A Veil of Vines by Tillie Cole
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 29
To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.
But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.
For some, they are real life.
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all.
I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.
I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all.
The Savonas still hold power where it counts most.
In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more.
And I am soon to become one of them.
I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife…
… or at least I was, until I met Achille.
And everything changed.
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As my papa’s G5 began its descent, I looked out of the window beside me and waited for the plane to break through the clouds. I held my breath, body tense, then suddenly the burnt-orange remnants of daylight flooded the plane, bathing the interior with a soft, golden glow. I inhaled deeply. Italia.
Fields and fields of green and yellow created a patchwork quilt below, rolling hills and crystal-blue lakes stretching as far the eye could see. I smiled as a sense of warmth ran through me.
It was the most beautiful place on earth.
Sitting back in my wide cream leather chair, I closed my eyes and tried to prepare myself for what was coming. I was flying to Florence airport, from where I would be swiftly taken to the Palazzo Savona estate just outside of the city.
I would meet Prince Zeno.
I had met him twice before—once when I was four, of which I had no memory, and again when I was ten. The interaction we’d had as children had been brief. If I was being honest, I had found Zeno to be arrogant and rude. He had been thirteen at the time and not at all interested in meeting a ten-year-old girl from America.
Neither of us had known at the time that that our betrothal had been agreed upon two years prior. It turned out that the trip my papa had taken to Umbria when I was eight was to secure a forever-bond between the Savonas and the Acardis. King Santo and my father had planned for their only children to marry. They were already joined in business; Zeno’s arranged marriage to me would also strengthen both families’ place in society.
I thought back on my New York farewell of nine hours ago and sighed. My parents had driven me to the private hangar and said their goodbyes. My mama cried—her only child was leaving her for a new life. My papa, although sad to see me go, beamed at me with the utmost pride. He had held me close and whispered, “I have never been more proud of you than I am right now, Caresa. Savona Wines’ stock has plummeted since Santo’s death. This union will reassure all the shareholders that our business is still strong. That we are still a stable company with Zeno at the helm.”
I had given him a tight smile and boarded the plane with a promise that they would see me before the wedding. And that had been that.
I was to marry Zeno, and I hadn’t protested even once. I imagined to most modern-day women living in New York, the process of arranged marriages sounded positively medieval, even barbaric. For a blue blood, it was simply a part of life.
King Santo Savona died two months ago. The shareholders of his many Italian vineyards, the stakeholders in Savona Wines, had expected his son, Zeno, to immediately step up and take charge. Instead, Zeno had plunged himself into the party scene even harder than before—and that was quite a feat. Within weeks my papa had flown out to Umbria to see what could be done.
The answer: our imminent union.
My Rating: 5 stars
What a beautiful book. Omg. What an absolute gorgeous story. I simply could not help but fall in love with it. This is my first Tillie Cole book. Shocking, right?I was just blown away by the story. I mean, this book screamed love and heart. I just could not help but be swept with the story and live in the moment because this book completely had me spellbound. I was completely and utterly amazed by A Veil of Vines as a whole. It was just perfect.
A Veil Of Vines is a modern fairy tale of royalty, nobility, heart, pain, destiny and true love set in the beautiful wine lands of Italy. It was such a beautifully written story full of emotions and intensity that truly and irrevocably touched my heart, body, mind and soul. The story itself was so unique and different that I was just blown away. It is one of those stories that screamed originality and perfection. i was so engaged with the story. Tillie Cole knows how to write a book. Her descriptions were so vivid that it felt that I was in the story itself feeling the emotions and actions. I was definitely moved to the story. Oh yes. I was emotionally wrecked by mot parts that they trully touched me to the depths of soul. Tillie Cole definitely gave a piece of literature that had so much purpose. I commend her for that. Plus her sex scenes were so sensual and full of passion and love that wow, I thought my kindle will burst into flames.
A Veil of Vine introduces to facts about on philosophical and deeper level of soulmates that the characters to me were the real deal even thought it i fiction. We were introduced to Caresa and Achille, two different people from different worlds who destined to be. I love them as a couple. They had that raw chemistry that made an amazing couple to read. Caresa was a strong heroine and also vulnerable. There was a balance to her that made her so likable. Achille, oh Achille, I loved him. I loved him that he was genuine and authentic. You do not be cocky or dominant but just loving and caring. And Achille definitely nailed that. Italians always do it best lol.
A Veil of Vine was a story that really touched me to the core. I loved it. I will definitely be reading more books from Tillie Cole. I am definitely a fan
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About Tillie Cole
Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.
Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.
Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.
When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.