Twins Paolo and Carlo Cavaleri are inseparable and share everything as they’ve done for their entire lives. When tragedy strikes, the other must continue alone. Carlo buries himself in his work as a wine broker, his grief submerging the other facets of his life. Then the Fates intervene, setting the stage for the twins to share one last adventure. Carlo wakes up in the middle of a Roman battlefield with Paolo as his comrade in arms. As rational man, Carlo knows it’s only a dream, but it teaches him one of life’s basic truths. As long he keeps Paolo alive in his memories, they will both fulfill their destinies. Not even the antagonism between Carlo and Andiana Allegretti, the daughter of the mysterious owner of an abandoned vineyard near his parent’s winery, can dim the experience. Will Carlo’s destiny include Andiana...or must he find another path? A bronze and silver Roman phalera may hold the answer.
Robbi Perna has a very solid writing style that helped to expose the characters in different ways. I felt as though I was allowed to get to know all of them on a more personal level, which let them endear themselves to me. The descriptions are great, and Perna has an eye for the details of sights, sounds, tastes, and smells that just let you sink into the story like a warm bath. There was romance here, but it was an undertone. The main focus really was sibling bonds and brotherly love and I think we can all get behind that.
Award winner and multi-published author Robbi Perna started penning romantic fiction as a respite from her career as a military analyst specializing in strategic communications. Her historical romance, "My Heart Still Surrenders," won first place in the Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Award Competition in its category. A year later, "The Roman Phalera, The Vines of Bordessi - Book One" received the award. Robbi grew up in a strong Italian-American family background in Colorado where she spent the first half of her life. She later relocated to northern Virginia where she built a successful career as a defense consultant. As the only girl, she gained unique insights on the Italian male psyche over the years. Her stories often reflect her heritage and the traits many Italian men and women exhibit, a facet of her stories that appeals to readers. In a recent review, one reader remarked, "I enjoyed how she developed the characters while introducing interesting information about Italy." Robbi brings a diverse perspective to her stories. Her degrees in the Art History of Augustan Rome and a professional background in business, strategic planning and communications, and military analysis provide a wealth of inspiration and bring her writing full circle. At a reunion, a classmate approached her and remarked, "I remember two things about you. You always wanted horses and you were always writing stories." Robbi happily confirmed she had owned Arabian horses for a number of years before moving from Colorado and she still wrote stories. Robbi's genre fiction encompasses romance, the paranormal, history, adventure, and women's literature. She is the author of thirty-one published credits that include novels, short stories, articles, essays, and editorials. Robbi’s books are all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers. When not hard at work developing plots and writing her stories, Robbi speaks to groups about the writing skills a successful author must develop. She presented a guest lecture to an English as Second Language class at a Maryland college about the importance reading plays in the development of English speaking and writing skills. Robbi resides in the wine country of northern Virginia. Her goal is to live up to one reviewer's comments, "When you find a writer who can tell a wonderful story that captures your heart and can tell it superbly, well you simply have a great find. Robbi Perna's stories fit the bill to a T!"