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For readers who are in love with romance, Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal, stands out among romance books, romance novels and fiction books. Although characters in a work of fiction, Madeline and Ken’s all too human struggles set them apart from the ordinary heroine and hero. In a departure from most romance novels and romance books for Kindle, Water Signs celebrates faith, family, and patriotism even as it explores coming-of-age in a contemporary world where traditional values are shunned and ridiculed. Still, author Daria Anne DiGiovanni infuses the pages with old-fashioned romance while captivating readers with her vivid descriptions of suburban Philadelphia, the South Jersey Shore, and South Florida.As you’re drawn into this mesmerizing tale of first love and second chances, you’ll see, hear, touch, and smell the salty sea air, the sounds of the ocean, and the aroma of homemade Italian food; you’ll also experience the palpable emotions that characterize a 14-year romance fraught with heartache, miscommunication, and most importantly, genuine, abiding love. Looking for a different kind of romance novel – one that inspires, uplifts and makes you believe in happily ever after? Read Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal.
I couldn’t stop myself from being addicted to the outcome of this story! As a mom and an Entrepreneur reading a novel is PURE luxury for me. Reading Daria’s book gave me the escape I needed as I feel in-love with Madeline and could relate to all the longings of her heart, torn between “the right thing to do” by her family and religious standard and what she felt in her heart. Every woman can relate her own youthful hopefulness for a “lifetime” romance, however, Madeline’s journey to love is suspenseful and so engaging I couldn’t stop reading ….and just when I thought the plot was winding down a new twist to keep me hooked was in the next chapter. Indulge in the “treat” of reading this story.
Author Daniella Bova’s Review of Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal
I just spent some particularly wonderful hours, reading this contemporary romance by Daria DiGiovanni.
To begin, the heroine, Madeline Rose, is an engaging character. She deals with the same issues most real women deal with at some point or other during the course of an average American, middle class, family oriented, and traditional life.
I myself, though from a blue-collar background rather than an upper middle class family like Maddy’s, have been exposed to many of the same situations portrayed in the novel, albeit second hand, through the eyes of my sister, who dealt with the same sort of dating woes as Maddy, before she married in 1990. These issues, (being stood up by selfish men, insecurity on the dating scene, and worries about weight and self esteem) are portrayed in a realistic manner by DiGiovanni.
The Rose family reminds me of my own; the novel is set in Southeastern Pennsylvania, near my neck of the woods, as well as the Jersey Shore, Philly, and Florida. I loved reading about the family dynamic similar to mine, with Italian food, sisters who share bedrooms, parents who love and protect their children, (sometimes a little too much), and aunts who love to gamble in Atlantic City. Madeline’s Down Syndrome brother and her battle with anxiety were additional themes that spoke to me.
I imagine thousands of other women will relate to Maddy in some way or other; her story is of the American girl next door, only deeper. Cliques, cattiness and backstabbing women are not to be found in Maddy’s world. What we find are love, laughter, family, hard work, professionalism, beautiful clothes, and pop music.
The hero, Ken, Maddy’s true love, comes across as very down to earth, and a bit insecure about his blue-collar roots and upbringing in a Jersey Shore town. The couple’s sweet beginning turns sour after a series of misunderstandings, missed chances, and over-thinking of average situations.
Initially, I was sad. I wanted Maddy and Ken to get married within two years of their initial meeting, have a family, and live happily ever after. But…this was not to be, and that’s what makes the story.
The separate courses these individuals take, their experiences, (good and bad), and the relationships they nurture with their own families and new friends along the way, make for an exciting ending to this charming novel. Ken and Maddy spend long years living separate lives, making their own choices, building careers, and yearning for each other throughout; the happy ending is worth waiting for.
It’s always incredibly gratifying when a reader’s detailed review affirms their attention to detail and their ability to easily connect with the characters, plot and settings of your novel. While its themes are universal, Water Signs seems to evoke palpable nostalgia and emotional responses with readers who’ve lived in Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and South Florida. And a wonderful review like this keeps me revved up to complete Sea To Shining Sea!
Kia Heavey’s Review of Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal
Many thanks to excellent author and passionate patriot Kia Heavey for this wonderful new review of my book Water Signs. Even five years later it’s still so incredibly exciting to read such positive feedback! Visit Kia’s website here and check out my Writestream interview with her here. And look for my review of her book Night Machines very soon….I am engrossed in it at the moment and cannot wait to share my thoughts about it on the blog!
Maddy is a true heroine of modern, realistic life
I’ll start with a disclaimer: I am a friend of the author, who I first met as a guest on her excellent radio show, WriteStream. (Great show for aspiring authors, fyi). I am so glad to have met Daria because otherwise I would never have known this book existed. I am a huge fan of the protagonist, Madeline Rose. Like all of us, she has trials and tests throughout her life, sometimes heart breaking, sometimes just irritating, but kudos to the author for not overdoing it with the drama. (A refreshing lack of untimely deaths, violence, and so forth is one of the things I love about this book.) The result is a very believable and true-sounding tale. The best part of Water Signs is the way Maddy lives her life; with optimism, faith, class, and a wholesome, positive attitude. She has a lovely spirit. I wish there were more characters like her in contemporary literature. It’s inspirational to see a positive model of attitude and behavior when we have our own ups and downs.
As a twenty-something, Maddy meets Kenny unexpectedly and they are bonded immediately. Indeed, they turn into the annoying couple we all know who are too cutesy-in-love. I laughed when Maddy herself says the same thing about her boyfriend’s touchy-feely attentions. Obviously, they both have some maturing to do. The result is a sometimes-wrenching tale of love found, foolishly thrown away, painfully thwarted, sacrificed to pride, and finally, when both partners are truly ready, resolved. I admit that I was sometimes frustrated with the decisions people make in this book but when I sit back and think about it, I know plenty of real-life examples of the same sort of thing. The conclusion of the story is all the more satisfying because of the history this couple shares.
I loved DiGiovanni’s descriptive style of writing. Since this story takes place over a period of nearly 20 years, times change and styles and attitudes change along with them. Through the detailed descriptions in the book, I could easily picture every scene. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the dramas that play out within all families, even those as apparently privileged as the Roses. Again, so relatable. I found the dialogue to be a little trite at times but mostly it worked. Overall, the story arc is strong, cohesive and relevant. I think I heard that the author is working on a sequel and I really hope so. The characters in Water Signs have become dear to me. I wish I knew them in real life but since I don’t, a sequel would be much appreciated.
Um, about that sequel….yeah still working on it! 😉