All the Way to Heaven

Book 1 of The Fallout Series

Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely of hands, and sometimes getting lost is the surest way to be found...

After learning shocking news about the man she's been planning her future around, Anica Tomlin cashes in her graduation gift to herself a little early - a trip to Tuscany. But from the moment she boards the wrong train in Pisa, her plans for solitude and self-indulgence begin to unravel around her.

When a bicycle accident thrusts Ani into the skilled hands of the dashing Dr. Cosimo Lazzaro, she reluctantly accepts his invitation to recover in his family's country villa perched on a hilltop surrounded by the Lazzaro olive groves. But it's been a black year for olive growers all over Italy, and generations of tradition are being put to the test like never before.

Ani is swept up in the drama of life in Tuscany, the convergence of old and new, and the passions that drive people to pursue the desires of their hearts. Just as she begins to get her feet under her again, an unexpected turn of events leaves her doubting the very existence of happily ever after...unless she can learn to trust the desires of her own heart.

All the Way to Heaven is the first book in THE FALLOUT SERIES, a collection of sweet contemporary college romances that follow characters featured in the first book.

For fans of Coming of Age Romance authors Stephanie Perkins, Susan Meissner, and Kasie West.

Author's Notes

All the Way to Heaven offers readers a unique flavor with its Italian setting and references to composer Giacomo Puccini; in particular, his opera La rondine. While visiting the quaint, medieval city of Lucca, Italy, birthplace and stomping grounds of the brilliant Puccini, I knew I'd find a way to use it as the setting for an international romance novel one day.

When news reports began airing, labeling 2014 "The Black Year" for Italian olive growers, it felt like the opportune time to bring Lucca, also renowned for its unique olive oils, out of the idea box and onto the pages of All the Way to Heaven. I do hope you enjoy Ani's journey through the Tuscan countryside as she gains a better understanding of who she is and what she wants out of life in this coming of age novel.

All the Way to Heaven is the first book in THE FALLOUT SERIES. Book 2, A Light in the Dark, follows the story of Ani's best friend back home in Midtown, California, and Book 3, A Long Way Home, features Tish's brother, an endearing character you'll meet in Book 2.

I hope you enjoy getting to know these friends and families who live on Maple Avenue in Midtown, Southern California. Although Midtown is a fabricated place, it is loosely based off the city of Redlands, California. So far, all my novels either take place in Midtown or are about characters who came from Midtown. If you pay attention, you'll find familiar settings and people crossing paths from one novel to another, and from one series to another, as well. 

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