Hello, all! I just finished reading In America, the final installment of the Wayfarer Trilogy, by Nina Romano, so here’s my review.
This coming-of-age story introduces the beautiful Marcella Scimenti. She’s headstrong, outspoken, and knows what she wants. Oftentimes, she can be stubborn and drive her parents crazy. She has the affection of a neighborhood boy and friend, Gianni Simoni, including the love of her large Italian family in 1920s Brooklyn. Marcella also is a singer who aspires to one day have a singing career in Hollywood; however, a career in the performing arts is frowned upon by her parents. Regardless of what anyone says, Marcella is determined to pursue her goals.
Throughout her journey, Marcella learns to balance new friendships, new suitors, and her life in the working world with certain expectations of her tradition-bound family, all the while having to accept changes during the economic depression. Just when she thinks things are starting to look up for her, Marcella learns of a devastating family secret, putting her to a test of loyalty, faith, and love. But can Marcella swallow her pride and see what’s been in front of her the whole time?
I’m happy to have had the opportunity to read this book. I’d recently read Lemon Blossoms, which is the second book in the trilogy. The first book is The Secret Language of Women. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to read that one (I couldn’t find it at my library). Although the first two books should give you an idea of the stories and characters, I don’t think you’d have to read them in order. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the stories. It makes me want to see Italy, someday, as well as New York. There also were particular Italian foods mentioned in the books, which sounded so tempting. Aside from that, the characters were likable and the stories were beautiful, providing some advice to think about, in my opinion.
Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!
In America will be on sale July 19, 2016.
*I received this copy from Turner Publishing, in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: Nina Romano earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from FIU. She’sa world traveler and lover of history. She lived in Rome, Italy, for 20 years, and is fluent in Italian and Spanish. She authored a short story collection, The Other Side of the Gates, and has published five poetry collections and two poetry chapbooks. Her most recent collection is Westward: Guided by Starfalls and Moonbows. Romano has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. For more info, click here.