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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Vernazza Effect is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama genre. It is aimed at mature adult readers and was penned by author Roberta R. Carr. Please be aware that the book includes a scene depicting sexual violence. The book follows Ella Walker as she sets out on a tour of Italy to heal after a series of tragedies shatters her world. Together with her best friend Tara, she finds herself in the tiny village of Vernazza, which she hopes will provide the shelter she needs to recover and find herself once more, but can she avoid the cruel twists of fate that haunt her, at least long enough to heal?
Author Roberta R. Carr delivers a heart-wrenching journey of hope, moving forward, and the strength we all have inside us. One of my favorite things about this novel is how uplifting and positive the message was despite the darker aspects of the tale. Carr gives beautiful and vivid descriptions of the countries and locations in the book, which will leave you wishing you were there with Ella, and I also felt Carr managed the intimate scenes well, making them evocative without them ever feeling too graphic. The Vernazza Effect follows protagonist Ella as she moves forward from a tragic situation and finds love again. The characters are all fully fleshed out and feel like real people with real stories, which causes you to invest in them and their journeys, feeling everything they feel throughout the novel. I would highly recommend The Vernazza Effect to anyone who enjoys fiction based on reality and a story that will move you.