Monday, May 11, 2009

CFBA: Taking Tuscany by Renee Riva

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This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

Taking Tuscany


Renee Riva
David C. Cook (May 2009)


A. J. Degulio loved the idea of a visit to the Old Country... until her family decided to stay. It's 1972 and she's turning fourteen in a crumbling castle on a hill in Tuscany, wishing she were back in Idaho with her beloved dog, Sailor. In Italy, her blonde hair makes her stick out like a vanilla wafer in a box of chocolate biscotti, and she's so lonely her best friend is a nun from the local convent.

The challenges of roots and relatives are nothing new to A. J., but she's going to need more than the famous Degulio sense of humor to survive. Can't anyone see that Italy isn't really home? It will take a catastrophe - and a few wise words from a friend - for A. J. to understand that sometimes the only thing you can change is your perspective.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Taking Tuscany, go HERE


Renee Riva writes humorous stories with a message, for both children and adults. Having been raised in a large Italian family with a great sense of humor, she has much to draw from for developing quirky characters.

She loves sharing her secrets for story starters at Young Author events, helping to spark the imagination of young minds. Renee and her husband live in Richland, Washington, with their three daughters, a dog, a cat, and until recently, her beloved hamster—may she rest in peace.

1 comment:

Pamela J said...

Hi April and Renee! It has been awhile since I visited Projecting A. I'm glad I came and found out about this book, Taking Tuscany. I've been to Italy so probably can identify with some things in the book. And LOOK! Renee has blonde hair too! Thanks for the information on the book!
Pam Williams