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The Italian Rose

Mafia Series

Are you craving a page-turning Italian Mafia story packed with deceit, brewing family tension, murder, & revenge? 

Rosario Beretta grew up in poverty, but that didn’t stifle his ambition.  He returned to Brusnengo, Italy after WWI, married, and started building Beretta Vineyards: a lifelong dream and legacy to support his family for generations. 


When Rosario’s wealth grows, the provincial Godfather, Don Salvatore, puts in motion a treacherous web of traps to enslave Rosario and gain control of the profitable Beretta land. 


Rosario is a devoted family man who tries to keep those he loves safe from a greedy predator.   Every moment, his dream inches closer to a nightmare, and his legacy threatens to rip his family apart.

The Beretta’s and C. R. Mitchell serve up more than the best wine in Northern Italy.  In her debut novel, Revenge, Mitchell will teleport you to Beretta Vineyards in the cozy town of Brusnengo, Italy.  A charming place, perfect for a massacre.  First, a tour of the lush green vines with Rosario Beretta, and a wine sampling with his daughter Angelina.  Step into Sofia Beretta’s kitchen and fill your nose with the mouthwatering smells of sugo simmering, meatballs frying, bread baking, and fresh basil wafting in the air.  While the charming Angelina Beretta pours you a glass of wine, “Red or White?”, snuggle into a soft reading nook and prepare for an exciting, roller-coaster ride.


The Italian Rose I & II

2020 Page Turner Award Finalist.



"Thrilling and suspenseful. Kept me wanting more."


"Vivid imagery and mesmerizing story line."


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"There can be no Good without Evil."


One man dreams of growing his legacy while another man plots to strip it from him.

Rosario grew up impoverished, but his poverty did not stifle his ambition.  A veteran of The Great War, he returned to Brusnengo, married, and built Beretta Vineyards, a lifelong dream and legacy to support his family for generations.  But success comes at a high price, one that Rosario Beretta is not prepared to pay.


The Godfather plots to strip Rosario of his land and destroy his growing popularity in Brusnengo.   He puts in motion a treacherous web of traps to enslave Rosario and gain control of the profitable vineyard.   Impatient, The Godfather’s greedy ambition turns deadly.  Now, something far more valuable than Rosario’s legacy is in peril.

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Angelina thought the day of her family’s attack was the worst day of her life.  She was wrong. 

At the blissless celebration, the provincial Godfather, Don Salvatore, informs Angelina of her role in his wicked plan to destroy her family and seize control of Beretta Vineyards.  She fights back but discovers Don Salvatore is far more powerful and cunning than she is.  Angelina is doomed to become the Godfather’s puppet without her father’s protection.

When a stranger discreetly delivers a note from her father’s American friend, a spark of hope fuels Angelina’s escape plan.  Convinced the American is the key to protecting her family’s vineyard, Angelina sets out to find him, but Don Salvatore’s assassins follow, making a perilous journey deadly.

Her path is wrought with disaster and deceit.  People will die, and Angelina will have the worst day of her life.

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"I have done terrible things. 

Things even God cannot forgive."

~The Sinner 

In 2008, C. R. Mitchell’s husband encouraged her to use her natural talent as a storyteller to inspire others.  She immediately began writing her debut novel, The Italian Rose.  A few years later, her writing hobby became the only escape from her crumbling reality.  In 2014, an illness forced her to change every aspect of her life.   A workaholic and active in the community, Christina became an unemployed hermit who felt broken.  She clung to her faith and knew God had altered her life path for a reason.  She returned to her husband’s advice to inspire others by writing.  In her nonfiction book on managing pain, Mitchell draws from her personal triumphs over adversity, chronic pain, and depression to encourage others to embrace a victorious mindset.
Christina wrote The Italian Rose Mafia Series with a strong female protagonist to honor the formidable women in her life, most notably her mother.  Many of these powerful women prevailed in the sexist Italian culture.  Such strength inspired Mitchell to write a mob story about a woman’s climb to the head of the Italian mob.
Mitchell loves making vivid scenes with realistic characters for readers to fall in love with and antagonists they love to hate.  She believes a novel is an art that requires the author to use words like paint to bring a scene or character to life.  Christina believes her book achieves an artistic level when she laughs, cries, or shouts in disgust during her final read-through.
Christina is an active member of P.E.O., Chapter K.H.  The P.E.O. organization has awarded $398 million dollars in grants, scholarships, awards and loans for women’s education, a cause Christina is passionate about.

C. R. Mitchell lives in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri.  She cherishes time with her husband, children, family, and friends.  To soothe her soul, she snuggles with her Papillon puppy, plays the piano, and occasionally face-plants in chocolate.

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A Moment with
C. R. Mitchell

"What was your favorite moment while writing Revenge?

“When you watch a scary movie for the second, or third, or thousandth time, you know where the spooky parts are, but you still jump.  Right?  After reading and reading - for the thousandth time, I was editing a volatile scene between Don Salvatore and Angelina.  Even though I knew what was about to happen, the interaction snatched my emotions, and I shouted, You sick bastard!”

"What is your favorite scene in The Sinner?"

“That is a tough one.  I tend to like the moments that make you hold your breath and choke back tears at the same time.   There are several powerful moments, like the opening scene.   But the chapter when Maximus is forced to destroy someone he loves dreams and the next chapter are definitely the most intense!”

"With book two of The Italian Rose Series finished, what do you plan to write next?"

"Of the stories I have lined out, my book on managing pain is the most important to me.  I have experienced pain my entire life but learned to reinvent my day-to-day life, and I still enjoy special moments and events that make life beautiful.  This book’s uniqueness is derived from experience, not just from mine but also from my clients.  It is rewarding when someone expresses how much my recommendations helped in their daily lives. 

After the pain management book, I am itching to write my Magical Realism Story, based on an untapped magical lore."

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