Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tempesta's Dream by Chip LoCoco

Tour Hashtags: #TempestasDreamBlogTour
Publication Date: September 26, 2013
Cefalutana Press
Formats: eBook, Paperback

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Tempesta’s Dream is the story of an aspiring opera singer coming of age in Milan; a tender and moving love story; a testament to the bonds of friendship; and, at its core, a tribute to the beauty, majesty and miracle of opera.
Giovanni Tempesta always dreamed of becoming an opera tenor and one day singing from the stage of the La Scala Opera House in his hometown of Milan, Italy. But with no real training, his dream has little chance for fulfillment . . . One day, he meets and immediately falls in love with Isabella Monterone, a dark-haired beauty, whose father, a very rich and powerful Milanese Judge, refuses to allow his daughter to date a penniless musician . . . At the lowest part of his life, Giovanni comes upon the Casa di Riposo, a rest home for musicians established by the great opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi . . . It is at the Casa Verdi that Giovanni meets Alfredo del Monte, a blind, retired opera singer with a secretive past who gradually becomes his mentor . . . Could Alfredo be the one person who could assist Giovanni in finding the break he needs? Or is Giovanni destined to be on the cusp of reaching his life long dream, only to find failure? . . . Tempesta’s Dream, at its core, is an Italian opera love story. The author tells the story simply and swiftly with an ending that is both an emotional and poignant moment of both “amicizia e amore” (friendship and love.)
My Review
Four Stars
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Tours for an honest review
It's impossible not to feel the passion that Chip LoCoco has for the opera.  This passion is personified by Giovanni Tempesta.  I really enjoyed this beautiful novel.  It's hard to say that it's a novel about a man's passion for the opera only... It really is a man's journey to realizing his dreams despite many obstacles.  Giovanni was a beautiful human being. He was a man that loved the opera but put his dream on hold because he was helping his family and because he couldn't catch a break.  When he met Isabella it felt like it was similar to Romeo and Juliette. They were both held apart from each other because of Isabella's dad.  LoCoco is a beautiful writer. He was able to eloquently portray the passion of the opera through Giovanni's passion and dedication to becoming an opera singer.  His struggles made him even more endearing.  This was a beautiful and passionate story about fulfillment!  

Praise for Tempesta’s Dream

“The novel has enormous heart and a few times my eyes filled with tears. I was vividly involved with this young tenor, his dreams, and the wonderful old man who taught him. It is not an easy thing to convey the passion for song. However, the way the author did it, I could physically feel the young tenor singing and hear his voice.” -Stephanie Cowell, Author of Marrying Mozart
“The story holds charm and appeal. There is beauty in the depiction of the relationship between Giovanni and Isabella, as well as in the bond between Alfredo and the young tenor. Giovanni, Isabella and Alfredo will remain in ‘memoria mia’ for years to come.” -George Shirley, Tenor, University of Michigan Emeritus Professor of Music (Voice)
“Within a very moving story of romance and friendship, the author has created a realistic portrait of a young singer’s pursuit of an operatic career. This lovely tale allows one to acquire an understanding of and an affection for opera.” -Audrey Schuh Redmann, Soprano
“This novel is a thorough pleasure.” -Christina Vella, Author of Intimate Enemies, The Two Worlds of Baroness de Pontalba
“The story surprised me and involved me. The development of the book was very intriguing and moving.” -Cecilia Gobbi, founder of the Associazione Musicale Tito Gobbi, an organization devoted to preserving and celebrating the record of her famous baritone father’s contribution to opera
“What a story! Quite possibly, the best novel about opera I have ever read. The passion of opera pulsates throughout the entire novel. Highly recommended.” -John Gehl, Opera historian and the only American collaborator on The Oxford Concise Encyclopedia of Opera
“The author’s contagious love of opera and his faith in human decency sing through this loveable page-turner of a story.” -Susan Nicassio, Author of Tosca’s Rome
“An intelligent and entertaining lyrical journey . . . A rare, beautiful story with passion and opera pulsating through each page. LoCoco has woven a unique novel with exceptionally developed characters, realistic dialogue and a well-balanced narrative.” -Penn Book Review
“A Powerful novel . . . Tempesta’s Dream is all about the music, it’s all about the passion; and it’s all about pursuing one’s dream . . .a moving, engrossing story.” – D. Donovan, Ebook Reviewer, MidWest Book Review

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About the Author

Chip LoCoco was born and raised in New Orleans. He is an attorney, with an emphasis on estate planning. A lifelong lover of music, Chip’s passion for opera dates back many years now. He has seen operas all over the world at some of the greatest opera houses. Chip has been asked to give talks on opera as well as the Sicilian-American culture of New Orleans.
Chip’s second novel, Bellafortuna, has been named a Short List Finalist in the William Faulkner Writing Competition. A date for publication has not been set yet for his second novel.
Chip is married to his wife of 15 years, Wendy. They have two children, Matthew and Ellie and a beagle, named Scout. They reside in their beloved city of New Orleans, where if you try to find them on a Sunday in the Fall, they will be somewhere rooting on their Saints.
For more information please visit Chip LoCoco’s website. You can also connect with him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

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Tuesday, June 24
Excerpt & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, June 25
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Friday, June 27
Excerpt at The Maiden’s Court
Tuesday, July 1
Guest Post at Historical Fiction Connection
Thursday, July 3
Spotlight & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Monday, July 7
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Tuesday, July 8
Review at Book Nerd
Thursday, July 10
Guest Post at I’d Rather Be Reading
Friday, July 11
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Tuesday, July 15
Review at The True Book Addict
Wednesday, July 16
Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews
Friday, July 18
Review at Literary Chanteuse

Monday, July 21
Review & Giveaway at Luxury Reading

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