Love Among the Ruins

by Catherine Maiorisi

Calliope DeAndre and Dana Wittman are two very different women with two very different lives—each going through recent heartache and life-changing events.

Now the two find themselves on what should have been two separate romantic Italy tours. Each alone instead of part of a couple.

When Callie wants to leave the tour, Dana convinces her to stay. As days turn into weeks, their friendship and feelings grow. But guilt rages in Callie and Dana doesn’t trust love.

The two must overcome their separate pasts in order to find their future together.





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Genre Romance
Length 288 pages
Publication Date June 15, 2023
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642474640e
Editor Medora MacDougall
Cover Designer Heather Honeywell



"Italy calls to me. My grandparents all emigrated from there in the early 1900s and I grew up in New Jersey’s version of Italian-American culture, socializing mainly with extended family, eating Italian-American food, hearing several Italian dialects (similar to but different than Italian) spoken around me. But I didn’t give Italy much thought until the mid-sixties when I spent two weeks there as part of a six-month trip to Europe. And then I fell in love.

Over the years since then, I ‘ve travelled in Italy many times, most with my wife Sherry. The latest, three weeks in Southern Italy in the spring of 2018 to celebrate my eightieth birthday. If the pandemic lockdown hadn’t happened in 2020, we would have made another trip to realize a dream of mine, to live in Southern Italy for three months.

But the pandemic lockdown did happen. And the pandemic devastated Italy. Trapped in the house, watching Covid’s devastation of Italy on the news, I dreamed about returning to the Italy I love when it was safe again.

Then, in early 2022, the six thousand words I’d written in 2018 about a romance that takes place in Italy, called out to me. If I couldn’t travel to Italy, I would go there in my imagination and experience it through my characters.

Writing Love Among the Ruins brought back many wonderful memories of the places Callie and Dana visit on their month-long luxury tour. And I hope the story brings the characters and Italy alive for readers."

—Catherine Maiorisi


Kaye C. - …This is a gentle, slow burn romance between two mature and successful people. … a lovely travel romance and if you love Italy the location is an added bonus.

Claire E. - Really enjoyed this book, the author writes excellent lesbian crime books, but this was a more traditional romance book with some complexity. …I really enjoyed the depth of the main characters and also the minor characters who all had distinct personalities and issues they were also escaping from. I also enjoyed the meta story of a writer writing a romance book set in Italy and the way that we got the full extent of her research, it was like we were on this trip too.

Betty H. - Love Among the Ruins by Catherine Maiorisi is a beautiful love story that those of you who love to travel will adore.

Patricia B. - An enjoyable read. This is a slow burn romance between two successful mature adults. There was some complexity, but it all worked out in the end. The characters were written well, and I loved the relationship between Callie and Dana which was so sweet and giving. I loved all the places they toured and learned even more about the history of some of these well-known sights. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and family and I look forward to what's next from this author.

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