ciao bella a novel about searching for beauty and finding love

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Ciao Bella

Author : Ryan Phillips
ISBN : 9780768490084
Genre : Fiction
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Isabelle Mackenzie always imagined herself married with kids. Instead, at 30, she’s chronically single and lives alone in a cramped condo on Chicago’s north side. Sure she’s got her beloved bookstore and her two best friends, Cameron and Oliver, but even they can’t make up for the fact that her life hasn’t turned out anything like she expected. The weighing disappointment has her questioning everything she once felt certain of, including her faith in God. So when Olly and Cam secretly volunteer her for a nationally-televised makeover, Mack decides to use the opportunity to reinvent herself. What follows is an unlikely romance with famous actor Cooper Young, a cross-continental adventure, and the long-awaited chance to make all of her dreams come true. Will Mack be able to keep her faith amidst the glitz and glamour of Cooper’s lifestyle, or will she lose herself and abandon everything and everyone she cares about in the process? Ciao, Bella is the story of one woman’s unexpected revelations about faith, love, and true happiness. It’s a novel for all who have ever been granted the desires of their hearts only to discover that what they thought they wanted could never compare to what they already had.

I M In Love With A Church Girl

Author : Ryan Phillips
ISBN : 9780768484397
Genre : Fiction
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Miles Montego is a guy who has it all—cars, boats, good looks, a mansion, money, women, and a past. Miles is a retired high-level drug trafficker who has gone legitimate. Even though he’s turned over a new leaf, the DEA can’t seem to let him out of their sights. Miles’ extreme loyalty to his circle of friends and former colleagues, lead him to try and sway them to legal forms of business. When Miles meets the girl of his dreams, Vanessa, she isn’t his usual type, as she is a “Church Girl.” Miles and Vanessa embark on a fairytale romance, while God uses Vanessa as way to help Miles choose to hold on to his past or let go and let God have his way with his life.

Ciao Bella

Author : Gina Buonaguro
ISBN : 142998337X
Genre : Fiction
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For Graziella, the quiet, cultured life she lived in Venice with her musician husband, Ugo, was everything she could have hoped for. But when Italy allied itself with Nazi Germany in 1940, her world changed forever. Ugo, trading in his violin for a gun, joined the Resistance, while Graziella was forced to seek refuge at his family's farm in the nearby Euganean Hills. "Just until the war is over," Ugo had promised, but it has been months now since the Nazis retreated, and no one has seen him since. With Ugo gone, it seems as if she will be trapped forever on this remote farm with her lost husband's difficult family. So when an American soldier named Frank is stranded on the mountain, Graziella embraces this unexpected chance at being happy again. But as tempting as it is to leave behind this war-torn country and her painful memories for a new life in America, can she go without learning her husband's fate? With quiet grace and humor, Ciao Bella explores the possibilities of love and redemption in the wake of war, showing that some of the hardest decisions come only after the fighting has stopped.

La Bella Figura

Author : Beppe Severgnini
ISBN : 9780307486875
Genre : Travel
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Join the bestselling author of Ciao, America! on a lively tour of modern Italy that takes you behind the seductive face it puts on for visitors—la bella figura—and highlights its maddening, paradoxical true self You won’t need luggage for this hypothetical and hilarious trip into the hearts and minds of Beppe Severgnini’s fellow Italians. In fact, Beppe would prefer if you left behind the baggage his crafty and elegant countrymen have smuggled into your subconscious. To get to his Italia, you’ll need to forget about your idealized notions of Italy. Although La Bella Figura will take you to legendary cities and scenic regions, your real destinations are the places where Italians are at their best, worst, and most authentic: The highway: in America, a red light has only one possible interpretation—Stop! An Italian red light doesn’t warn or order you as much as provide an invitation for reflection. The airport: where Italians prove that one of their virtues (an appreciation for beauty) is really a vice. Who cares if the beautiful girls hawking cell phones in airport kiosks stick you with an outdated model? That’s the price of gazing upon perfection. The small town: which demonstrates the Italian genius for pleasant living: “a congenial barber . . . a well-stocked newsstand . . . professionally made coffee and a proper pizza; bell towers we can recognize in the distance, and people with a kind word and a smile for everyone.” The chaos of the roads, the anarchy of the office, the theatrical spirit of the hypermarkets, and garrulous train journeys; the sensory reassurance of a church and the importance of the beach; the solitude of the soccer stadium and the crowded Italian bedroom; the vertical fixations of the apartment building and the horizontal democracy of the eat-in kitchen. As you venture to these and many other locations rooted in the Italian psyche, you realize that Beppe has become your Dante and shown you a country that “has too much style to be hell” but is “too disorderly to be heaven.” Ten days, thirty places. From north to south. From food to politics. From saintliness to sexuality. This ironic, methodical, and sentimental examination will help you understand why Italy—as Beppe says—“can have you fuming and then purring in the space of a hundred meters or ten minutes.”

