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The Walls of Lucca
by Steve Physioc
Publication Date: March 26, 2018
eBook & Paperback; 509 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Winner of the 2019 Reader Views Historical Fiction Award
Winner of the 2019 Tyler R. Tichelaar Award for Best Historical Fiction
When Franco, a weary Italian soldier who’s seen some of the worst of World War I, stumbles onto the Martellino vineyard, he’s looking for work — not love. But he finds that and much more with Isabella, the feisty young woman who works there.
Franco pours himself into the vineyard, trying to create a wine that will save it from financial ruin and rescue him from his dark memories of war. But it’s not easy when Mussolini’s evil shadow continues to loom over all of Italy. It’s even harder when Susanna, the vineyard’s matriarch, invites that shadow to the vineyard with her involvement in Fascist politics — and one very sinister political operative.
Influenced by the teachings of A Course In Miracles, The Walls of Lucca is historical fiction that shows readers the power of love and forgiveness in the face of evil. Compelling, colorful characters populate an authentic, inspiring story of friendship, faith, love and loss in a tumultuous time in European history.
Praise for The Walls of Lucca
“An absorbing, well-researched saga.” — Kirkus Reviews
“The Walls of Lucca is a tender, suspenseful and touching story sure to please fans of romance, political stories, and historical novels.” — BlueInk Review
“Author Steve Physioc has really managed to find the perfect balance of romance and real life.” – Readers’ Favorite
Above the Walls
by Steve Physioc
Publication Date: February 1, 2019
eBook & Paperback; 484 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
For eight years, the Fascist politician Alfredo Obizzi has kept quiet about his affair with Susanna Martellino, the matriarch of the Martellino vineyard. Now in 1938 Italy, Obizzi uses his growing political power to seek revenge on his past enemies, and Susanna and the vineyard’s spiritual sage, Isabella, are at the top of his list. Will faith and forgiveness be enough to lead the vineyard and its inhabitants through the bloodshed and heartbreak of World War II and Obizzi’s vengeance?
Meanwhile, the vineyard’s next generation, DeAngelo and Lily, have been best friends since they were born. But now — is it more? The star-crossed lovers must push through war, distance and outside forces to find out.
Praise for Above the Walls
“Once again, Physioc brings wartime Italy to vibrant life…Convincing historical fiction with a spiritual slant.” – Kirkus Reviews
“It was a delight to step back into the Martellino vineyard and to author Steve Physioc’s unique blend of romantic drama and harrowingly austere pre-war conditions.” – Readers Favorite
“To write I am astounded by Above the Walls is an understatement; this captivating book captured me and held me prisoner until the very end.” – Red Headed Book Lover blog
About the Author
As an Emmy-winning radio and TV broadcaster for football, baseball and basketball, Steve Physioc has been telling stories for 40 years. After a trip to Italy with his wife, Stace, he was inspired to tell a different kind of story — his novels, The Walls of Lucca and Above the Walls. He and Stace live in Kansas City and love to visit and spend time with their children, Ryan and Kevin, and three grandchildren.
Blog Tour Schedule
Sunday, October 6
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books (The Walls of Lucca)
Tuesday, October 8
Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads
Thursday, October 10
Review at The Book Reader
Friday, October 11
Feature at Maiden of the Pages
Sunday, October 13
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books (Above the Walls)
Tuesday, October 15
Interview at Passages to the Past
Thursday, October 17
Review at Coffee and Ink
Saturday, October 19
Review at Just Another Reader (The Walls of Lucca)
Monday, October 21
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews
Wednesday, October 23
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots
During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of The Walls of Lucca and Above the Walls! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.
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