The Sicilian Nobleman's Daughter  -     By: Florence Calderone Blake
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The Sicilian Nobleman's Daughter

Winepress Publishing / 2010 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 188
Vendor: Winepress Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1414114966
ISBN-13: 9781414114965
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IN THIS POWERFUL MEMOIR, FLORENCE CALDERONE BLAKE RELIVES HER CHILDHOOD OF ABUSE, STARVATION, AND EVEN ATTEMPTED MURDER AT HER MOTHER'S HANDS. The Sicilian Nobleman's Daughter is the story of Giovanni Calderone's family. As a young artilleryman in World War I, Giovanni distinguishes himself for valor and receives from King Victor Emanuel III the noble title of Cavalier. As a member of the richest family in Casteltermini, Italy, Giovanni stands to inherit major holdings in a sulfur mine, gristmill, palaces, and real estate. He weds a beautiful, penniless orphan, Maria, who despises him and his obnoxious kin, but who has no say in the arrangement as one dares not turn down Don Angelo Calderone's son. As Fascism gains power, Mussolini poises to seize Don Calderone's possessions. Giovanni's choice is to join the Fascists or to join their adversaries the Mafia. He chooses neither, but takes his family to America, thereby relinquishing all his financial interests. In America, without English, he can only do menial factory labor. His family goes from riches to rags. His youngest daughter, Florence, strongly resembles her father and thus becomes the target of her mother's contempt. The girl survives several attempts on her life, rebels against her mother's tyranny, and finally finds and embraces Christ. Maria contracts a terminal illness. In his perfect timing, God sends a volunteer to invite her to a Billy Graham Crusade in nearby New York City. After Maria's death, Giovanni reveals astonishing secrets Florence has long suspected. FLORENCE CALDERONE BLAKE, Giovanni's youngest daughter, teaches writing courses part-time in Southern Oregon's Rogue Community College. A part-time reporter for Oregon's upper Rogue Independent, she's also had over 750 articles in national publications including Guideposts Books, Boston Globe, and Mature Living.

Author Info

Florence Calderone Blake, Giovanni’s youngest daughter, teaches writing courses part-time in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Community College. A part-time reporter for Oregon’s upper Rogue Independent, she’s also had over 750 articles in national publications including Guideposts Books, Boston Globe, and Mature Living.

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Following World War I, Nobleman Giovanni Calderone must choose alliance with Fascism or The Mafia. Rejecting both evils, he opts to take his family to America, and relinquish great wealth.

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  1. Orleans, NE
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    this story shows what God can do
    July 7, 2012
    joyhart
    Orleans, NE
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    I just finished reading this story. It is very emotional, written in a way that I could feel her suffering and her happiness. This story shows what God can do in each of our lives if we just put our trust in Him.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    April 29, 2010
    Bobbie
    I purchased four novels and shared with friends, I didn't get to read it until I recieved word of its quality from an Aunt that is going to do a book revue on it for book club. She wrote,(I don't know how she put up with her mother and brothers, I would have slaughtered the lot.) My self, knowing Flo personally I can't discribe the emotional empathy I feel for her after reading her life story. It is a most interesting story though a sad one.
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