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Bridge of Sighs and Dreams by Pamela Allegretto

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

by Pamela Allegretto

458 pages
Two women clash in World War 2 Nazi-occupied Rome.

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About the Book
Nazi-occupied Rome sets the stage for Bridge of Sighs and Dreams, where the lives of two women collide in an arena of deception, greed, and sacrifice.

Following an allied attack, Angelina Rosini flees to Rome from her bombed-out village and a ruthless Nazi officer bent on revenge. In Rome, the spirited portrait artist channels her creativity into the art of survival for herself and her young daughter. Unwilling to merely endure, and armed with ingenuity, wit, and unyielding optimism, she enters the shadow world of the Resistance where she zigzags through a labyrinth of compassionate allies and cunning spies.

Meanwhile, Lidia Corsini, Angelina's sister-in-law, quenches her lust for power and wealth by turning in Jews to the ruthless Nazi Police attaché with whom she has formed an alliance. Her spiral into immorality accelerates as swiftly as the Jewish population dwindles, and soon neither her husband nor her son is immune to her madness.

Once Angelina discovers the consequences of Lidia’s greed, she conspires to put an end to the treacheries; but in doing so, she becomes the target of Lidia’s most sinister plot.

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams is a story of betrayal, dignity, and purpose that highlights the brutality toward Italian citizens, under both Mussolini’s Fascist regime and the Nazi occupation, and illustrates the tenacity of the human spirit.


“The writing is almost Hemingwayesque in its ability to visually imprint the individual scenes on the reader's mind.” 
- Wayne Hagstrom
"…A gift for sharp dialogue and briskly moving the story along. Full of intrigue, humanity, love, and war ... Page-turning story telling."
- Tom Soboleski
“Allegretto displays a true author's knack for painting a word-picture that puts the reader right there… An understanding of and ear for plot.”
- J.D.
“‘Fresco’ is a particularly apt term for this book… Allegretto transposes her pictorial ‘eye’ to the written page, creating a vast, detailed, and sensuous word-portrait."
- Laurette Long
“If you're a fan of historical fiction, vivid characterization, and/or just darn good writing, be sure to pick this one up!”
- Tempest Blake


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About the Author
Pamela Allegretto, educated at L’Università per Gli Stranieri in Florence, Italy, lives in Connecticut and divides her time between writing, painting, and translating. Her published work includes dual-language poetry books, translations in Italian literary journals, articles in local newspapers, CD covers, and cartoons. Her original art is collected worldwide.



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