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.
- Original Title:A Veil of Vines
- Author:Tillie Cole
- Rating:8.28 / 10
- Publisher:Published November 27th 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
For many, many years the great nation of Italy was defined by its regal elegance. Kings, queens, princes and princesses ruled from their castles. People bowed at their feet.
Until they didn’t . . .
In 1946, a republic was born. The royals and their extended families were formally stripped of their power. It was widely believed that Italy had finally been freed from the rule of the blue bloods. The aristocracy no longer had their titles, their heritage publicly shorn.
But in private, matters remained largely unchanged.
For ancestry and tradition were not forgotten, no matter how much the people of Italy may have wished it so. Centuries of upper-class ceremony and influence cannot be so easily erased.
Those Italian families who had once ruled supreme, who were once the beating heart of the sacred country they honored, steadfastly held on to their elevated statuses....