The Fisherman's Daughter
Eighteen-year-old Marianna De'Angelis has grown up on her father's fishing boat off the picturesque coast of Sicily, Italy. She traverses the nearby countryside on horseback and bicycle and works alongside her mother selling fish at market. It is a simple, happy life. But when WWII erupts and the Nazis overtake the country, Marianna's peaceful world is shattered.In the midst of chaos, Marianna encounters a handsome, young Italian soldier named Massimo Scalvone. Though she tries to keep her distance, Marianna finds herself powerfully drawn to Massimo. Yet all the while, the man she is growing to love conceals a deadly secret—a secret that ensures that in a world now ruled by politics and greed, Massimo is not free to give his heart. Devastated, Marianna immerses herself in helping her family and neighbors survive the war. But soon, merely helping is not enough, and the young woman undertakes increasingly dangerous missions for the resistance. Although Marianna and Massimo each harbor secrets, their only hope of survival is to trust each other with the truth of who they really are.

The Fisherman's Daughter Details

TitleThe Fisherman's Daughter
Author
ReleaseJan 1st, 2018
PublisherCovenant Communications
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, War, World War II

The Fisherman's Daughter Review

  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    January 1, 1970
    I love historical fiction. It's one of my favorite genres to read. This book is set in Italy during WWII. War is a horrible thing and it is sometimes difficult to read about because so many people suffer in so many different ways. But it also reminds me that there were heroes everywhere- ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help and protect each other. This book does a good job of balancing the horrors of war with the hope of good people.This book painted some beautiful pictures in my h I love historical fiction. It's one of my favorite genres to read. This book is set in Italy during WWII. War is a horrible thing and it is sometimes difficult to read about because so many people suffer in so many different ways. But it also reminds me that there were heroes everywhere- ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help and protect each other. This book does a good job of balancing the horrors of war with the hope of good people.This book painted some beautiful pictures in my head. Even the difficult scenes were vivid and played out like a movie for me. I love when I can so easily picture what is happening in my head.The story is a slower one and has a gentle feel to it, even when my heart started pounding with anticipation. The writing is very pretty.I really enjoyed this story. I don't think I've read anything by this author before but I'll be on the lookout for more.Content: Some violence, death associated with war, kissing- I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)
    January 1, 1970
    War. It's a hard subject to think about. The suffering of a nation under the rule of a conquering nation is difficult. While the subject matter can be difficult, the thing that I love is that people rise up and work to help their neighbor and end the domination that armies inflict upon people.This book takes place during the German occupation of Italy. The Italian people felt betrayed by Mussolini, who basically handed the country over to the Germans. Young men are forced to fight for the Nazi's War. It's a hard subject to think about. The suffering of a nation under the rule of a conquering nation is difficult. While the subject matter can be difficult, the thing that I love is that people rise up and work to help their neighbor and end the domination that armies inflict upon people.This book takes place during the German occupation of Italy. The Italian people felt betrayed by Mussolini, who basically handed the country over to the Germans. Young men are forced to fight for the Nazi's, families are homeless and hungry, and homes and assets are seized unfairly by soldiers. This is the climate of the book, The Fisherman's Daughter.The book is well written and has great pacing. I enjoyed the characters. They are strong people who are determined to make a difference. I enjoyed how Melinda Sue Sanchez was able to make me feel as if I were watching the events of the story. I could visualize the people and places because of her descriptions.I highly recommend this book to any and all readers.Source: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Sheila
    January 1, 1970
    The Fisherman's Daughter is a war story showing what life was like for those who were left behind. Marianna is the main character living in her small Italian town off the coast of Sicily. The town has been taken over by the German Nazis. This novel is also a love story between Marianna and the grandson of her neighbors. Massimo is full of secrets that could endanger both of their lives.Things I loved:-I truly loved the writing from this author. Her descriptions of the this quaint town bring you The Fisherman's Daughter is a war story showing what life was like for those who were left behind. Marianna is the main character living in her small Italian town off the coast of Sicily. The town has been taken over by the German Nazis. This novel is also a love story between Marianna and the grandson of her neighbors. Massimo is