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Friday, February 07, 2014

Featured Indie Book: Urbino, Unexpectedly (Maria Chiara Marsciani)

Urbino, Unexpectedly (Maria Chiara Marsciani)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: New Adult Romance / Coming-of-Age Urbino, Unexpectedly: a story of love and self-discovery by Maria Chiara Marsciani.

Urbino, Unexpectedly is set in Italy between the frivolous Adriatic coast, the backcountry’s romantic hamlets, the Alps, foggy Milan, and colorful Rome. It shows the Italian upper-class lifestyle and it is a coming- of-age journey through love, sickness, death, jealousy, and passion.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and CreateSpace and is available as eBook and Paperback - 320 pages - released in January 2014.

About the Book

One year. One love. One life.

Can love really help us to find out who we truly are, or is it just an out-of-fashion statement?

Italy early '90s, but it could be today. Clara is twenty-two; she studies in Milan and is about to become a lawyer. From the outside, everything is exactly as it is supposed to be, but Clara is unhappy. She finds Milan depressing, she hates law school and, anywhere she goes, she feels “like a fish out of water.” Embracing her parents’ values has trapped her in a life she neither likes nor understands. Her father is a famous surgeon and a reserved, pragmatic man whom she fears; her mother is a well-connected, flamboyant socialite used to supervising and influencing Clara’s every move; her roommates are often a source of trouble and, her grandma, who lives upstairs in the family’s home, is Clara’s only confidant. In Urbino, she meets Leonardo, a young doctor who lives in Rome, and from their first handshake, her destiny is changed forever. Their immediate mental connection crumbles the rules of her black-and-white world and their powerful physical passion shows her the many colors of life. But this is only the beginning.

Urbino, Unexpectedly (Maria Chiara Marsciani)
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Clara’s newfound confidence, her decision to quit law school, and her intention to marry Leonardo trigger unforeseen conflicts and bring to the surface deep-rooted jealousy that force her to redefine not only the relationships with her parents, but also the meaning of true friendship. Clara is faced with the dilemma of having to choose between her own happiness and the peace of mind of the people around her. She has to understand if spreading her wings and living life her own way it is more important than the reassuring feeling of being a ‘good girl’ who always behaves.

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Clara's journey is one that many women can relate to. Living your life the way that would please your parents and believing it's what you want but realizing its not at all the life you want! Claras an adult who is still treated like a immature child, her mother is overbearing and very conceded. She meets Leonardo and falls in love and he helps her in her road to self discovery. It's a hard road when her mother wont give up trying to stay in control of her daughters life but this story is great, touching, romantic and I recommend to all! " - Melissa E.

- "Well written novel by an Italian author that describes with knowledge the Italian upper-middle class mentality, and the impact that this has in peoples life and outlook. It reminded me that freedom is sometimes limited by circumstances and that only the strong and lucky ones are able to (re)discover themselves and pursue their dreams. With that also comes a beautiful love story.[...]" - Tiziana (Amazon)

- "[...] As we observe Clara's story unfolding, we are treated to rich and vivid descriptions of beautiful settings in Italy. We are drawn into the setting and Clara's journey, and it becomes easy to root for this heroine as she both reveals her human weaknesses and strives to create a transformation to an authentic adult life." - Denise (Amazon)

About the Author

Author Maria Chiara Marsciani
Author Maria Chiara Marsciani
Maria Chiara Marsciani was born in Rimini, Italy (the same town where the movie director Federico Fellini was born).

For Maria, writing has always been a passion and a need. The day she started writing, it was the day when she learned how to hold the pen in her hand, but life distracted her from writing and, for many years, the only one allowed to know about her many stories and many thoughts were the piles of handwritten pages kept hidden in her closet.

The decision to come out of her shell and finally publish her first novel came two years ago after being diagnosed with a tumor of the parotid gland that made her realize that life is now.

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Urbino, Unexpectedly (Maria Chiara Marsciani)