“Bashful Lucy” is inspired by the true life story of Lucy Albano and told by a son who was privy to many of the secrets that had not even been revealed to his five older sisters. The story tells of a love affair that grew out of an 'arranged marriage.' It chronicles the incredible life of a woman who raised seven children and went on to become an entrepreneur that had bankers standing tall in her presence long before "women's lib" was even a known expression in American society.
The author has chosen to use names for his characters that gives more ethnicity to the families and his story. Lucy's mother was an "Aiello" before marriage, however. But the Santosi name is a product of his imagination; it’s called “literary license!”