Villa Mirabella

By Peter Pezzelli
(Kensington, Paperback, 9780758220516, 304pp.)

Publication Date: June 1, 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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In his acclaimed novels of Italian-American life, Peter Pezzelli explores themes of friendship, hope, and second chances. With "Villa Mirabella, " he invites readers into the lives of an unforgettable family--and into the warmth of one very special bed and breakfast. . .
When Jason Mirabella returns to his childhood home on a blustery winter's day, the only thing he's sure of is that he'll be staying in Providence just long enough to get back on his feet again. It's been three years since Jason moved to Los Angeles, brimming with ambitions he knew could never be fulfilled in Rhode Island. He had no intention of entering the family business--running a beautiful but timeworn B&B that's struggling to compete with downtown's luxurious new hotels. Smart, proud, and hardworking, Jason found quick success in L.A, until one foolish decision cost him everything.
Jason's widowed father, Giulio, is overjoyed to have his prodigal son back in the fold under any circumstances, though his siblings, Ray and Natalie, are less than thrilled. But as days go by, Jason slowly begins to carve out a place for himself, rediscovering the people and places he was so eager to leave behind, and beginning a tentative romance with a young woman who opens his eyes to a wider world.
Just as Jason begins to forge a better understanding of his family, circumstances transpire to test that bond and challenge his resolutions. Now, as the promise of spring comes to New England once more, Jason will learn that sometimes, you can go home again, and the answers found there may be the only ones you need. . .



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  1. Disgraced and discouraged, Jason swallows his pride and returns to Rhode Island. When he shows up at home, his father takes him in without question. Have you ever found yourself in Jason’s position? Was your reception the same? Have you ever been in Giulio’s position, welcoming a wayward child back into the fold? Why is it so hard to come home sometimes?

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