Today I am pleased to present another Indie Author release The Contessa’s Vendetta by Mirella Sichirollo Patzer.
About the Book: To be buried alive is everyone’s worst nightmare!
A deadly plague is killing thousands in 17th century Vicenza Italy. Contessa Mancini struggles to protect her family and servants, but despite her precautions, she is the one who falls prey to the deadly illness. Her body is tossed into a coffin and swiftly buried in the underground, dank confines of her family’s vault. But Contessa Mancini is not dead. No, she is very much alive. She awakens terrorized, trapped in dense darkness surrounded by the flimsy wood of the coffin they buried her in. Desperate, she claws and kicks until she escapes its stifling restraint, only to find herself trapped in the mausoleum with the decaying bodies of her ancestors. As she seeks to escape, she discovers a vast treasure of gold, silver, and gems secretly hidden in the vault by brigands, and the secret tunnel they used to hide it there.
Free at last, she returns home to her beloved husband, her best friend, and her darling daughter. But before she reveals herself to her loved ones, she learns of an endless series of lies, deceits, and betrayal. As she unravels the labyrinth of shocking treachery, her wrath breathes life to an overwhelming need for vengeance. Slowly, meticulously, she launches her diabolical vendetta.
The Contessa’s Vendetta is a retelling of the classic novel, Vendetta by Marie Corelli. Inspired by this epic story, the author weaves her own captivating tale in a new setting, a new century, and with new plot twists while remaining faithful to the key story elements.
200 years after the infamous Borgia pope, and this book transports with the same sense of treachery and social duplicity as that time of history so often the subject of period dramas and cleverly written television. The Contessa Carlotta Mancini, is looking back on her life, and explaining the genesis of the Vendetta that has so ruled her life and occupies a palpable feel of a character throughout the book.
Through the veil of memory, we are transported back nearly 20 years to a young Carlotta, rich, titled and parentless, as she meets the man who will be the genesis of the vendetta. From one moment to the next, her retelling is detailed, her strength and determination in surviving and moving forward while maintaining the anger needed to fuel the vendetta is admirable, even if you can’t agree with her reasoning.
Through a series of twists and roadblocks, her plot is foiled, questioned, and detailed with meticulous care all fitting to the 17th century Venice. The Contessa, despite being a character fueled by anger and vengeance is actually one that you can’t help but appreciate and empathize with, the characters who are truly evil in this book ooze slime and actually created a visceral reaction of disgust as I read.
With a couple of small pacing issues that arose in her repetition about the need for vengeance, the positives in the book: the writing, the detailed characters and the ability to describe a scene that transported me to Venice in the 1600’s those little repetitions were easily ignored. Patzer has recreated a wonderful dark story full of emotion and description that will transport and enchant.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review in the Indie Authors Rock promotions at I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
A true blue Taurean in every way, Mirella Sichirollo Patzer was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, but grew up in Calgary, a city famous for the Calgary Stampede, oil companies, and the wild west.
Although an avid reader of historical fiction, she never aspired to be an author. But when she discovered the rich World War II history of her mother’s family (the Moro River Campaign was fought on her grandfather’s vineyards – (still in the family’s possession today) she decided to write about it one day.
Mirella is first generation Italian Canadian who likes a clean house but hates housework, detests winter, and is mildly claustraphobic. She loves books, cooking, writing, and a good helping of her homemade tiramisu.
Passionate about writing and honing her talents, she owns and operates two critique groups for intermediate and advanced writers:
She also runs a book club for women’s historical fiction at:
Her short story, Down Three Steps, was featured in the Canadian best selling anthology, Mamma Mia: Good Italian Girls Talk Back. She is the author of The Pendant, The Blighted Troth, The Contessa’s Vendetta, and her latest, Orphan of the Olive Tree.
Mirella is currently working on a novel of the life of Mathilde of Ringleheim, The First Queen of Germany. Meticulously researched and filled with memorable characters, it is the fictionalized biography of one of the most fascinating and influential women of the 10th century.