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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Milanese Stars is a romantic suspense novel by author Pamela Q. Fernandes, which focuses on the beautiful and bustling Italian city of Milan. The objects of the book’s title are a valuable collection of pink diamonds, which go missing from the famous Buccatino boutique at the novel’s opening. Enter our hero, all-American guy Samuel Keane, who is here to investigate the insurance claim made by the boutique to compensate them for the diamond heist. During the course of his investigation, he meets Vita, and the pair soon has stars in their eyes for different reasons. As the plot unravels and Sam meets more of Vita’s family and learns her culture and her history, this insurance investigator soon realizes there’s more to the heist than it seems.
Pamela Q. Fernandes has created a delightfully cosy romance read with exciting injections of crime, suspense, thriller and humor throughout. Although you read the tale safely in the storytelling of an accomplished writer, there are moments of genuine surprise and plot twists which send the story deeper into your mind and your heart. Samuel and Vita are well-created characters, and the atmosphere of Milan and northern Italian culture in general is developed with care. I felt like part of Vita’s family right from the moment I met her and her sister. I think it’s important also to commend Pamela Q. Fernandes for the inclusion of disabled characters in her work. Overall, The Milanese Stars is a very enjoyable romance with many surprises along the way.