A dramatic journey into the age-old Mysteries of Love, one woman and her awakening to her soul's special gifts - an awakening that leads her on a quest to save her ancestors' ancient spiritual tradition.
2001 winner of the Visionary Award for Fiction awarded by COVR.
A dramatic journey into the age-old Mysteries of Love, The Giuliana Legacy is the story of one woman, Julia Giardani, and her awakening to her soul's special gifts - an awakening that leads her on a quest to save her ancestors' ancient spiritual tradition from extinction and kindles her passion to aid humanity in its timeless search for love and redemption.
Readers will delight in this sweeping, inspirational saga. Its sensitivity, epic scope and timeless truths render The Giuliana Legacy a true tale of the millennium - one which will fascinate readers and resonate in their hearts and souls for many years to come.
The Giuliana Legacy traces Julia's discovery of the frayed threads of a tapestry of mystical and healing traditions - threads only she can reweave. To recapture and reweave them into a pattern relevant to her world, Julia must travel from her native California to the distant island of Cyprus, her legacy's primal source, then on to the rustic hills of Tuscany, where she finds and revitalizes the abandoned family farm, discovering also its Sacred Gardens - the magical realm of the Giardani Goddess. There, among the ghosts and legends of her Etruscan ancestors, Julia's true inheritance unfolds, allowing her already burgeoning psychic gifts to flourish.
Bound to Julia's destiny and odyssey are three others: Andrei Anatolin, the Russian expatriate, gifted telepath, wandering savant and would-be monk, whose love for Julia draws him relentlessly to her and her cause; Madame Racine, the eternally elegant Parisienne and legendary player in the quest for world peace, whose loyalty to Julia's family compels her to risk her life's work; Gregor Danilenko, the sinister ex-KGB general who will stop at nothing to destroy Julia so that he can possess the priceless Giardani heirloom he believes will grant him immortality.
Julia knows she must find the heirloom before Danilenko, for only then will she hold the key to The Giuliana Legacy and be ready to truly serve as the Giardano Heiress, the healer and guide who helps others discover and devote themselves to abiding Divine Love. But first, she must surrender to and survive her ineluctable destiny: a deadly confrontation in which she must offer her life in order to uphold the eternal power of Love that her family has always served.
SPRING EQUINOX, 465 B.C.E.
LADY stood alone in an emerald glade high above Etruria's gentle hills. She held the year's first roses in honor of the peace-loving Goddess she'd been pledged to serve since birth.
Invaders were close. Already across the valley, long lines of warriors now snaked up the slopes of her own Sacred Mountain. Her younger brother hid near the edge of the woods, his mind calling out: Wanassa . . .
Wanassa,the age-old ritual title from which Lady's name derived. She lifted her face above the fragile cloud of roses, turned toward the call, prickly stems biting her short, sturdy arms. The breeze whipped loose strands of coppery curls against her cheeks as she scanned the woods, searching, then meeting the boy's gaze, asking her silent question: The Sacred Kestos?
The boy's response: Buried. Safe. But the people . . . scared.
She frowned, bit down hard on her chapped, lower lip. Lead them far from here. Hurry! Don't return...
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