My Heart Still Surrenders

By Robbi Perna, Author and Lecturer

Romance, Historical fiction | Paperback


Carolina, the Contessina DeSimone, is young, beautiful, and wealthy. Helpless in her father’s quest for power, she finds herself living at the Palazzo Reale in Turin as a lady-in-waiting and confidant of Her Royal Highness Margherita, the Princess of Savoy. When the childhood friend with whom she elopes dies while on mission for Pope Pius IX, Carolina finds herself disinherited and disowned by her father, the powerful Count Aurelio, financial adviser to Vittorio Emanuele II, the first King of a unified Italy. Left in disgrace at a dilapidated villa that once belonged to her late mother, Carolina is easy prey for the rogue elements who roam the 19th century Italian countryside until the mysterious Navarre comes to her rescue. He is a soldier of fortune once in the pay of King Francis II of the Two Sicilies, a hired mercenary accustomed to taking what he wants without regard for the consequences. What refuge could he possibly offer her—and why?


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Carolina, the Contessina DeSimone, is young, beautiful, and wealthy. Helpless in her father’s quest for power, she finds herself living at the Palazzo Reale in Turin as a lady-in-waiting and confidant of Her Royal Highness Margherita, the Princess of Savoy. When the childhood friend with whom she elopes dies while on mission for Pope Pius IX, Carolina finds herself disinherited and disowned by her father, the powerful Count Aurelio, financial adviser to Vittorio Emanuele II, the first King of a unified Italy. Left in disgrace at a dilapidated villa that once belonged to her late mother, Carolina is easy prey for the rogue elements who roam the 19th century Italian countryside until the mysterious Navarre comes to her rescue. He is a soldier of fortune once in the pay of King Francis II of ...


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Thanks for stopping by to get acquainted. I was born in Denver, Colorado, the oldest of four children in an Italian-American family. As the only girl, I gained a unique insight on the Italian male psyche over the years. My stories often reflect my Italian heritage and the traits many Italian men and women exhibit. At a recent reunion, a classmate approached me and remarked, "I remember two things about you: you always wanted horses; and you were always writing stories." I happily confirmed I had owned Arabian horses for a number of years before moving away from Denver and I still write stories. I now make my home in central Florida where snow is a figment of my overactive imagination and Santino the Parti-poodle manages the household between naps while I write. I bring a diverse perspective to my stories and am the author of thirty-one published works that include novels, short stories, articles, essays, and editorials. The Florida Writers Association selected my historical romance, My Heart Still surrenders, as a finalist in the 2014 Royal Palm Literary Award competition. My professional memberships include Romance Writers of America, Florida Writers Association, Savvy Authors, and the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. I invite you to step into the ambiance of my stories and enter the worlds of magic, suspense, history, and romance.


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Thanks for stopping by to get acquainted. I was born in Denver, Colorado, the oldest of four children in an Italian-American family. As the only girl, I gained a unique insight on the Italian male psyche over the years. My stories often reflect my Italian heritage and the traits many Italian men and women exhibit. At a recent reunion, a classmate approached me and remarked, "I remember two thi...


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