The Wayfarer Trilogy of Nina Romano
May 24, 2018
Historical stories of passion, hardship, love, hope, and faith in a world torn apart by war and rebellion.
Nina Romano earned a BS from Ithaca College, an MA from Adelphi University and a BA and an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. She lived in Rome, Italy, for twenty years where many of her poems and stories are set.
Romano is fluent in Italian and Spanish. She has taught English and Literature as an adjunct professor at St. Thomas University. She is a lover of history and a world traveler and has visited these countries in the last two years: China, Cuba, Brazil and the Amazon River, Poland, Japan, Argentina, the Falklands, Antartica, Chile, and Peru.
Romano has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry. She has co-authored Writing in a Changing World.
Nina Romano has published three novels in the Wayfarer Trilogy with Turner Publishing. The novels of the series are: The Secret Language of Women, set in China during the Boxer Rebellion, is a finalist in Foreword Reviews and winner of Independent Publisher’s 2016 Ippy Gold Medal Award; Lemon Blossoms, set in Sicily is a finalist in Foreward Reviews; and In America, set in Depression Era NY and recently presented at the 2016 Miami Book Fair International, is a finalist in the 2016 Chanticleer Review’s Chatelaine Book Awards in the Romance category.
Set in China in the late 1800’s, The Secret Language of Women tells the story of star-crossed lovers, Zhou Bin Lian, a Eurasian healer, and Giacomo Scimenti, an Italian sailor, driven apart by the Boxer Rebellion.
When Lian is seventeen years old, she accompanies her Swiss father, Dr. Gianluca Brasolin, fluent in Italian, to tend the Italian ambassador, at the Summer Palace of Empress Dowager, where she meets and falls in love with Giacomo.
Through voyage and adventure, their love intensifies, but soon is severed by Lian’s dutiful promise as the wife to another. Forbidden from pursuing her chosen profession as a healer, and despised because she does not have bound feet, she is forced to work in a cloisonné factory while her in-laws raise her daughter, Ya Chen. It is in Nushu, the women’s secret writing, that she chronicles her life and her hopes for the future.
Rebelling against the life forced upon her, she empowers herself to act out against the injustice and becomes the master of her own destiny. But her quest for freedom comes at a costly price: The life of someone close to her, lost in a raging typhoon, a grueling journey to the Yun-kang Caves, and a desperate search for beauty and love in the midst of brutality.
Angelica Domenico is born in a blossoming lemon grove, a prophetic fusion of sweet bloom and bitter fruit on an island governed by volcanoes and earthquakes.
In the continuation of Nina Romano’s epic Wayfarer Trilogy, an early childhood accident propels Angelica to battle trials in a world where proof of virginity is paramount. She suﬀers the trauma of her aunt’s death in childbirth and is catapulted on a voyage towards the nunnery to seek refuge from a fear of intimacy. Fate intervenes on the Feast of Cruciﬁxion when Giacomo Scimenti enters the family shop, and Angelica feels herself rent by lightning the instant they come face to face.
Lemon Blossoms is the story of Angelica’s struggle in pursuit of feminine identity and heritage while coping with the intricacies of loss, love, and yearning.
Beautiful, headstrong Marcella Scimenti has the affection of a handsome neighborhood boy, the love of her large Italian family, and serious dreams of singing in Hollywood. But the course of true love—nor the journey to finding one’s true self—never did run smooth.
In America follows the story of Marcella, the daughter of the characters at the center of Nina Romano’s continent-spanning Wayfarer Trilogy, as she comes of age in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in the late 1920s.
In the trilogy’s heartwarming conclusion, Marcella must learn to balance new friendships, promising suitors, and life as a modern working girl with the expectations of her tradition-bound family, all against the backdrop of a looming economic depression and a changing world.
Along the way, she unearths a devastating family secret that shakes her to her core and tests the boundaries of her love, loyalty, and faith.