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Reviewed by Risah Salazar for Readers' Favorite
Left by her cheating husband, Sarah Miller flies to Italy. Pushed by her best friend Meredith, she grabs the opportunity to go back to teaching in the beautiful city of Rome. Aside from being an art lover, she also paints; that's why Rome will be a good fit for her to breathe and start anew, right? Wrong. All her sight-seeing plans get derailed when she meets the head of the Scuola -- the daunting Sister Maria. Then there's Anna, too, the happy-go-lucky math wiz who keeps on inviting her to parties and setting her up with dudes half her age. Right in the middle of it comes Eduardo, the father of one of her students, with a heart-melting smile and a nicely-toned body. With all of this and more, how can Sarah find peace and heal her broken heart?
Romance touched with a little bit of comedy, Wendi Dass's Bella Cigna captures the reader right from the get-go. That beautiful cover does not disappoint; the plot is complex but it develops seamlessly. With a poetic language and amazing imagery, the book is sure to appeal to the senses. It discusses relevant themes such as depression and infertility delicately. The characters are not perfect but it's the silly imperfections that make them relatable and real. They may be troubled but they are brave and they won't stop fighting to live another day. A story of losing and finding yourself again, Bella Cigna is highly recommended to lovers of art and contemporary fiction.