Reader Views – Sheri Hoyte:
Author Melissa Muldoon presents spellbinding artistic expression
in her delightful story, Dreaming Sophia
Not your typical Italian romantic adventure
a wonderful multifaceted story pushes through several genres
The development of her characters is flawless, effortless
ability to draw readers into her world
Layers and layers of exquisite entertainment
Dianne Hales, author of “La Bella Lingua” and “Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered” writes: Brava! You are not only becoming Italian, but a Renaissance woman as well. I know how much work goes into a book, and yours certainly shines through. In Dreaming Sophia, Melissa Muldoon weaves many strands of Italian culture into a delightful blend of fantasy, romance, art and history. With an artist’s keen eye and deft touch, she brings to life the titans of Italian culture in a touching tale of a young woman reeling from loss who discovers that “Italy is the answer.” The many Italophiles who share her belief will revel in the adventures of this kindred spirit. Brava, Melissa!
Dreaming Sophia is a magical look into Italy, language, art, and culture. It is a story about turning dreams into reality and learning to walk the fine line between fact and fantasy. When tragedy strikes, Sophia finds herself alone in the world, without direction and fearful of loving again. With only her vivid imagination to guide her, she begins a journey that will take her from the vineyards in Sonoma, California to a grad school in Philadelphia and, eventually, to Italy: Florence, Lucca, Rome, Verona, Venice, and Val d’Orcia. Through dream-like encounters, Sophia meets Italian personalities—princes, poets, duchesses, artists, and film stars—who give her a gift and advice to help put her life back together. Following a path that takes her from grief to joy, she discovers the source of her creativity and learns to love again, turning her dreams into reality.
If you are a fan of Italy, the language and its culture – grab a cappuccino and get ready to take a trip to Italy