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PRESS RELEASE October 7, 2014
Long Awaited Sequel Released: Pizza & Promises, now available on Amazon.com
The boomer fiction novel, PASTA, POPPY FIELDS AND PEARLS captured the hearts of readers everywhere last year. Now it's long awaited sequel promises even more fans.
According to the first reviewer: "Pizza and Promises, the sequel to Sophia Bar-Lev’s earlier book, Pasta, Poppy Fields and Pearls is all I expected it to be. The story flows easily with plenty of suspense and humour as the senior lady friends, their children and grandchildren find their circle expanding to include some unlikely additions.
True to her new chef-self, Cecilia has learned to make the very best pizza any of the group has ever tasted and they enjoy it frequently.
Sophia Bar-Lev’s character development is detailed yet easy to follow. I feel like these folks are my friends and want to phone to invite myself for pizza.
The book ends with a cliff-hanger and a promise. I believe this indicates another book to follow and can hardly wait to read it.
I highly recommend both books currently in print beginning with Pasta, Poppy Fields and Pearls, and Pizza and Promises. You won’t be disappointed.
PRESS RELEASE, AUGUST 17, 2013
New Novel Features Women Over 60: “Pasta, Poppy Fields and Pearls” Showcases Characters Readers Rarely Seen in Women's Fiction and Helps Realize Writer's Dream
Author Sophia Barlev always dreamed of writing a novel one day, and now has seen her dreams realized with the publication of Pasta, Poppy Fields and Pearls, now available on Amazon. The novel features an age group rarely featured in tradtional women's fiction: women over age 60. Over 60 herself, the author was inspired to tell a story of women she could relate to, which led to Pasta, Poppy Fields and Pearls.
The novel is the story of four mature women, each hailing from a different part of the world. The four come together to make Tuscany, Italy their retirement haven, expecting peace and relaxation. What they find is so much more. Their ideas of quiet and uneventful lives didn't include the adventures that awaited them and the bonds they would form. As their friendships develop, the best and worst of each woman's past experiences begin to emerge and unexpected situations develop. Each woman handles these in her own way, and Barlev's writing demonstrates the interpersonal dynamics of vibrant women rarely seen in the pages of literature.
Barlev's novel takes its inspiration from her real life experiences of four of her friends. The situations and names are fictionalized, but the heart of the story stems from real women in the over 60 age group. The result is a heartwarming, realistic and thoughtful read laced with humor.
“I wrote this novel because I feel it's an age group that is not highlighted very much in women's fiction. 'Where were my stories?' I asked when I looked at the shelves. I've always loved Italy and was inspired by my friends, so I decided to fulfill my long held goal of publishing a novel,” Barlev stated.
Pasta, Poppy Fields and Pearls is now available on Amazon. For more information on the novel and the author, please visit http://sophiabarlev.com.
By Lilu on August 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Amazon Verified Purchase
Sometimes you just need a really feel-good book to put life in perspective and to add a little joy back into your life, and "Pasta, Poppy Fields and Pearls" provides that in spades. Ms. Bar-Lev writes with an endearing, vivid and captivating writing style that makes you invested in the characters and in the journey they embark on as they make their way through a retirement in Tuscany. Carmela, Janet, Cecilia and Paula Jean are likable women who seem to leap off the pages in sure authentic-ness as their stories, histories, sordid pasts and future lives are laid bare to the reader in a funny, witty and evocative way.
"Pasta, Poppy Fields and Pearls" centers around four women who comes to Tuscany to live the good life, retiring to a beautiful scenic countryside where the grass is certainly always greener. However, just because Tuscany can be relaxing and quaint doesn't mean it actually will be... soon the four women are thrust into a lough-out-loud, burn with anger, three-hanky tearjerker of a mess as hidden secrets, lies and truths are uncovered and the women find themselves growing closer as they kiss their relaxing retirement in the sun goodbye. It's intense with heartfelt tears one moment and filled with belly rolling laughs the next, and that's what I think I like best about this book. It's like all your favorite movies/books rolled into one to create this amazing journey of emotion that will leave you feeling as if you've just been on one hell of a ride and aren't sure if you should laugh, cry or do both at the same time.
Overall, this was a truly entertaining and emotional journey that I wholeheartedly recommend. Whether you're looking to have a good laugh, spend a few tears or find yourself at the heart of some juicy hidden secrets, "Pasta, Poppy Fields and Pearls" is the perfect book for you.
This review is from: Pasta, Poppy Fields and Pearls (Kindle Edition)
This book had me at "Tuscany".
As coincidence would have it, I was researching about villas for rent in Tuscany when I encountered Sophia Bar-Lev's book, `Pasta, Poppy fields and Pearl,' and what initially began as a mild curiosity quickly turns into a compulsion. The book immediately reels you into its world, redolent with the ambience, the milieu, the texture of this incredibly beautiful city.
`Pasta, Poppy Fields and Pearls' is about four women who choose to spend the remainder of their lives in this famous region of Italy. Having lived full lives--or so it seems at first--the women find one another here and subsequently form strong bonds of friendship, cemented further by their common passion for the local food, the coffee, the stories, the laidback lifestyle. But life in Tuscany serves only as a backdrop to the women's stories--the book quickly shifts to different periods in time--Carmela in the 1960s, for example, or Paula Jean in Budapest half a century ago, told in vivid reminiscences by each of the four characters. Soon, Bar-Lev skillfully unravels individual love affairs, heartaches, failures, triumphs, each thread eventually forming into a colorful tapestry of life stories so deftly woven together that you can only admire the four threads as a seamless whole.
Bar-Lev writes with scalpel-like precision and artistic vividness--she can `paint' the ambience, the texture and colors of life in Florence, the gardens and the larger countryside. You can almost see the fierce Tuscan sun, sense its warmth on the skin, your jaws dropped at the sight of undulating poppy fields--indeed, the author writes with some intense verisimilitude that you can't help but be transported to Tuscany and actually "feel" being there.
This is an exceptionally moving book, something I would gladly inhabit and re-inhabit whenever I want to feel my heart beating inside me. Sophia Bar-Lev has written a story that throbs palpably with that rare emotional gravitas you can only find in real life, and for capturing that and depicting it on the written page is short of miraculous. A highly recommended read--and I hope one that would soon be seen on the big screen as well. Five stars.