Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Loving Lucianna by Joyce DiPastena (Review)

Sir Balduin de Soler gave up long ago on love. He never had the means to support a wife until an unexpected advancement in his fifties allows him to reassess his future just as the lovely Lucianna enters his life.

Lucianna Fabio harbors a secret, painful memory from her past that has kept her unwed, as well. Now in her forties, she thought herself too old to marry until she meets Sir Balduin. Now suddenly their lonely autumn lives feel very much like spring again . . . until Lucianna’s brother appears without warning and threatens to revive the secret that will destroy Lucianna’s second chance at love.

"Loving Lucianna" is the first in Joyce DiPastena’s new "Hearts in Autumn" romance series, medieval romances revolving around heroes and heroines “in the autumn of their years.” Because you’re never too old to fall in love!


I loved reading a story with a love story where the couple is in their 40's & 50's, haven't read many of those and it was a nice change. Some parts of the story were kind of slow, but the story on the whole was just so sweet and once I got into it I didn't want to stop reading until I finished it.

Lucianna was definitely a character that took me some time to like. She was loyal and caring to those that she loved, but because she was keeping a secret her actions sometimes seemed harsh and cruel - even though I knew why she was behaving the way she was.

Sir Balduin was such a lovable character! From the moment he is introduced in the book he is so sweet and caring toward Lucianna that it you can't help but love him. I loved all the things he did throughout the story to woo her and kept hoping that she would finally give in and accept him.

Loving Lucianna is the first book I've read by this author, but I really enjoyed it. This is the first book in a new series but I found out while reading this that the main characters, as well a some minor ones, are from a different book - Illuminations of the Heart. This didn't hamper my enjoyment, as the author did a fabulous job giving many details about their past, but I wish I had known beforehand so I could had read that book first.

I recommend this to fans of historical romance.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Published: Sable Tyger Books (October 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098924198X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989241984
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Available to purchase: Amazon (Paperback) | Amazon (Kindle)

Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).

When she’s not writing, Joyce loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with her sister and friends. A highlight of her year is attending the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival .

Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.


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