Daughter of Mine by Laura Fabiani

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. 

Synopsis -

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.

Review - 

I love escaping into a great novel, especially when it features a strong, intelligent, educated female character in the lead role. Daughter of Mine by Laura Fabiani offers just that in the role of 27 year old Tiziana Manoretti - a Canadian/Italian mechanical engineer living in Montreal. Add in a splash of unrequited love, family discord, a long held secret, international travel and good food, well you get the idea.

Tiziana had just successfully finished a project when she was blindsided by her mother's sudden health challenge. As it could have a hereditary basis, the doctor recommended she be tested.  That lead to a confrontation between her mother and father on whether to share a secret - dad on one side, mom on the other. The secret was devastating. She was adopted. It didn't take long before she was on a plane to Naples to visit the orphanage where she was born and hopefully connect with her birth parents. Unfortunately, someone behind the scenes was putting up roadblocks at every turn. 

There were several things I loved about this book. The characters were well developed. After a few pages of walking in their shoes, I felt I could picture each in my head and understand why they acted the way they did. Then there was the attention to the surroundings. I can only assume the author has visited the area as the detailed descriptions of both the buildings, the countryside, the food and the people brought them to life for me. Well done.

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Meet the Author - 
In 2008, Laura began blogging about books shortly after she published her first book. She started Library of Clean Reads, a book review blog, and discovered the joy of reviewing a variety of genres. Her children have joined her in this venture and they spend many happy hours reading books together. A Special Care Counselor by profession, Laura has co-led and developed programs for seniors with dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease. She has a passion for the topic of neuroscience and wellness.

Throughout the years she has met and worked with wonderful publishers, both traditional and indie, as well as publicists and authors. Best of all, she discovered the world of book bloggers--a community of special people who spend their precious time sharing their love of books and all things related to books.

Taking part in book tours has always made Laura feel more connected to authors and the publishing field. She organized her own virtual tour when her book was published and she learned several things. As an author, it exposed her to actual reader views and social media. As a book blogger and book tour organizer, it taught her the amount of work it entailed. And she loves it!

You can find Laura blogging at Library of Clean Reads and Essentially Italian. She is also the owner of Italy Book Tours, Je Lis Blog Tours and Il Mio Libro Blog Tours.