The Madonna of Pisano (The Italian Chronicles Book 1)

The Madonna of Pisano

About the Book

A young woman, a priest, and a secret that keeps them bitterly bound to each other . . .

My Review

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio tears a tragic chapter of betrayal and deceit from her family’s history to illustrate how redemption and forgiveness will set you free in The Madonna of Pisano, book one of the Italian Chronicles Series.

My heart ached for poor Maria Landro. She is the oldest of three daughters and feels a keen responsibility to carry on the family’s farm, Bella Terra. One day her life is ripped apart by a vicious assault that leaves her pregnant.

Maria, in fear for her and her child’s life, refuses to name the father. The village people scorn and ridicule her and her family and refuse to buy produce from the family farm, causing severe hardship for the family.

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio has written a timeless story. As I read The Madonna, I felt anger, frustration, and fear for Maria. However, the story doesn’t end in tragedy, and redemption plays a huge role in the end.

The Madonna of Pisano will have you encouraging and applauding Maria Landro as you follow her story.

The story is intense and multifaceted – sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

I was graciously given this book from the author to read while I recuperated from an extensive surgical procedure. Thank you so much. I pray my review does justice to your story. I’m looking forward to the sequels!

About the Author

MaryAnn Madonna of Pisano

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is a follower of Jesus Christ who is passionate about writing compelling and entertaining fiction that transforms lives. Her fiction has won several awards, including the Silver Medal for eBook Fiction in the Illumination Book Awards Program sponsored by the Jenkins Group; First Place in Inspirational Fiction in the 2011 Colorado RWA Heart of the Rockies Contest; and First Place in Inspirational Fiction in the 2011 Space Coast Authors of Romance (STAR) Launching a Star Contest.

Her latest work of fiction is a novel titled THE MADONNA OF PISANO. It is the first in the trilogy called THE ITALIAN CHRONICLES.

MaryAnn also writes for children. Her latest children’s book is titled CANDLE LOVE and helps little ones cope with sibling rivalry. TOBY TOO SMALL is a story about a little boy who learns that it’s not how big you are on the outside that matters; it’s how big you are on the inside.

MaryAnn holds the PhD and the MPhil in French and Comparative Literature from the University of Kansas, the MA in Italian Language and Literature from Middlebury College, and the MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She writes a popular blog titled “Matters of the Heart” ( that, like her fiction writing, deals with the deepest issues of the human heart. She also writes a blog for teen girls called Gabriel Girls ( In her spare time, she loves to read, paint, and make up silly songs for her grandchildren.

Dr. MaryAnn resides in New Jersey with her husband Dom, a retired ER physician. They are the blessed parents of two wonderful daughters, a fantastic son-in-law, and five rambunctious grandchildren.

You may contact Dr. MaryAnn at the following social media venues:
Blog (Matters of the Heart):
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