Book Review | Among the Cloud Dwellers by Giuliana Sica

Among the Cloud Dwellers from Gemelli PressEvery life deserves a little magic. If you feel like yours is missing that little spark, then boy oh boy do I have the book for you! One of my favorite summer reads so far has been Among the Cloud Dwellers by Giuliana Sica (published by Gemelli Press). This book is a beautiful blend of romance, travel, wine and good food – sprinkled with a little bit of magic.

Porzia Amard has inherited something she never expected from her French grandmother, a family gift of unusual spiritual insight and powers. Returning from her grandmother’s funeral in France to her adopted home in Pensacola, Florida, Porzia is not sure what to do with her unexpected legacy. With the help of her spiritual mentor, Porzia takes the risk to gamble with destiny and follow where fate will lead her, even at the risk of breaking her own heart.

Trying to develop her career as a food and wine journalist while at the same time balancing the confusing emotions revealed in a past life regression that offered a glimpse of her soul mate, intense romance and violence, Porzia sets off to the other side of the world to cover the release of a new Shiraz at a vineyard in Australia. Gambling with fate means accepting the places it chooses to take you, and Porzia finds this out when she sits down next to famous off-road racer Gabe Miller on the overseas flight. The attraction is immediate, the connection deeper than a lifetime of love could create, and before long Porzia is wondering if she has found her lost soul mate.

Giuliana Sica carries readers along through Porzia’s travels through the Australian outback, in search of voodoo recipes in Savannah, Georgia, the Oregon wine country, the enticing scents of New Orleans and the beauty of the Gulf Coast of Florida. Sica was born in Siena, Italy, and her passion for Italy shines through in Porzia’s French-Italian roots and her love of cooking and wine. Food and wine lovers will savor Sica’s exquisite descriptions of delicious recipes matched with the perfect wines. This is truly a gourmand’s romance!

It’s no secret that I love series books. Once I get into a good story, there’s always a sad moment when I’m just pages away from the end. Knowing that Giuliana Sica is at work on the next book made it a little easier letting go of the magical world and characters in Among the Cloud Dwellers … and I can’t wait for Porzia’s story to continue!


For more information, visit Gemelli Press or find Among the Cloud Dwellers on Amazon. (Kindle edition, too!)

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  1. Michelle | Bleeding Espresso July 2, 2012 at 19:19 #

    What a great review, Laura — thank you so much!

    • Laura July 7, 2012 at 10:48 #

      You’re so very welcome, Michelle! Thank you for introducing me to Giuliana Sica with “Among the Cloud Dwellers.” Great read! (And a beautifully designed and presented book, too!)

  2. Sandra July 3, 2012 at 00:39 #

    A brilliant review that makes me want to RUN to the bookstore! Is this book available in the US? It sounds like it will be a special treat and right up my alley! Thanks Laura!

    • Laura July 7, 2012 at 10:46 #

      Ciao Mom! You’ll have to run to your computer instead of the bookstore. We’ve got to do something about Kindles one of these days! 🙂

  3. Oh, thank you, Laura! I’m always looking for good reads not involving blood and gore, so I’m delighted with this one. Sandra, it’s available in the US from Amazon in hardback, paperback and Kindle edition.

    • Laura July 7, 2012 at 10:44 #

      I love discovering new authors not in the blood and gore (or vampire) genre, too! 🙂 I found this book a very refreshing and fun read. Hope you enjoy!

  4. Giuliana July 5, 2012 at 16:12 #

    Grazie Laura!
    I love your writing style! The book is available in the US, Sandra! Amazon and B& Also, via I wrote it in English because if my very very very traditional Italian mother were to read it I would get disowned…;)

    • Laura July 7, 2012 at 10:43 #

      Ciao Giuliana! What an honor to have you stop by Ciao Amalfi. Thanks for your kind words! I loved your book … and can’t wait to read the next one!

  5. Sandra July 7, 2012 at 11:08 #

    Thanks for the information on getting the book in the US..Ordering right away.

    • Laura July 7, 2012 at 16:51 #

      I know you’ll enjoy the read, mom! 🙂

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