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Maria-Luisa would not conform to 1930's Italian culture.  Despite suffering irreplaceable losses, she and her daughter survived World War II, murder, and broken relationships.  This is a story of the persistence and resilience of these astounding, complicated and talented women.  

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My Story

As a co-founder of a healthcare start-up, Covid was a difficult time, a time of tremendous economic uncertainty. When business slowed, however, I had an opportunity to explore, read and research topics I have been interested in but had not really had the time to investigate. 

Before I knew it, I began to see the formation of this story unfolding before me.  Each item I researched gave me fresh ideas and new angles to explore.   The dramatic events and emotional upheaval during the book's timeline were a challenge to comprehend.  In the end I found myself humbled, inspired, awed, and grateful.  I have been blessed with the support and encouragement of friends and family to turn my research into this novel.  I hope you enjoy it. 


A historical fiction novel about surviving World War II and the Cold War, murder, earthquakes, and abuse. 


An excerpt: 


"The Russian soldiers put guns to the foreheads of both Chiara and Maria-Luisa. Max was forced to prove his musical profession by an audition. Chiara watched, frozen, sniffling, unable to cry anymore at this point, the smell of gunpowder from the muzzle of the gun to her face, burning her nose, the heat singeing her cheek, while her father auditioned for their lives."

A historical fiction novel about surviving World War II and the Cold War, murder, earthquakes, and abuse. 




As reviewed by Feathered Quill:

Mark Jamilkowski’s debut novel, The Road to Moresco, is a fascinating tale. The complexities and layers ... are difficult to capture in [a short review]… however, I commend Jamilkowski for the fantastic …attention to detail …in this rich body of work.  The Road To Moresco doesn’t disappoint throughout [including] …wonderful nuggets of history that are woven into [this] intriguing story.

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