Checking Out: The Patron Saint of Second Chances

Hannah Evans

Signor Speranza’s tiny Italian village of 212 people, Prometto, is in serious trouble, and only this vacuum repairman and self-appointed mayor can save it.

In Christine Simon’s lighthearted new novel, “The Patron Saint of Second Chances” (2022, Atria Books), Signor Speranza loves his sleepy town, despite its shrinking population and lack of excitement—and when he discovers that the village’s pipes are in need of a major repair or else the city’s water will be shut off, he takes it upon himself to find a solution.

In an act of desperation, Signor Speranza starts a rumor that famed movie star Dante Rinaldi will be filming nearby, but the plan escalates quickly when the entire town gets wrapped up in participating in this exciting but, unbeknownst to them, fictitious venture.

Simon’s quirky characters, charming small town descriptions and well-placed humor create a memorable and heartwarming glimpse into a love for one’s community as well as the joy of creativity for the sake of it.

Prometto is brought to life by their grassroots film project, despite its dubious beginnings. Signor Speranza simultaneously incites frustration over his harebrained schemes and a desire to heartily cheer him and his cause on, regardless of the chaos it seems to bring. 

Check out “the Patron Saint of Second Chances” at your closest Denver Public Library location or as an ebook on

Participate in the Berkeley Regis Historic Preservation Month Children’s Art Exhibit

May is Historic Preservation Month, and to celebrate, Historic Berkeley Regis and the Smiley Branch Library are hosting a children’s coloring contest and art exhibit. Pick up a coloring sheet and entry form at Smiley, 4501 W. 46th Ave., and turn it in before May 31 to be included in the exhibit. Submissions will be entered in a chance to win a $25 gift card to High Point Creamery.

Be sure to attend the Children’s Art Exhibit reception at Smiley on Friday, June 3, 3-6 p.m. for light refreshments and a first look at the submissions. Artwork will be displayed at Smiley through the month of June.
Find more information on the Historic Berkeley Regis Facebook page, Smiley Branch Library Facebook page and at Smiley Branch Library.


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  1. Thank You for the book recommendation! I have just ordered it and look forward to a quick escape to Italy.

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