1,726 Readers Entered the Dreaming Sophia Book GiveAway!
There were Five lucky winners and 1 Grand Prize Winner Chosen 1/24/2016
What Participants in the Italy Book Review Tour
have to say about Dreaming Sophia
Essentially Italian : “If you are familiar with Italian culture and history then this will be a refreshing look at Italy’s beloved artists, but if you are not, it’s a great and fanciful introduction to a culture and history that has touched and influenced the rest of the world.” Full Review
“A dreamy, romantic book that brims with a passion for Italy”
I fell in love with Dreaming Sophia!
Working Mommy Journal : “I fell in love with Dreaming Sophia! You will feel as though you are with her on the streets of Florence, in the coffee shops and in her art studio. We watch her grow as an individual and as a woman and the transformation is wonderful. You feel almost like her Mother and best friend, wanting nothing but the best for Sophia. I wished the story would never have ended because I just couldn’t wait to see what happened next (to tell you would give away the story but trust me, she leaves you craving more!). Dreaming Sophia is a beautiful story of hope, faith, trust and a love of all things Italian. A truly wonderful novel to treasure over and over again.” Full Review
Dreaming Sophia is a beautiful story of hope, faith,
trust and a love of all things Italian
Celticlady’s Reviews : What a fun time I had reading this book. The writing was so good that it felt like I was on the Sophia’s journey right along with her. The sights, sounds and smells of Italy came right through the pages. The author definitely knows of what she writes and has put her own experiences onto the page. To me that is the mark of a great author that can have the reader transported into the pages of the book. I hope to read more by this author, maybe a continuation of Sophia’s story…”because dreaming is an art”. Full Review
The mark of a great author: transport the
reader into the pages of the book
3 Partners in Shopping Nana, Mommy , + Sissy, Too! : “Dreaming Sophia” by author Melissa Muldoon is a wonderful treat. It is the kind of book that you will want to read slowly so that you will enjoy it all and not miss anything. I have always been interested in Italy and how it felt to actually be there. In the beginning there is a huge, horrible tragedy to endure but, this book is full of dreams and ideas, and ways taken to overcome such a tragedy. All I can say is “Wow!” This book is a must for anyone who loves Italy , and who loves Sophia. I am so glad that I was able to read this story. I give this book a 5/5. Full Review
Sophia is such an inspiration for me to work towards my dream
of learning Italian and visiting the country
Book and Ink : “It is apparent that the writer knows her history well and is familiar with even the most vivid detail of all the sights mentioned in the book. With such lush narration and vivid description, this book is dream come true for me. In fact, Sophia is such an inspiration for me to step up and work towards my dream of learning Italian and visiting the country. In spite of being so beautiful, the writer hasn’t described the real ugly face of the city. However, this can be overlooked. After all, some positivity doesn’t hurt.” Full Review
Haddie’s Haven : “The author brings Italian aspects into every possible part of the story. Sophia is a brilliant character. The way the author incorporates artwork and classic characters from literature. It is really a great story to follow. I enjoyed reading it so much.” Full Review
Delightfully captivating from the start to the very end
The Journey Back “A delightful debut novel. Congratulations Melissa! Delightfully captivating from the start to the very end. So much detail about Italy; it’s history, art and culture drew this reader in.” Full Review
Sophia’s muses really make Italian history “come to life”
Jayne’s Books : “While I haven’t been to Italy myself, I do know people who have been to those cities that are mentioned in the book and I can honestly see myself there in those cities. I also liked how the author integrated history, literature and art history into the book and it just brought the book alive for me, being a lover of all three.” Full Review
Transported me off to Italy!
Corinne Campos Rodrigues : “I loved the way the book flowed allowing the reader to be carried away with Sophia. I could relate to the protagonist, Sophia (named for Sophia Loren), a girl with an active imagination which she uses to ‘travel’ and ‘experience’ life despite her circumstances.
I love how Sophia moves toward what she dreams of. It’s a process.
Heidi’s Wanderings : The main reason I enjoyed this book is that it reminded me that dreams don’t come true over night. I love how Sophia moves toward what she really dreams of. It’s a process. And she grows along the way. She becomes the person she dreamt of being. Full Review
I’m a history and art buff and didn’t realize how much
I would enjoy reading this fantasy novel.
#redhead.with.book : “Can you learn history through fantasy? It certainly felt like that as I read Dreaming Sophia. I’m a history and art buff and didn’t realize how much I would enjoy reading this fantasy / novel. Sophia’s muses really make Italian history “come to life” and their inclusion added an unusual dimension to her story. The interaction between her “dream characters” was clever.” Full Review
Melissa Muldoon brings the art and history of Italy alive
Satisfying, often educational read
A modern escape
Svetlana’s Reads and Views : “If the reader is a neophyte when it comes to Italy but is daunted by its history as well as looking for a modern escape, then this is the right book to get lost in.” Full Review
Readers can envision the journey and beauty
of the country which is well described
Rockin’ Book Reviews : “As Sophia experiences the many places and aspects of Italy, the reader can envision the journey and beauty of the country which is well described. The characters were interesting and veritable. The Book Cover and Title were well created.” Full Review
The Pen and Muse Book Reviews : Author Interview: Q. Where did you get the inspiration for your story? A. The inspiration for the novel “Dreaming Sophia” comes from my love for Italy and my personal experiences traveling and living in Italy and learning the language. It also originates from a beautiful dress! Full Interview
Library of Clean Reads : Author Interview: Q. One of the things that struck me about your book is how well you managed to portray Italians, even though you yourself are not Italian. Can you tell us what you love the most about the Italian culture and language? A: I am not Italian, but it sure feels like in a previous life I must have been! I have always been a great observer of all things. I take in all manner of details and file them away in the back of my mind for future reference. Full Interview
Katie’s Clean Book Collection : Book Spotlight
T’s Stuff : Author interview: Q: Where did the idea come from for writing this novel? A. One of the greatest reasons for writing this book “Dreaming Sophia” was to weave together fact and fiction in a fanciful creative way, to bring to life the titans of Italian culture, language, and art. The stories flow from posts I write for my dual Italian and English blog “Studentessa Matta. Full Interview
My Journey Back : Author Interview – Q. Your book is filled with fanciful characters. Is the book based on fantasy or on reality? A. “Dreaming Sophia” is based on a contemporary reality. But there are elements of fantasy and at times a blending of fact with fiction. Full Interview
Bookroom Reviews : Book Spot Light & Guest Post “On top of the world, on top of Florence’s Duomo!” Read Guest Post
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