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Product Details:
Author: Wendy Ramer
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.
Publication Date: August 29, 2006
Language: English
ISBN: 059540782X
Product Length: 5.0 inches
Product Width: 0.51 inches
Product Height: 8.0 inches
Product Weight: 0.54 pounds
Package Length: 7.87 inches
Package Width: 5.04 inches
Package Height: 0.63 inches
Package Weight: 0.49 pounds
Average Customer Rating: based on 12 reviews
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 ( 12 customer reviews )
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2 of 2 found the following review helpful:

5real life wrapped in a vacationSep 18, 2006
By lalain
My mom bought me this book and I picked it up and read it cover-to-cover the same day. Not many books catch my attention enough to not get put down, but this one did.

Millie, the main character, is lovable and her story so relatable. Who hasn't wanted to live an overseas adventure complete with a gorgeous Italian man? When baby Enzo enters the picture, the vacation life fades as real life issues take over. The author was adept at building the characters' stories and wrapping them up well, but not in the all-too-common magic fairy-tale ending way. As I read the last paragraph, I found myself ready for a sequel -- what happens next?

Intelligent and very readable, I happily recommend this novel.

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5Couldn't put the book down..Nov 09, 2006
By Kris L. Angerthal
A great book about tolerance, love, and motherhood. The author did such a great job of making you truly feel the feelings of the main character, Millie. The book takes twists and turns you don't see coming and it keeps you coming back for more. It is a great book for anyone to read.

1 of 1 found the following review helpful:

5A liquid novel of love and loss...Oct 16, 2014
By Samuel Franklin
I stepped out of my box and bought this novel, drawn somehow to its quirky yet personal title. Here was a pivotal concept that I had to explore; "Enzo's Mamma", the forging of identity by a relationship to another. We all have our names, our labels, our individuality. But the most powerful images we form are generated from the bonds of love and blood. And no bond is greater than that of a mother to her child.
In this liquid novel of love and loss, the most sacred bond between mother and child is assaulted from all directions. Our Millie Gossett, a loving and adventurous, yet unwittingly self-destructive young lady, makes the same decisions that many of us would, to love too much before thinking, to act too quickly before planning, and to merely endure when suffering is her only option. The story explores in its depths; where is justice? Is Millie amassing strength? Is this nobility? No, it is the only recourse a mother has. But it is powerful, and it is enough.
Millie Gossett is my friend, my sister, my mother. She is every woman who has ever tried to love and has blundered. She meets Carlo, a good enough man. He is handsome and educated, sincere and romantic. But he is an Italian man, they are in Bologna, and he has another woman in his life, a woman who will have an evil power to destroy in a way that no woman should. Millie quickly perceives the danger, but it is too late.
Rarely does a story leave me frozen with a drawn breath and blurred by tears of both sadness and joy as this one did. I was on the beach with you, Millie, trying to reach across the ocean, grasping at the one, the only, source of true happiness.
Well done Wendy Ramer. You have a knack for storytelling, you have a flair for love.

1 of 1 found the following review helpful:

5Read it in one night...couldn't put it down!!!Nov 28, 2006
By Linda Chek "LindaChek"
Talk about a page-turner! As first novels go, this one's got it all: an emotionally charged storyline, believable and relatable characters, and a realistic, satisfying ending. The author has a remarkable turn of phrase, with language elevated enough to demand your focus yet facile enough to draw you into the story and its many twists. Any mother--no, any PARENT--will feel the pain and outrage of the main character, Millie, and suffer along with her on her road of trials. And any human being will be able to laugh and cry along with Millie as her story reaches its very real conclusion, though hopefully not its end. Kudos, Mrs. Ramer...we're waiting for the next one!

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5I can't wait for a sequelOct 31, 2006
By S. Hernandez
Enzo's Mamma is one of those books you just can't stop reading. The story captures you and you become friends with Millie, the main character, nearly immediately. It is endearing to share her growth and determination in pursuing her dream, in spite of her circumstances and her mistakes. The author keeps a great pace throughout the story, which spans almost ten years, and includes beautiful places in Italy and the United States. Through Millie, we get to know the rest of the characters as if we could see and hear them. I love the ending!

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