05/01 • La Dolce Lettura • Book Club at Casa Belvedere


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La Dolce Lettura Book Club at Casa Belvedere
Wednesday, May 1 from 7 to 9 pm in The Galleria

Introducing Casa Belvedere’s new “Sweet Reading” book club! The first book will be “Loyalty” by Lisa Scottoline. Read the book and gather for a discussion led by AnnMarie Cicero (biography below). “Loyalty” is available at New York Public Library, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and other retailers.

Light refreshments to be served. Drinks and concessions will be available for purchase.

About the book “Loyalty”

Best-selling author Lisa Scottoline delivers Loyalty, an emotional, action-packed epic of love and justice, set during the rise of the Mafia in Sicily. Loyalty can save a soul or destroy one.

Franco Fiorvanti is a handsome lemon grower toiling on the estate of a baron. He dreams of owning his own grove, but the rigid class system of Sicily thwarts his ambition. Determined to secure a better future, Franco will do anything to prove his loyalty to the baron. But when the baron asks him to kidnap a little boy named Dante, Franco makes a decision that will change his life and the history of Sicily forever.

Gaetano Catalano is an idealistic young lawyer whose devotion to justice is tantamount to a calling. He’s a member of the Beati Paoli, a real-life secret society of aristocrats who investigate crime in Palermo, a city riddled with graft. Gaetano sets out to find the boy and punish the kidnapper, but his mission leads him to a darker place than he had ever imagined.

Meanwhile, Mafalda Pancari is a new mother rejoicing at the birth of her daughter Lucia, when disaster strikes. And Alfredo D’Antonio is a goatherd living as a hermit, under constant threat of being discovered as a Jew.

This cast of unforgettable characters collides in this epic tale of good versus evil, as Loyalty twists and turns to its monumental showdown. Readers will be transported to the dramatic and ruggedly beautiful island of Sicily, the jewel of the Mediterranean, where lush lemon groves and mouth-watering cuisine contrast with a turbulent history of colonization and corruption. Scottoline brings her decades of thriller writing to historical fiction, creating in Loyalty a singular novel that no reader will be able to put down.

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About the presenter:

AnnMarie Cicero is a dynamic school program coordinator with a passion for literature and education. She is an avid reader with a deep appreciation for literature, known for her warmth, empathy, and infectious enthusiasm. With years of experience as a book club leader, she has cultivated a nurturing and inclusive environment where members can come together to discuss and explore a wide range of literary works. Her book clubs provide a platform for meaningful discussions, shared insights, and lasting friendships.

At the Garibaldi Meucci Museum, AnnMarie develops and implements educational programs, including the museum’s Young Inventors Competition that celebrates the memory of Italian inventor Antonio Meucci. From interactive exhibits to hands-on school programming, her creative approach to education ensures that students of all ages can explore and appreciate history in meaningful ways.

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