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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dreaming Sophia by Melissa Muldoon Book Tour, Book Review and Giveaway

Book Description:

Sophia is a magical look into Italy, language, art, and culture. It is a
story about turning dreams into reality and learning to walk the fine
line between fact and fantasy. When tragedy strikes, Sophia finds
herself alone in the world, without direction and fearful of loving
again. With only her vivid imagination to guide her, she begins a
journey that will take her from the vineyards in Sonoma, California to a
grad school in Philadelphia and, eventually, to Italy: Florence, Lucca,
Rome, Verona, Venice, and Val d’Orcia.

Through dreamlike encounters, Sophia meets Italian
personalities—princes, poets, duchesses, artists, and film stars— who
give her advice to help put her life back together. Following a path
that takes her from grief to joy, she discovers the source of her
creativity and learns to love again, turning her dreams into reality.

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Author's Bio:

Muldoon is the Studentessa Matta-the crazy linguist! In Italian,
"matta" means "crazy" or "impassioned". Melissa has a B.A. in fine arts,
art history and European history from Knox College, a liberal arts
college in Galesburg, Illinois, as well as a master's degree in art
history from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has
also studied painting and art history in Florence.

Melissa promotes the study of Italian language and culture through her dual-language blog, Studentessa Matta (studentessamatta.com).
Melissa began the Matta blog to improve her command of the language and
to connect with other language learners. It has since grown to include a
podcast, "Tutti Matti per l'Italiano" and the Studentessa Matta YouTube
channel. Melissa also created Matta Italian Language Immersion Tours,
which she co-leads with Italian partners in Italy.

Sophia is Melissa's first novel. It is a fanciful look at art history
and Italian language and culture, but it is also the culmination of
personal stories and insights resulting from her experiences living in
Italy, as well as her involvement and familiarity with the Italian
language, painting, and art history.

a student, Melissa lived in Florence with an Italian family. She
studied art history and painting and took beginner Italian classes. When
she returned home, she threw away her Italian dictionary, assuming
she'd never need it again but after launching a successful design career
and starting a family, she realized something was missing in her life.
That "thing" was the connection she had made with Italy and the friends
who live there. Living in Florence was indeed a life-changing event!
Wanting to reconnect with Italy, she decided to start learning the
language again from scratch. As if indeed possessed by an Italian muse,
she bought a new Italian dictionary and began her journey to fluency-a
path that has led her back to Italy many times and enriched her life in
countless ways.
many dictionaries and grammar books later, she dedicates her time to
promoting Italian language studies, further travels in Italy, and
sharing her stories and insights about Italy with others. When Melissa
is not traveling in Italy, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She
is married and has three boys and two beagles.

designed and illustrated the cover art for Dreaming Sophia. She also
designed the Dreaming Sophia website and created the character
illustrations that can be found in the book and on the Dreaming Sophia

Connect with the Author:  
Website  ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Youtube ~ Pinterest

My review;

"Dreaming Sophia" by author Melissa Muldoon is a wonderful treat. It is the kind of book that you will want to read slowly so that you will enjoy it all and not miss anything. I have always been interested in Italy and how it felt to actually be there. In the beginning there is a huge, horrible tragedy to endure but, this book is full of dreams and ideas, and ways taken to overcome such a tragedy. All I can say is "Wow!" This book is a must for anyone who loves Italy , and who loves Sophia. I am so glad that I was able to read this story. I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for  a review and all opinions are mine.
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  1. I would love to win this book for my sister.

  2. I like the cover and want the totebag!

  3. Why do I want to win? Well why would I not want to win!! The book looks fabulous, and I love the cover, and the blurb. I love being able to excape to another place, and enjoy a good read. I really love a print book too!! Thank you so much, would so love it.

  4. Dreaming Sophia sounds like a great book to give myself a little vacation ;) The tote bag looks awesome too ;) It's always nice to check out a new author for me and it looks like I will enjoy it!