“Tragic; she was very young.’
“She was only thirty eight.’
“Yes; I remember she told me. I am of course a little older than your mother.’
“Jim is my real father and we have not long known each other. My real mother died during child birth at sixteen and my father was only fifteen at the time.’
The food was served and plates were passed around the table so that everyone got a piece of something.’
Paulo and Dawn were still in conversation as Rosina told her father that Dawn had just signed a recording contract and that her record was being released next week.
Maybe she will sing for us after dinner.’“ We Italian’s love to sing you know.’
“I would be glad to sing for you Signor Conti do you have a piano?’
“Yes, we do it’s a good one I pay a lot of money for it.’
Dawn got up from the table and went to the piano and gently ran her fingers across the keys to hear what the acoustics were like then went straight into “Remember Yesterday” she sang every word from the heart and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when she had finished and the customers all stood up and applauded.’
She followed that one with “Broken Hearts Can Never Mend” which Rosina told her father that this would be her first single.’
She sings like someone much older said her father.’ I do not mean that in a disrespectful way Jim.’ You would think it was a woman singing it not a girl.’
“I know even Tony Husband from RCA records couldn’t believe it when he heard her sing.’
“She will go a long way; she is very talented.’
“Dawn began to play some Italian music from Mario Lanza and Caruso.’
And the customers listened as Paulo got up to sing himself.’
He had a good tenor voice and Rosina loved to hear him sing as it reminded her of when she was little and her mother was alive. Sophia Conti died as a result of a skiing accident when she collided with a tree causing a massive brain trauma.
Rosina was only five when her mother died; she had taken it upon herself to look after her father being the only girl.
Her father is a very proud man and tries to do everything himself. He built up his restaurants from nothing and is now very wealthy.’
“He hoped to pass on the business to his son Andrea if he could prevent him from driving formula one racing cars. Andrea’s boyhood hero was Alberto Ascari who won the world title in 1952 and 1953 and he wanted to emulate him. Each weekend Andrea would be behind the wheel of a racing car and would be driving around the track at Silverstone. He had the interest of Ferrari who wanted to sponsor him but he went with Lotus who offered him more money and better cars to drive. He was only seventeen and was also studying engineering a college which came in handy when building faster cars; Andrea was always looking to get more out of an engine and he would spend hours in the garage after helping his father in the restaurant tinkering and tweaking the engine of his racing car hoping that he would find the solution to make his car go quicker around the track but stop the car over rotating when the cars back end would lift off the ground. He was building roof flaps that would enable to keep the car on the track but allow the car to travel at higher speeds. His prototype made from fibreglass was lighter than aluminium was still in the experimental stages but Lotus had given him free reign to work on the new design.