Book Review: Daughter of Mine by Laura Fabiani

5820919Title: Daughter of Mine by Laura Fabiani
Genre: Contemporary women’s fiction, 204 pages
Publisher: iUniverse
Published: Sept 2008
Content Rating: G

Book Description

Tiziana Manoretti is an only child in her late twenties blessed with loving parents, a promising career, and a best friend who fiercely protects her. When her mother falls seriously ill and the relationship between her parents becomes suddenly strained, a carefully hidden family secret is revealed and Tiziana’s seemingly idealistic world is turned upside down. After discovering she was born in a Naples orphanage and subsequently given up for adoption, Tiziana sets out for the small town of Gaeta in an attempt to find her birth parents. Meanwhile, her best friend Christopher is sending her mixed messages, causing her to wonder if there is more to their relationship than just companionship.

As she becomes intertwined with a handful of interesting characters who help her uncover her past, Tiziana needs to decide whether her feelings for Christopher are deeper than she realizes. She discovers herself and others all while her family’s resilience and love for one another is tested when confronted with a shocking truth. The answers lie in a box found in a closet in Italy, and Tiziana must determine if she wants to embrace the heartache and the pain from her past in order to learn forgiveness and find peace in the future.

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Daughter of Mine is about Tiziana, a successful single woman who finds out that she was adopted. She has some difficulty with the fact that her loving parents kept this secret from her for 27 years. She decides she’d like to know more about her birth parents and travels to Italy with the little information her father provided her with.

I enjoyed following Tiziana’s journey as she makes new friends and finds out the truth about her birth. There are a few surprises along the way and within a few short days, she changes the lives of many people. Best of all, she finds love while she is there.

I like Laura Fabiani’s writing. She has a gift for describing the scenery and the people of Italy. I definitely recommend Daughter of Mine.


About the Author

(from Goodreads)

2632999My name is Laura Fabiani and I live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I’m an author, book reviewer and blogger since 2009. My reading tastes vary greatly and I read both fiction and non-fiction. I review adult, YA and children’s books, since I love reading to my children. I review books for pleasure and learning. I prefer books free of profanity, explicit sex, violence or paranormal themes. I post my reviews on my blog Library of Clean Reads, Goodreads, and Amazon.

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I have a degree in Special Care Counseling and have worked as a psychiatric child counselor and as a special education technician at various institutions. I hold a diploma in Writing for Children and Teenagers and an advanced certificate in TESOL from the Canadian Institute of English. I am currently working in a community centre developing and implementing adapted programs for senior’s with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. I am married to a wonderful man, have two children and I’m trying to write my second novel. It’s a busy life!


Book Review: Fly Away Free by Anne Turner Coppola


644add66-e90c-4f31-9050-df73b7e1750dTitle: Fly Away Free
Author: Anne Turner Coppola
Publisher: Xlibris
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Format: Ebook

The story begins when Tessie Farrell, an older woman living in South Florida, is walking her dog and rescues a baby osprey whose parents are killed by three young boys raiding the osprey’s nest to steal the baby ospreys. Taking the rescued baby osprey home, Tessie contacts the police to report what happened. After caring and feeding the baby osprey and building a cage for the bird, Tessie finds herself exhausted. Lying down to rest, Tessie is transported back in time, when she was a ten-year-old girl living with her parents on a dairy farm in northern New York. Devastated to learn that she is adopted, Tessie is taunted by her classmates as she struggles to understand why she was unwanted by her biological parents. In her isolation from children her own age, she creates her own fantasy world with the help of Dolly, a horse that is boarded at the farm and whom Tessie adopts as her pet horse, and two pet geese, raised and nurtured by Tessie as hatchlings. While Tessie roams her fantasy world with Dolly, she meets and befriends an older woman, Maudie, who will play a very important role in helping Tessie find herself as she learns to accept who she is and to find acceptance by those around her. This is a story of courage, self-discovery, and love, and a young girl’s struggle to overcome the pain of being adopted.


My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Fly Away Free is an interesting story about the memories Tessie has when she rescues a baby osprey after its parents were killed by some teens. She remembers the time when she was a child and she raised two geese after their parents disappeared. 

When Tessie was seven, she was told that she was adopted and it changed her outlook on life. Her parents tried to explain that she was special because they chose her out of all of the babies that were adopted but it didn’t change her mind. She isolated herself from other children because she thought she was different. I’m sure some children feel the way Tessie did but it was hard for me to relate to because my mom was adopted and her parents were always open about it and it didn’t bother her. She was never curious about her biological parents because her adoptive parents were the ones who loved and raised her.

Tessie learned many lessons along the way. Taking care of the goslings and learning all about them for a science project was a lot of work but she persevered. As she fell in love with her geese, she learned that love is more important than blood. She also learned how to forgive, which can be difficult for all of us. 

Fly Away Free is a quick and interesting read that readers of any age would enjoy.


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