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A Veil of Vines by [Cole, Tillie]
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To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.
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.


*Standalone Contemporary Romance

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1238 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Tillie Cole Ltd. (27 November 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NBD7Z8S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,232 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Such a beautiful, heart fulfilling story, these Characters will forever hold a special place in my heart. Thank you, Tillie, for bring such amazing characters to life.
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Tillie Cole has given us some of the darkest, most tormented souls. She has given us gut-wrenching anguish: heartache that lives on in us long after we've read the final page. But in A VEIL OF VINES she has more than sated our craving for romance with a story that offers up beauty, tranquility and serenity. The setting, the delicately layered characters, the threads of history and connection to nature all make this a book I'll think back on fondly, and often. No heartache this time though. Just blissful contentment.
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Tillie has done it again... I was nervous at first. TC is my fave author, I adore her, her dark books are amazing and a thousand boy kisses was absolutely soul destroying, so I didn't know if TC could do fluffy.

Well... she can and she did it bloody well. This story is beyond beautiful, words can't describe how much I fell in love with Achille and Caresa. If you are new to Tillie Cole and are nervous to read her darker books this is the perfect place to start.
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By Chanelle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 November 2016
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Tillie Cole delivers an enthralling story of forbidden love, set in the stunning countryside of Italy. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and it did not disappoint in any way. I was wholeheartedly invested in both devouring and savouring every page.

Growing up as part of Italian royalty, Caresa is well aware of their unyielding traditions and what is expected of her. Arranged marriages may seem ludicrous in this day and age, but she has known about her arranged marriage to prince Zeno for a long time, and is prepared to do her duty. But things start to get a little more complicated when she discovers Achille amongst the vines of the beautiful vineyards at her new home, Bella Collina Estate.

“We are made of the same soul but not of the same life.”

Achille just oozed vulnerability from the moment I met him, I found him very endearing. But he also had this quiet strength about him, too. A fascinating character that touched my heart many times during this book. Caresa's strength, loyalty and kind heart was apparent from the very start, and only becomes more evident throughout the story. I simply adored both of these characters and their love for one another.

“Cinderella could keep the jewels, the carriage and the prince. I wanted the vineyard, the faded jeans and the golden touch of a beautiful winemaker.”

What really made this book stand out for me was the breathtaking Bella Collina Estate. The authors descriptions planting vibrant and beautiful images right in the forefront of my mind. That imagery adds something really magical to this story. The writing style was expressive yet graceful. The pace steady with assistance from the dual character perspectives. I was enraptured by it all.
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Ms Cole never ceases to amaze me with her talented and versatile writing. Her latest offering takes on the semblance of a fairytale conjuring up sublimely picturesque images. Not only did the beautifully described scenery take my breath away, but having had the pleasure of savouring Italy’s wine and its delicacies was like revisiting the regions of Umbria and Tuscany once again. I consider myself to be quite a knowledgeable wine drinker, so therefore you can imagine my surprise while reading the author’s detailed account of the traditional wine-making process which I might add, is extremely well told.

That being said, House of Savona where the protagonists’ make-believe story of aristocratic grandeur is narrated in modern day is just perhaps, not so inconsequential as we think. One has to live up to their titles and personal choices regarding future spouses are few and far between. Accepting her destiny, Caresa Acardi leaves her loved ones behind and starts her new life. For someone who’s used to having everything, I was delighted to see that there’s much more to her than what I’d had originally thought at the beginning of the story. Her love for the countryside and her outgoing personality bowled me over. She’s honest, curious and well aware that her place in such a tight-knit society is not up for discussion. Ah, but what meets the eye and what one wants to see is completely different. Rules of the heart are indisputably unquestionable!

"There is no need for false modesties, Caresa. I'm very much of the opinion that we should always say exactly what we think. In private, of course. We both have reputations to protect."

My first impression of Prince Zeno wasn't at all positive.
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I've read all of Tillie Cole's books and find she always manages to create something different every time even though she tends to write using a raw, but lyical tone most of the time. However, A Veil of Vines is a touch more romantic, heavy on imagery and it presents readers with a modern fairytale feel. It's just beautiful, captivating and a magical page-turner.
In true Tillie fashion the book is well-written, the plot is tight and the rich characters are well-developed. The pacing is fast, the dialogue is excellent and Tillie's reflections are interesting, deep and thought provoking.
The storybook Italian setting in Umbria conjures up pictures from your childhood imaginings - picturesque cottage, rambling gardens, vivid colour, vineyards and sunny days. The conflict is, who we love and the three main characters are: Zeno, Caresa and Achille. The story unfolds with elements of tradition, duty, responsibilities and sacrifice versus freedom, love, hope and dreams. The story continues to twist, reveal and alter the predicted life courses of everyone in the narrative.
Although brought up in the US, Caresa is actually an Italian Duchess and as such, she must abide by the rules of her kind, including agreeing to an arranged marriage to the king-in-waiting of Savona, a well known womaniser. Enter the unexpected game changer, Achille, who Caresa falls madly and deeply in love with. He is a handsome and passionate man who lives life simply and freely.
I highly recommend this book to readers who love this genre or those who are fans of Tillie's work.
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