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Review by Suze
It's 1949 and Nicky Castone works as a cab driver for the family company. He's an orphan and his uncle Dominic Palazzini has taken him in. Nicky is engaged to Peachy, but after seven years he still hasn't agreed to set a date for the wedding. Nicky secretly spends his evenings in Calla's Shakespeare theater, where he does all kinds of different jobs behind the scenes. When he gets the chance to act, because there is nobody else, he finally finds his passion. He continues following it, but after a disastrous job Nicky has to make some tough choices. Will he stay and work for his family or will he go away and follow his heart?
Dominic and Mike are brothers. They've been fighting over an inheritance for many years. They split up the family company and their feud has kept their once so close families apart. Will they ever been able to mend fences and realize that family is more important than property or money?
Calla wants to continue her father's legacy. He started the Shakespeare theater she's working so hard for. The plays are her pride and joy and she loves directing them. However, just like her father Calla isn't good with money. The theater's proceeds are meager and she doesn't know how to make her business profitable. She pays her actors and tries to cut back on everything else, but will it be enough to keep her beloved business going? Is there room for love in her life when so much is at stake?
Kiss Carlo is a beautiful story about family, friendships, love and dreams. It has a lot of fabulous main characters. Adriana Trigiani has made them all multidimensional and equally interesting, which is something I really enjoyed about her book. Nicky has to find his passion, Calla has found hers, but needs to find love and Dominic and Mike need to find peace. Kiss Carlo has a large number of characters, so there are many more beautifully described personalities, which I found a real treat, and they all have a special place in my heart.
Adriana Trigiani writes about people from different generations and each of them has their own story and background. I love reading about families and Kiss Carlo is a fantastic story. It's dynamic, entertaining, unpredictable and original. I fell in love with this book from the first page. I love it when a book is so good that the characters will stay with me for a very long time. Nicky and his family and friends definitely fall into this category and I highly recommend their brilliant stories. Kiss Carlo is a complex novel filled with wisdom, life experience, aspirations and reality. I truly enjoyed reading this wonderful book, it's a real treasure.
If you love complex family stories with plenty of original twists and turns and interesting main characters Kiss Carlo will be an excellent choice.