Dear Reader,Being married to an Italian, I take a special delight in writing about Italian men—the most fascinating andendearing men on earth. I’ve enjoyed telling the storiesof the three Martelli brothers. Although linked by kinship, they are all different. Renato,the eldest, is head of the family, a man of confidence andpower. Bernardo is aloof, a loner. Lorenzo, the youngest,is a merry charmer. Lovable and thoughtless, he has muchto learn, but the right woman can teach him. And then there is Sicily, their home, one of the most beautiful places on earth, where people’s true passionsrise to the surface, giving them the courage to follow their hearts.
Bride by Choice
is about Lorenzo, who intended to stay fancy-free—until he met Helen, daughter of a New York Sicilian family. She was determined never to marry aSicilian—until Lorenzo won her heart. He taught her that love could conquer prejudice, and when she broke hisheart he became a stronger man, ready to endure anything to win the woman he loved. With best wishes,