Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on November 27th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.
But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.
For some, they are real life.
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all.
I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.
I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all.
The Savonas still hold power where it counts most.
In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more.
And I am soon to become one of them.
I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife…
… or at least I was, until I met Achille.
And everything changed.
Whenever I start a Tillie cole book, the same emotions run through my system. Anticipation, anxiety, joy but mostly fear. With Tillie Cole you simply don’t know what to expect. She can go dark like no other, and she can write heartbreak. So when I set out this journey of A Veil of Vines, I simply didn’t know what to expect.
This is a story of Caresa Acardi who is an Italian duchess who is set to marry the Italian Prince Zeno Savona in Umbria, Italy. She is a wine connoisseur and very fond of one of Zeno’s wine brands. While she is staying on Zeno’s wine yard, she strikes up a delicate friendship with one of winemakers on the estate, Achille Marchesi.
Achille is a shy man who loves his quiet life of winemaking, opera and dreams of a love like his parents shared. The love story between Achille and Caresa shows how two people from two very different societies can oversome everything as long as your soul recognizes its other part in another person.
This book is so very different from Tillie Cole’s regular dark style. This is a quiet story that is set in a pace that, in the beginning, felt a little slow, but as the story unfolds and the relationship between these two characters, it makes sense. Achille is such a shy and somewhat damaged man who has been excluded from society, and the way he changes and opens up to Caresa makes for a beautiful storyline. The plot line was obvious but it didn’t take away from the story telling at all. I wouldn’t have expected Tillie Cole to deliver such as sweet and yet beautiful story, but she did.
Furthermore, I never expected she would be able to dethrone Flame (from her Hades Hangman series) as my favorite hero, but Achille managed to do so. His quiet demeanor, combined with strength of his character, with a twist of damage made him the ideal leading man in my world.
So despite the slow start, this story ended up being just as beautiful as the Italian countryside described and is a 4.5 star read.