Monday, July 4, 2016

LOVE THY SISTER by Maria Grazia Swan

Review: Love Thy Sister

Love Thy SisterLove Thy Sister by Maria Grazia Swan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars 

Review: LOVE THY SISTER (Mina's Adventures #1)

What appeals to me the most about Mina is her ingenuousness. Try as she might (and periodically she does attempt to "fit in"), even at twenty-three, she still doesn't align with her sister (the only surviving family member), the Southern California laid-back facade lifestyle, nor employment, nor social interactions. I am not certain if it is her Italian nativity transposed to the hectic Orange County, California venue, or growing up in the shadow of a much-older half-sister who "has it all." Perhaps it's just Mina's personality, but the constant overtone of uncertainty and indecision, while it makes for fecklessness and a tendency to go headfirst into situations, tact tossed aside, renders her an appealing character, almost like a much younger sister one wishes to protect.

Author Info:
Maria Grazia Swan

Award winning author Maria Grazia Swan was born in Italy, but this rolling stone has definitely gathered no moss. She lived in Belgium, France, Germany, in beautiful Orange County, California where she raised her family, and is currently at home in Phoenix, Arizona.

As a young girl, her vivid imagination predestined her to be a writer. She won her first literary award at the age of fourteen while living in Belgium. As a young woman Maria returned to Italy to design for--ooh-la-la--haute couture. Once in the U.S. and after years of concentrating on family, she tackled real estate. These days her time is devoted to her deepest passions: writing and helping people and pets find the perfect home. 

Maria loves travel, opera, good books, hiking, and intelligent movies (if she can find one, that is). When asked about her idea of a perfect evening, she favors stimulating conversation, Northern Italian food and perfectly chilled Prosecco. 

You can find out more by visiting her website or connecting with her on


Series and Book Info:
Mina’s back! What? You haven’t heard of Mina? Well let me introduce you. Mina is the much loved and adventuresome heroine of the popular crime series by Maria Grazia Swan. She’ll take you all over the world and back. 
Italian-born Mina Calvi lives in a mansion in idyllic Orange County, California with her protective older sister, Paola. Unemployed again and aimless, Mina can’t seem to find her niche in her adopted country, but confusion and restlessness soon become the least of her problems. Someone is stealing from the software business owned by Paola and her husband, losses so great the business is sinking like the Titanic. And the strange death of a company employee turns out to be murder. Then, while, facing a loss so terrible she can’t bear it, Mina discovers an old family secret that turns her world upside down. There’s some solace in the arms of her blue-eyed lover, amateur sleuth Brian Starr, but danger still stalks her at every turn, edging closer and closer as Mina tries to untangle the web of lies, adultery and treachery, and put her life back together

1 comment:

  1. Dear Mallory, thank you so much, a pleasant surprise indeed.