The Sidewalk Artist

Author : Gina Buonaguro
ISBN : 9781429902458
Genre : Fiction
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"A fantasia of a double tale skimming through the art capitals of Europe with double muses, double love pursuits, double Raphaels, even double authors, a tale dripping with idealized romantic settings, mystery, art, and a touch of magic, The Sidewalk Artist will keep readers wondering what is real and what is artifice--as fine paintings always do." --Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue While in Europe researching her next novel, twenty-something American Tulia Rose falls headlong into a romance with a handsome sidewalk artist. As he takes her on a tour of Europe's artistic treasures, she begins writing the story of the painter Raphael and his secret lover. Yet as her own affair grows deeper, Tulia's sidewalk artist grows more mysterious. Why does he seem so familiar? And what is his connection to the great Renaissance painter? Set in Paris and Italy, this lyrical first novel interweaves two parallel love stories, offering readers a unique view on the research and inspiration that goes into creating historical novels such as The Girl with the Pearl Earring and The Birth of Venus.

An Italian Journey

Author : James Ernest Shaw
ISBN : 0984658513
Genre : Travel
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Every Day In Tuscany

Author : Frances Mayes
ISBN : 0767929829
Genre : Travel
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A recipe-complemented work continues the author's tribute to the region of Tuscany and its people, tracing the course of a year during which she renovated a thirteenth-century house in the mountains above Cortona.

Gelato And Gourmet Frozen Desserts A Professional Learning Guide

Author : Luciano Ferrari
ISBN : 9781409288503
Genre : Cooking
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This textbook offers a large number of classical and modern recipes to manufacture gourmet Gelato, Sorbet, Sherbet, Ice Cream, Water Ice and Frozen Custard. The mission of this work is to introduce and to direct with a very practical yet professional approach all those who would like to open a frozen dessert business or the frozen dessert professionals who are looking for good ideas to offer their customers. The recipes are completed by useful garnish tips that refer to the comprehensive garnish recipe chapter. Through a very easy-to-read recipe layout, with dosage expressed both in metric and in US Standard System, the operator is taken from the ingredient list to the mixing directions all the way to the manufacturing tips so to make sure he gets all the necessary information to create the most outstanding and authentic frozen dessert concoctions. All recipes have been individually tested to guarantee the result and are formulated according to the most user's friendly technical methods.

The Everything Ice Cream Gelato And Frozen Desserts Cookbook

Author : Susan Whetzel
ISBN : 9781440525681
Genre : Cooking
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Make any day sweeter—with the luscious taste of homemade ice cream! Have you been searching for creative new ways to enjoy ice cream? With this delightful collection of recipes, you can craft flavor-infused ice cream anytime. Whether it's a twist on plain vanilla bean or an artisan flavor like Fresh Fig Gelato, The Everything Ice Cream, Gelato, and Frozen Desserts Cookbook includes recipes for hundreds of cold delights, including: Ice cream, ice milk, and frozen yogurt Sherbets and sorbets Italian gelato and other international frozen desserts Vegan and sugar-free frozen desserts If you're an ice cream aficionado, dig in to this ultimate guide to homemade frozen desserts. It's packed full of delicious, creamy recipes your entire family will love to scoop up!

Love In Translation

Author : Wendy Nelson Tokunaga
ISBN : 1429988185
Genre : Fiction
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Stuck. That's how 33-year-old aspiring singer Celeste Duncan feels, with her deadbeat boyfriend and static career. But then Celeste receives a puzzling phone call and a box full of mysterious family heirlooms which just might be the first real clue to the identity of the father she never knew. Impulsively, Celeste flies to Japan to search for a long-lost relative who could be able to explain. She stumbles head first into a weird, wonderful world where nothing is quite as it seems—a land with an inexplicable fascination with foreigners, karaoke boxes, and unbearably perky TV stars. With little knowledge of Japanese, Celeste finds a friend in her English-speaking homestay brother, Takuya, and comes to depend on him for all variety of translation, travel and investigatory needs. As they cross the country following a trail after Celeste's family, she discovers she's developing "more-than-sisterly" feelings for him. But with a nosy homestay mom scheming to reunite Takuya with his old girlfriend, and her search growing dimmer, Celeste begins to wonder whether she's made a terrible mistake by coming to Japan. Can Celeste find her true self in this strange land, and discover that love can transcend culture?

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