Review of Daughter of Mine

Title:  Daughter of Mine
Author: Laura Fabiani
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9-780595-478576

Reviewed by Jo Linsdell.

Daughter of Mine tells the tale of Tiziana Manoretti, who finding out that she was adopted, travels to Italy in an attempt to discover the truth about her birth and to search for her birth parents. The road to learning about her past is far from easy but she meets some interesting characters along the way that help her out.
As if the recent bomb about her adoption isn’t enough, Tiziana is also getting mixed signals from her best friend Christopher and starts questioning exactly how deep her feelings for him are.

Daughter of Mine is a real page turner and one of the best books I’ve read for a while. Laura Fabiani captures Italy beautifully as it follows Tiziana on her journey. The descriptions of the locations visited by the characters are wonderful and give a real feel for the setting. As do some of the Italian individuals that Tiziana meets along the way, who made me think of some real Italians I’ve met since I came to live here.

Relationships, love, family, friendship mixed with the stunning scenery of Italy. Daughter of Mine  is excellently written and a very enjoyable read. I highly recommend this book.


  1. The author, in her portrayal of Tiziana, depicted for me a woman whose determination would not be influenced by the accepted social constraints placed on women, even today. In Canada, where as an engineer, a male dominated occupation, we see glimpses of friction in her firm because she is a woman. In Italy, the unwritten rules applying to the role of women in society becomes more pronounced but her will power transcends these forces. Most important is that, in this assertive nature that defines Tiziana, the quality of overall femininity in the character is maintained. A women can be as empowered as a man and still maintain all the attributes which define women. A most important lesson that I took from this book.


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