Secrets of Bella Terra : Bella Terra

  • by Christina Dodd
  • Narrated by Carol Monda
  • Series: Bella Terra
  • 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Golden Heart and RITA Award winner, Christina Dodd consistently pleases fans with exciting tales peppered with steamy romance. Inspired by her travels through California’s Sonoma wine country, Dodd’s Secrets of Bella Terra begins a captivating drama starring the Di Luca family. Following an attack on 80-year-old Nonna Di Luca, her three grandsons vow to bring the man to justice. But as they investigate, they discover clues to a deeply hidden family secret.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Guess I'm not a fan of mediocre romances

What disappointed you about Secrets of Bella Terra?

Story was unintentionally silly

What could Christina Dodd have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carol Monda?

Someone who can carry off accents or didn't try to make the male role swarthy.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really

Any additional comments?

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- drb

seesaws between mediocre stabs at two genres

This book can't decide whether it wants to be a romance novel or a crime mystery. It veers between the two, at times interspersing them to irritating effect (while interrogating a possible witness, our heroine keeps wondering if her ex boyfriend is attracted to her). The romance portion of the novel was more hilarious than arousing - the first sex scene referred to the man as a warrior several times, and of course the woman can have multiple orgasms per paragraph. The crime portion is more interesting, but unfortunately suffers from some lack of focus and consistency. For example, one victim says to the investigator how she needs to tell him something, then he gets distracted by his attractive ex and just lets the situation go for more than half the book. Meanwhile, the characters keep going on about what a good security expert he is.

The characters are interesting, and the narrator makes a valiant effort to differentiate their voices. It's not a bad diversion for a few hours. It's not really a great one, either.
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- Cynbee "former nuclear scientist"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-27-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books