Sheri Hoyte of Reader Views reviews Dreaming Sophia: Author Melissa Muldoon presents spellbinding artistic expression in her delightful story, Dreaming Sophia. Sophia is without a doubt, a dreamer. Yet when tragedy strikes, grief takes over, as young Sophia finds herself alone, fearful, and … [Read more...] about Reader Views Sheri Hoyte – Book Review of Dreaming Sophia
Without a doubt, Florence is my favorite city and the inspiration for my story “Dreaming Sophia.” This iconic city set on the banks of the Arno River, is a beautiful reminder of all that makes Italy special. It is full of art and history, and represents Italian pride and independence. What is there … [Read more...] about Florence do you remember me?
Zucchero is a contemporary Italian singer. In 2017 he will be continuing with his Black Cat 2o17 World Tour. The singer is featured in the novel Dreaming Sophia by Melissa Muldoon. The character of Sophia, although not a great singer, given the right beat, tune, and Italian singer has been known to … [Read more...] about Zucchero – One of Sophia’s favorite Italian Singers
"Dreaming Sophia" is the story of a young American painter named Sophia who is named after La Loren, the legendary movie actress. At the start of the novel, she is a woman blindsided by fate who must come to terms with a devastating tragedy. But, Dreaming Sophia is also a joyful story, at times even … [Read more...] about Sophia’s Gifts
Christmas has been celebrated and a new year has arrived with lots of pomp and circumstance. It seems like the holidays are finally winding down. Time to think about packing things away in boxes and clear the way for a brand new year. But wait! The holiday season might be over and done with in most … [Read more...] about La Befana, the Italian Christmas witch and I have a lovely gift for you!
As 2016 draws to a close, I have been taking the time to reflect back upon the past year. It seems to me each year flashes by just a little more swiftly. I am often despondent during the lull following December 25th and January 1st. The rush of holiday parties is over and gifts lay scattered under … [Read more...] about 2016 really was a wonderful year!
Panettone versus pandoro! Which will you choose? Buon Natale! It’s that time of year when the season is celebrated with good cheer and lots of good food. In Italy, there are lots and lots of fabulous holidays treats…crunchy nutty brittles, tasty sugary cookies and sinfully chocolate yule logs. … [Read more...] about Panettone versus Pandoro!
“By the time December arrived, the streets of Florence were less cluttered with tourists. They were now filled with large, starry luminaries that dangled from lampposts. The lights stretched from building to building in zigzaggy, glittery strands all down the street. In the Piazza del Duomo, a giant … [Read more...] about The holiday lights are on in Florence!
Happy December 1st! Christmas is fast approaching. There are only 24 days left to shop! If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Italy at this time of year, you can visit one of the many Italian holiday markets that appear in many cities up and down the boot. These markets are popular with the … [Read more...] about Italian Christmas Markets – I mercatini di natale
How do Italian joke around in the Italian language? Reading the novel Dreaming Sophia you will learn a bit of Italian and words the Italian use for joking around. For starters a battuta is a joke in Italian. The word means “to hit” in the sense of a “punch line of a joke. It can also mean the lines … [Read more...] about Kidding around in the Italian Language
Dreaming Sophia Book Trailer! Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOjj0mvFhRM … [Read more...] about Dreaming Sophia Book Trailer
Nights of Cabiria—in Italian: Le notti di Cabiria—is a 1957 Italian drama film directed by Federico Fellini and starring Giulietta Masina, François Périer, and Amedeo Nazzari. Based on a story by Fellini, the film is about a prostitute in Rome who searches for true love in vain. The film is … [Read more...] about The Nights of Cabiria – a Film by Federico Fellini
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADnkyEMcmM I wanted to share with my readers a video I made last month shortly after publishing my new novel about Italy called "Dreaming Sophia". In this short video I talk about my book, the experience of writing it and where my inspiration came from . The video … [Read more...] about Youtube Video! Dreaming Sophia is here!
Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the flood that devastated Florence in 1966. On November 3rd, after weeks of torrential rains, the Arno’s banks gave way and river water gushed into the city. Florence was caught, virtually unaware that night and was ill-equipped to deal with the aftermath of … [Read more...] about Tribute to the Mud Angels 50th Anniversary Florence’s Flood
“I Medici - Masters of Florence” is the title of a new television series on Rai Uno (Italian TV). The protagonists of the series are Cosimo de’ Medici, played by Richard Madden and Giovanni de’ Medici played by Dustin Hoffman. The production was produced in English with an international cast, … [Read more...] about I Medici – the Masters of Florence
Dreaming with eyes open or “Sognare ad occhi aperti” as the Italians call it is something Sophia, the protagonist of "Dreaming Sophia" shares with her mother. From a very early age, Sophia's mother encourages her daughter to develop her imagination. Every night before bed she tells her daughter a … [Read more...] about The legend of Donna Bianca