The Madonna of Pisano – Book 1 of The Italian Chronicles Trilogy
A young, 19th-century Sicilian woman, Maria Landro, has a bright future ahead of her. Engaged to be married to her childhood sweetheart, Carlo Mancini, Maria is suddenly blindsided by her pastor and former teacher, Don Franco Malbone, a ruthless cleric bent on fulfilling his own selfish ambitions. When he brutally turns her world upside down by raping her, resulting in the conception and birth of their illegitimate son Nico, Maria faces the cruel double standard of a village whose code of honor reviles her and her innocent child and forces them into seclusion while allowing Don Franco to continue in his hypocrisy.
In the depths of her profound suffering, Maria comes face to face with demons she never knew existed within her, demons she does not know how to handle. When, however, she meets Luca Tonetta, she discovers the courage to face her demons by embracing the truth that demons must bow to the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
Meanwhile, Don Franco secretly wrestles with demons of his own. An only son forced into the priesthood by a demanding father, Don Franco sees the priesthood as nothing more than a means to be the somebody he’s always wanted to be. When his sin nature emerges in full force, revealing his utter depravity and sending him reeling toward destruction, he must make the choice every human being must make: Will he choose his own way or God’s way?
About MaryAnn Diorio (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Author)
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is a widely published, award-winning author of fiction for both adults and children. Her latest novel, In Black and White, won First Place in Historical Fiction in the 2020 Christian Indie Book Awards Contest. Her novella, A Christmas Homecoming, won the Silver Medal for Fiction in the 2015 Illumination Book Awards Contest. Her children's picture book, The Dandelion Patch, won the 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Juvenile Fiction, and her first picture book, Who is Jesus? won a National Indie Excellence Award in the 2014 NIEA Contest.
MaryAnn holds a Ph.D. in French with a concentration in Comparative Literature from the University of Kansas and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. A former university professor, she now writes full-time.
MaryAnn has been married to her wonderful husband Dom, a retired ER physician, for 50 years. They have two amazing adult daughters, a very smart son-in-law, and six rambunctious grandchildren. When not writing, MaryAnn loves to paint, play the piano, and make up silly songs with her grandchildren. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.