Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Danielle Grandinetti & Sheltered by the Doctor

Posted May 23, 2024 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Danielle Grandinetti, giveaway, historical, mystery/suspense, romance / 11 Comments


Sheltered by the Doctor Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Sheltered by the Doctor by Danielle Grandinetti, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted as always to have Danielle on the blog today to talk about her new book!

Sheltered by the Doctor

SHELTERED BY THE DOCTOR by Danielle Grandinetti
SERIES: Harbored in Crow’s Nest #5
GENRE: Historical Romantic Suspense (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Hearth Spot Press
RELEASE DATE: May 21, 2024
PAGES: 302

A fake relationship might keep her safe, but will it break their hearts?

Wisconsin, 1931—Mindy Zahn can’t understand why her parents deserted the family farm, leaving her mute younger sister in her care. Until her mother’s cryptic warning to keep her sister safe becomes a life-threatening task.

Searching for that elusive something to ease his weary heart, Dr. Nick Matrone is drawn to the cheery Mindy. He would never presume to bring such a sweet woman into his beleaguered past, so friendship is all he can offer. Except, he doesn’t expect needing to save her life.

As the danger grows, they both must battle through physical and emotional wounds to have a hope of their counterfeit relationship becoming true.

Welcome to Crow’s Nest, where danger and romance meet at the water’s edge.

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Other Books in This Series

Confessions to a Stranger      Relying on the Enemy


Danielle Grandinetti guest post

5 Italian Fun Facts about Me

by Danielle Grandinetti, author of Sheltered by the Doctor

Sheltered by the Doctor is partially an Own-Voices story. Nick is an Italian immigrant who left Italy and came to America as a boy, like my grandfather. While I never had the privilege of meeting my grandfather since he passed too soon … my Italian grandmother lived with us for several years during my youth. However, it wasn’t until I made my own journey to Italy that I understood just how much my Italian heritage shaped me.

1. I talk with my hands.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve joked that the quickest way for me to clam up is for me to sit on my hands. I can’t talk and not use my hands. The thing is, it’s not just any gestures. When I’m upset about something, they turn exceptionally Italian! Can I be more stereotypical Italian? Maybe!

2. I can’t follow a recipe.

Seriously. Recipes are more like guidelines. Better yet, don’t even use one. Oh, and seasonings are meant to be added until it tastes right. Do I add garlic, oregano, and basil to almost every dish? Yes. Yes, I do. But at the right time because the flavors must be infused, not overwhelm the food.

3. Speaking Italian comes easily.

I had no idea just how much Italian I absorbed listening to my grandmother over my formative years. She spoke flawless English, but Italian words would often punctuate her conversation. And if she was around one of her siblings? Mamma Mia! So while I didn’t understand the translation of the words, when I studied Italian in Italy, and spoke it in broken conversation while I lived there, the cadence of it came astonishingly naturally.

4. I look Mediterranean.

Not supermodel, Italian fashionista, but an Italian mamma from southern Italy (which is where my Italian family originated). In other words, I’m short, round, and have dark hair and olive skin that turns exceptionally dark when I’m in the sun. Some of Dr. Nick’s struggle with his looks come from my own experiences. This is also why I tend to write heroines with darker hair.

5. I love my history

The 1920s-1930s hold a fascination for me because my grandmother grew up in an Italian neighborhood of Chicago during those years and I grew up on her stories. She’d talk of hearing the sirens on the day of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Of the lean years when food and work were hard to come by. Of her older sister, who had been left in Italy when their parents came to America. Have I seen Al Capone’s mausoleum? Yes, because it’s in the same cemetery where my great-grandparents are buried. Along with other Italians.

While I fit the Italian stereotypes in many ways, I’m also so much more. Italians are so much more.

This is why I love to write Italian characters. Some characteristics are stereotypical for a reason, others because of prejudice. And that theme is very much what Sheltered by the Doctor is about. The color of our skin, the learning disabilities we have, the traumas we’ve faced … they have shaped us into who we are.

There are some who will pigeon-hole, stereotype … but the color of our skin or hair. Our heritage. The ways our brains are wired. These are not faulty problems to be fixed. They are beautiful. You are beautiful, and loved, just the way God made you.

Just ask the Italians. Da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo are among our number, after all.


Danielle Grandinetti

Danielle Grandinetti is an award-winning inspirational romance author fueled by tea and books. As a FHLCW Reader’s Choice and Selah Award Finalist, she mixes romance, suspense, and history to bring her stories to life. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she now lives along Lake Michigan’s Wisconsin shoreline with her husband and their two young sons. Find her online at daniellegrandinetti.com.

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Sheltered by the Doctor JustRead Tours blog giveaway

(1) winner will win a Crow’s Nest Prize Bundle which includes a print copy of Confessions to a Stranger, a Crow’s Nest canvas tote, a Crow’s Nest paperback notebook and Crow’s Nest stickers!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight May 22, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 29, 2024. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Sheltered by the Doctor by Danielle Grandinetti? Do you have immigrants in your family tree, only a couple of generations away from you? How has your own family heritage shaped you?

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11 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Danielle Grandinetti & Sheltered by the Doctor

  1. Donna Irvin

    I loved how the author in the interview stated how she weaves her Italian heritage into the book! Plus the book just sounds interesting!

  2. Danielle – Have you seen the movie Mother Cabrini (released March 2024, through Angel Studios). Based on your heritage, you’d love this movie which is based on the true story of an Italian nun who immigrated to the New York City slums.

  3. Anne

    A captivating and wonderful story which interests me greatly. This historical and the era and story is a real treasure to enjoy.

  4. Roxanne C.

    I especially enjoyed Danielle’s guest post about how her Italian heritage has shaped her and her writing.

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