But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.
For some, they are real life.
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all.
I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.
I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all.
The Savonas still hold power where it counts most.
In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more.
And I am soon to become one of them.
I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife…
… or at least I was, until I met Achille.
And everything changed.
A Veil of Vines is probably one of the most romantic stories I’ve read this year. Possibly the most. The development of feelings between Caresa and Achille was deep and sweet and beyond what I expected.
I am a huge fan of Tillie’s. Her style is fabulous and her characters are always multidimensional. Caresa and Achille are fantastic. While the notion of false royalty was odd to me, the fact that rules of society play a huge part in all our lives was not. Many people make awful, heartbreaking decisions based on familial duty. Our MCs are no different.
I have been to Italy. Once. It is magical. It’s beauty stays with you forever. Tillie picked a perfect setting for this amazing story. And while I’m not a wine drinker, I’d start if I got a sexy, Italian winemaker out of the deal. Just sayin’.
I’ll admit, in the beginning I was nervous how the story would play out. What was going on in the author’s head? But I trusted her and that trust was rewarded. I was given a thoughtful, kind heroine and a shy, dedicated, honorable hero. Tillie didn’t rely on our addiction to ultra-possessive alpha males that shoot their way out of arguments. Don’t get me wrong, I love those dudes, but Achille is a refreshing take on a good man who falls in love. Deep, soul filling, unmistakable love.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.
Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.
Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.
When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.