of herself. When she finally gathers her courage to ask him to dance, little does she know her entire world is about to change.

According to the dedication, this story was inspired in part by Patrizio Buanne’s love song “Bella Bella Signorina,” and it is indeed a sweet tale of two people who meet one night in Rome and discover a lasting connection. Bianca and Stefano are both strong-willed and stubborn, in their own ways, and though they find themselves attracted to one another, their passion also frightens them. Bianca is the first woman to see beyond Stefano’s good looks and arrogance, and Stefano is the first man to understand what Bianca truly wants in a partner.

Though they spend a single night together, emotions confuse them, and it will be longer than one night before they come to terms with the potential for a future that lies between them.

The Italian setting of “Bella Signorina,” with its lush, romantic details, lends a sensual feel to this story. The main characters are well written and detailed in description, and the language is quite poetic in places. I loved this line of Stefano’s: “Sometimes, passion is all you need it to be, complex or simple.”

I did feel the romance between the lovers was rushed at times, however, and resolved a little too quickly and easily at the end. However, “Bella Signorina” is a sweet story overall and a nice way to spend an afternoon: reading about blooming love in a far-away, romantic place.

Review by Dandelion