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By Christopher Castellani

It really is 1943, and Santa Cecilia has turn into a village of girls. the entire younger males are away at conflict, apart from Vito Leone, his ally, and the shopkeeper's son. whilst Vito falls in love with Maddalena Picinelli, the shy and gorgeous daughter of the town's strongest kinfolk, a couple of stumbling blocks seem in his course. Maddalena's sassy, iron-willed sister Carolina thinks he is a penniless idiot. Her mom and dad imagine his loopy mom has grew to become him right into a mammoni, a mama's boy. yet Maddalena sees one other part of Vito. he is romantic. He builds a bicycle for the ladies to trip. he's taking care of his feeble mama, who hasn't been an identical when you consider that her husband and daughters ran off to the United States. And Vito is decided to win Maddalena's hand even if she has 3 older sisters who has to be married off first. while the Italians quit to the Allies and German infantrymen invade Santa Cecilia, all people flees yet Vito and his mom. With ingenuity and boundless devotion, Vito comes up with a plan to turn out that he is an appropriate suitor. The Picinelli kin returns domestic after the conflict to discover that a few surprising alterations have taken position. Now, just one guy stands in Vito's method, and Maddalena is pressured to choose from her family's needs and her personal middle. within the spirit of Corelli's Mandolin and Chocolat, A KISS FROM MADDALENA is a charming novel that celebrates the great thing about lifestyles and the passions of minor.

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It’s not a crime to talk to a beautiful girl, to make sure she’s comfortable. ” Buccio just rubbed his chin. “Maybe you should ask Claudio about it,” said Carolina. “Or my father. ” Ada said. ” “For him more than us,” Carolina said. “I can make my own bike. ” “Disgraziata,” he said, under his breath. ” said Carolina. She stepped closer, pulling Maddalena along. ” Her feet stirred up dust, which hung in the air like fog. Buccio slapped Vito’s thigh. Vito shifted his gaze from Carolina’s and searched Maddalena’s face, the first time he’d looked directly at her since they separated.

They stood face to face for what felt like a long time, though it was only a few moments. “Let me help you,” he said, and pulled from his pocket the handkerchief she’d lost on the way. He spit into it, then took both of Maddalena’s dusty hands in his. He rubbed her fingers with the cloth and wiped away the dirt. She was breathing hard. Carolina and the others were al- • 50 • a kiss from maddalena most upon them now, though they couldn’t see him touching her. Maddalena felt the texture of Vito’s hands through the fabric.

Too soon she came upon the crowd, who’d formed their usual pack in the middle of the road. She was supposed to turn now —Svelta! Svelta! — into the patch of grass to their left and let Ada have her second turn of the day, but at that moment Maddalena decided she couldn’t let this ride end so quickly. She’d waited too long. She kept the wheels pointed straight ahead. “Turn, Madda-le! ” the girls yelled. ” as she glided directly at them, then parted their bodies into two staggering lines. ” Ada called after her.

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