Podcast with The Long Island History Project:  December 1, 2019.  http://www.longislandhistoryproject.org/a-writing-life-on-long-island/
Currently writing, The Bayman’s Daughter, a Time-Slip Novel.
Now Available!  The Porcelain Doll by Theresa Dodaro  (Available for Libraries to purchase from Ingram.)
The Porcelain Doll is a story about two girls, one Catholic and one Jewish, growing up in East Prussia during WWII. Follow the girls through the war years and after as they become refugees and, eventually, find their way to America.
Reviews of The Porcelain Doll by Theresa Dodaro:
Sep 04, 2019 Maryellen Ruggiero rated it 5 stars  It was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading EVERY single page of this AWESOME historical fiction book. The Author’s use of WONDERFUL descriptions made me feel like I was actually living the part. LOVED the way this Author educated us on the wartime sinking of the German Wilhelm Gustloff in January 1945 in World War II by a Soviet Navy submarine, with an estimated loss of about 9,400 people, remains the deadliest maritime disaster ever. EVERYBODY knows of the Titanic, yet this was much more devastating, from the Titanic 1,517 people were killed, less than six times the amount of the Gustloff. WHY?
My emotions were all over the place while reading this from literally laughing out loud, to crying to cheering! The ending and how it all intertwined was a GEM! Can’t wait to begin the Tin Box Secret, Reawakening and The Hope Chest…..Thank you Ms. Theresa Dodaro, BRAVO to a job well done!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Dec. 01, 2018 Gladys Roesch rated it 5 stars  it was amazing
i thought this was an excellent book I am a huge fan of this author. I read the tin box trilogy also excellent she is the type of author who captures your attention from the very beginning. I highly suggest these books to anyone who likes to enjoy what they read. The tin box trilogy and The porcelain doll by Theresa Dodaro.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         AMAZON REVIEWS:

Terry D.

October 19, 2019

My book club selected this. With alot going on right now I was at first viewing it as another to-do on my list. From the moment I opened the book that changed. The story is so well written that I found myself brought into it. I felt like I was walking among the characters; they came alive for me. The story touched my heart and soul in a way very few books have. I very rarely save my books but this will indeed remain in my collection. I can’t wait to start The Tin Box Secret!                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars
Another treasure!
March 7, 2019
Format: Paperback
The Porcelain Doll is a wonderful and welcomed new addition to Dodaro’s previous works. Without spoiling too many details, the story smoothy transitions between the life experiences of two women who live different yet related lives impacted by the second world war. The narrative elegantly interweaves historical facts, descriptive narratives, and many raw life experiences. The end result is an excellent page-turner that consistently draws the reader into another space and time wherein both our differences and similarities as humans stand in stark relief. A must read, even for those who don’t normally enjoy this genre.
Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars
Porcelain Doll is a must read
December 31, 2018
Format: Paperback

The Porcelain Doll was the best book I read this year. I have read other books about survivors but this was by far the most intriguing. I could not put the book down. The author describes in elegant detail the experiences all the characters. The two girls who were the main characters share a loving bond as they escape from Europe and settle in America. Ms. Dodaro weaves together the story into such a wonderful fabric that makes the ending so touching. I liked it so much I gave the book as holiday presents to friends and relatives. Ms. Dodaro is an excellent author and I enjoyed her Tin Box Trilogy books.

Beverly Schweppe

I am still processing the emotions I felt when reading this story. It was so heart breaking and yet uplifting too .. I just don’t have the words to share my thoughts and how I was so emotionally involved in the story. I couldn’t put it down and was emotionally drained.


5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome read!
December 22, 2018
Format: Paperback

Wonderfully written! She makes you feel that your in the story whether present day or during the war. Theresa has a real passion for giving her readers what they want and never disappoints. How she connects grandmother and granddaughter is heartwarming and special. Looking forward you her next book. I also recommended reading The Tin Box Trilogy, if you haven’t already done so.

 The Tin Box Secret and The Hope Chest were Finalists in the 2017 IAN Awards (Independent Author Network) in both Young Adult and Historical Fiction categories.

Reviews of The Tin Box Secret Audible Version:

(An audible download of The Tin Box Secret is now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! Go to The Tin Box Secret page on Amazon and listen to the first pages of the book for free!)



The Tin Box Secret: Theresa Dodaro

Oh My!!!

This is one of the best books I’ve listened to for a long while. The three main characters, young girls are getting ready for high school. The plot flows continually, in an ever changing way. It does not get lost or bogged down along the way. We get mysteries, historical fiction, coming of age, dysfunctional families, romance / obsession, and even a bit of paranormal. I’m excited to see where the rest of this series goes, as it did leave a bit of a cliff-hanger.

The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Laura Jennings brought these characters to life!!!

The Tin Box Secret, was published in October 2015 and is currently available at Amazon.com.  The second book, The Hope Chest, was published in July 2016 and is also currently available at Amazon.com.  The third book, Reawakening, was published in May 2017.

Theresa started writing her blog, Raising Drama, when her children became teenagers.  The blog expanded to include stories she wrote about her ancestors’ lives, the struggles of watching her mother suffer from Memory Loss, and stories about her beloved pets, Daisy and Duke.

Theresa Dodaro grew up in Baldwin on Long Island, New York, and graduated from Stony Brook University before working in Publishing and Marketing.

The trilogy was inspired by Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, which was published in 1899.  It was thought to be so inappropriate for women to read that it was ordered to be taken off of bookshelves.  Kate Chopin’s work of fiction affected Theresa greatly when she read it in college. The idea of the lack of choice that women experienced in centuries past, motivated her to write this trilogy to inspire women, young and old alike, to appreciate the choices that they do have today.

Through her writing, Theresa hopes to pass along the message that no matter what has happened to you in the past, there is one choice that cannot be taken away from you:  You can choose to let the past destroy you, or you can choose to survive and thrive in spite of it.

Copies of Theresa Dodaro’s books are available at:

Fancy Nancy’s Country Store @ 399B N Montauk Hwy, Sayville, NY

The Catbird Seat @ 18 Main Street, Sayville, https://www.thecatbirdseat.us/ NY

The Chatham Bookstore @ 27 Main Street, Chatham, NY, https://chathambookstore.com/

Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine @ 110 N. Park Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY, http://turnofthecorkscrew.com/.

Saunderskill Farms @ 5100 Route 209, Accord, NY; http://www.saunderskill.com/