The Godmother

Leona is a young Italian American college student from a middle-class family in America. She has never seen the country of her ancestors. Given the opportunity, she signs up for a study abroad to Italy, and while there, she not only learns the marvels of the country she admires but also meets and falls in love with a handsome young Italian. His Calabresi family is the largest wine producer in all Italy. The idyllic fairy tale becomes complicated when his equally handsome and charming younger brother also falls in love with Leona.Choosing the elder brother to marry, Leona's life begins anew as if it were the perfect dream she imagined. Her brother-in-law marries and asks Leona to be his only daughter's godmother. Leona's life is now one of the Italian elites—rich, powerful, and complicated.With the financial resources now available to her, she convinces her husband to buy an elaborate estate in Maine, where her husband and his friends spend many hours enjoying the outdoor life and his great love of skiing. While still nearly a newlywed, her husband dies in a tragic ski accident, leaving Leona a widow with one very young son. The questions now become: Who will be the heir to the great fortune of the Calabresi wine holdings? Will old passions be reignited?

by Sheila Jayne

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