Dreaming Sophia by Melissa Muldoon is out now.
Dreaming Sophia is the winner of the Reader Views 2017 Best Book Award. Reader Views writes: “Author Melissa Muldoon presents spellbinding artistic expression in her delightful story, Dreaming Sophia. Not your typical Italian romantic adventure, a remarkable multifaceted story pushes through several genres. The development of her characters is flawless, effortless ability to draw readers into her world.”
Melissa is an author, artist, and Italian language blogger — who fell in love with Italy while studying painting and art history in Florence when she was a student. Melissa writes: I would never have imagined when I first stepped foot on Italian soil to study art and art history in Florence how it would change me so thoroughly, opening me up personally and leading to a writing career. But, by embracing this fantastic Italian concept of “lasciare andare,” I relaxed and didn’t fight it. I gave in to something for the joy of it, and now it continues to sweep me away and take me places I never thought I’d go! I hope you, too, will join me on my journey and lasciare andare — let yourselves go and come away with me on an armchair trip to Italy. If you do, you will get a glimpse of all the innumerable things – the sights, sounds, tastes, the art, and the legends and anecdotes — that make Italy unique to me!
Are you ready to escape to Italy? A reader of Dreaming Sophia writes: ‘I fell in love with Dreaming Sophia! You will feel as though you are with her on the streets of Florence, in the coffee shops, and in her art studio. We watch her grow as an individual and as a woman, and the transformation is wonderful. I wished the story would never have ended because I just couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Dreaming Sophia is a beautiful story of hope, faith, trust, and a love of all things Italian. A truly remarkable novel to treasure over and over again.’
Melissa Muldoon is the author of four novels set in Italy: Dreaming Sophia, Waking Isabella, and Eternally Artemisia, and The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola (coming Fall 2020). All four books are available on Amazon in print, Epub, and Audio. They tell the stories of women and their journeys of self-discovery to find love, uncover hidden truths, and follow their destinies to shape a better future for themselves. As a student, Melissa lived in Florence with an Italian family.
She studied art history and painting and took beginner Italian classes. When Melissa returned home, she threw away her Italian dictionary. However, after launching a successful design career and starting a family, she realized something was missing. 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. Now, many dictionaries and grammar books later, she dedicates her time to promoting Italian language studies, traveling, and sharing her stories and insights about Italy in novels set in Italy.
Note: information and photos were provided by author.