FORTY YEARS IN A DAY

by Mona Rodriguez (Author)

Based on a true story, experience an Italian immigrant family's profound bravery and life-changing journey into twentieth-century America.

Book Description:​

Based on a true story, experience an Italian immigrant family’s profound bravery and life-changing journey into twentieth-century America.

The story begins in Italy, 1900. After years of torment and neglect, Victoria and her four small children immigrate to Hell’s Kitchen, New York, to escape her alcoholic, abusive husband. On the day they leave, he tragically dies, but she does not learn of his death for several years—a secret that puts many lives on hold.

Quickly, they realize America’s streets are not paved with gold, and the limits of human faith and stamina are tested time and time again. Poverty, illness, death, kidnapping, and the reign of organized crime are just some of the crosses they bear.

Victoria’s eldest son, Vincenzo, is the sole surviving member of the family and shares a gut-wrenching account of their lives with his daughter during a visit to Ellis Island on his ninetieth birthday. He explains how the lives of he and his siblings have been secretly intertwined with an infamous Irish mob boss and ends his unsettling disclosure with a monumental request that leaves Clare speechless.

Forty Years in a Day is layered with the struggles and successes of each family member and defines the character of an era. Follow the Montanaro family through several decades, and stand in the shoes of a past generation.

Confession is good for the soul even after the soul has been claimed…

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"With a sprawling stirring narrative and almost lyrical prose, not to mention a plot twist that I most definitely did not see coming, Forty Years In A Day is one of those books that grabs your attention from the very beginning and takes you on a beautiful voyage of discovery. This novel is simply unputdownable. It is enthralling, beguiling and utterly engrossing. When Historical Fiction is written in such a way, then there is no such thing as too much." -The Coffee Pot Book Club 2020 Five Star Award "Told by two with the eye and instinct of keen storytellers who know exactly when to divulge, when to pause and hold onto secrets and twists. Readers will be exhausted and inspired from the journey, and wouldn't have it any other way!" -The Review "The narrative, setting of the scenes, the tone, characters, dialogue, were all wonderful. All of these drew me into the story from the first page to the last. I was apart of the story!" -Impressions in Ink Reviews "A moving family saga with an incredible and entirely unexpected twist, Forty Years in a Day is a pleasantly emotional story. The plot is one of those most creative I've ever encountered, debut or otherwise." -Flashlight Commentary Reviews "With a surprise twist added to the mix, Forty Years in a Day is an unforgettable book and a testimony to the perseverance of the human spirit."-The True Book Addict Reviews "The writing is so good, the characters jump off the page and feel so real. This is a wonderful, yet intensely emotional story." -Must Read Faster Reviews "I loved the way the authors were able to create such a vivid recount of those times and create a story which is so multi-dimensional with many characters and views." -A Life Through Books Reviews "Wow, these authors really did an amazing job of bringing the 1900's to life through one family and several generations." -My Reading Addiction Reviews "I loved the story. I loved the tone and the way it sounded just like someone telling their family story to their children." -A Book Geek Reviews "Forty Years In A Day so brilliantly illuminates the hardships and tribulations of a family coming to America in the 1900's." -Laura Terry, author of Intertwined "The stunning array of characters that parade through the twists and turns of several generations is amazing." -Patrick O'Sheen, author of Dreamer

Mona Rodriguez (Author)

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Mona Rodriguez and Dianne Vigorito are cousins. Throughout their lives, they had heard many stories from family members that were fascinating, sometimes even unbelievable, and decided to piece together the puzzle of tales. Through research and interviews, their goal was to create a fictional story that follows a family through several decades, providing the reader an opportunity to stand in the shoes of a past generation and walk in search of their hopes and dreams. What they realize in the process is that human emotions have been the same throughout generations – the difference is how people are molded and maneuvered by the times and their situations. Mona and Dianne strongly believe there is tremendous knowledge to be gained from those who are older and wiser, a resource precariously looming at everyone’s fingertips. Mona lives with her husband in New Jersey and they have two grown sons. Visit their website at www.FORTYYEARSINADAY.com

FORTY YEARS IN A DAY

"With a sprawling stirring narrative and almost lyrical prose, not to mention a plot twist that I most definitely did not see coming, Forty Years In A Day is one of those books that grabs your attention from the very beginning and takes you on a beautiful voyage of discovery. This novel is simply unputdownable. It is enthralling, beguiling and utterly engrossing. When Historical Fiction is written in such a way, then there is no such thing as too much." -The Coffee Pot Book Club 2020 Five Star Award "Told by two with the eye and instinct of keen storytellers who know exactly when to divulge, when to pause and hold onto secrets and twists. Readers will be exhausted and inspired from the journey, and wouldn't have it any other way!" -The Review "The narrative, setting of the scenes, the tone, characters, dialogue, were all wonderful. All of these drew me into the story from the first page to the last. I was apart of the story!" -Impressions in Ink Reviews "A moving family saga with an incredible and entirely unexpected twist, Forty Years in a Day is a pleasantly emotional story. The plot is one of those most creative I've ever encountered, debut or otherwise." -Flashlight Commentary Reviews "With a surprise twist added to the mix, Forty Years in a Day is an unforgettable book and a testimony to the perseverance of the human spirit."-The True Book Addict Reviews "The writing is so good, the characters jump off the page and feel so real. This is a wonderful, yet intensely emotional story." -Must Read Faster Reviews "I loved the way the authors were able to create such a vivid recount of those times and create a story which is so multi-dimensional with many characters and views." -A Life Through Books Reviews "Wow, these authors really did an amazing job of bringing the 1900's to life through one family and several generations." -My Reading Addiction Reviews "I loved the story. I loved the tone and the way it sounded just like someone telling their family story to their children." -A Book Geek Reviews "Forty Years In A Day so brilliantly illuminates the hardships and tribulations of a family coming to America in the 1900's." -Laura Terry, author of Intertwined "The stunning array of characters that parade through the twists and turns of several generations is amazing." -Patrick O'Sheen, author of Dreamer

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