full of secrets that could endanger both of their lives.Things I loved:-I truly loved the writing from this author. Her descriptions of the this quaint town bring you there. You can almost hear, see, smell and taste everything that is happening. It makes me even more excited to visit there some day. I just recently found out after taking a DNA test, that I'm 72% Italian, and they said it's a 95% likelihood that my ancestors came from Sicily. So of course I was excited to read a book based on happenings there. -I liked Marianna. She is a strong, stubborn young lady who is fighting quietly to protect her family and the less fortunate in her town. You can't help but love this character as she draws people to her with her kindness and her warmth. Her devotion to her parents and her brother is heart warming. Characters are huge to me in a novel and this author truly knows how to write memorable characters. -I really liked the sweet romance between Marianna and Massimo. Even with the darker theme of World War II taking place, the romance in this story gave much needed light. I also loved their times together. One thing that Massimo said to Marianna almost made me swoon. He said, "Signorina De'Angelis,I surrendered the moment I laid eyes on you." Yes, that was actually sigh worthy, and yes, there is kissing. But, this romance has many bumps along the way that made me anxious at times. That's all I'm going to say or I'll give too much away. More than half way through the book things shift and everyone in this little town and the surrounding areas get thrown into the war. Things get very intense and I could not quit reading. Honestly, you'll be glued to the pages as the story takes a violent turn and lives are threatened. There are so many heart thumping moments where some happenings actually made me gasp as I read. I almost felt like I was reading two separate books, but both were very good. I'm so glad that this is the first book I read in the new year. What a great start! This is my first book I've read from this author, but I can tell you that I hope it won't be the last. This story will stay with me for awhile. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone reading my reviews.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I was drawn to this book by the cover. I love to read about the Second World War, and have enjoyed many books lately that are based on this time period. I have never read anything from an Italian perspective and know very little about Sicily. I imagined they'd have less involvement in the war, based on their geographic location, so all in all this was an enlightening read. When it comes to the story however, I really struggled with this one. From the very beginning I disliked the overuse of desc I was drawn to this book by the cover. I love to read about the Second World War, and have enjoyed many books lately that are based on this time period. I have never read anything from an Italian perspective and know very little about Sicily. I imagined they'd have less involvement in the war, based on their geographic location, so all in all this was an enlightening read. When it comes to the story however, I really struggled with this one. From the very beginning I disliked the overuse of descriptive language. I appreciate when this is done well, because it has the power to transport you right in amongst the pages. Instead I found myself falling over the excess of it. I couldn't gel with either Marianna or Massimo - and their relationship seemed to develop quickly. The pace of this story is incredibly slow. I found myself skim reading huge passages and getting distracted by everything and anything. I almost bought this book based on cover alone and I'm so glad I did. If you like your books at a sedate pace I can image you may prefer this more than I did. Thank you to Netgalley & Covenant Communications for the eARC. This is my honest review.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the Sicilian setting of this one as I haven't read many WWII books set in Italy. I wasn't crazy about the characters, though, as they seemed too perfect to be real. The romance between Marianna and Massimo felt insta-lovey and melodramatic. They talked about all the chemistry between them, but I never really FELT it if that makes sense. This novel also starts out really, really slowly. The action picks up in the last 3/4 of the book, but the rest of the story is pretty dull. I always app I liked the Sicilian setting of this one as I haven't read many WWII books set in Italy. I wasn't crazy about the characters, though, as they seemed too perfect to be real. The romance between Marianna and Massimo felt insta-lovey and melodramatic. They talked about all the chemistry between them, but I never really FELT it if that makes sense. This novel also starts out really, really slowly. The action picks up in the last 3/4 of the book, but the rest of the story is pretty dull. I always appreciate a sweet, clean romance, but this one was a bit of a slog for me.
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  • Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
    January 1, 1970
    Okay let's be honest shall we? This book is slow paced, super slow paced. It is a good book but I continually found myself putting it down and being distracted by other more exciting things. While I enjoyed the sparks between Marianna and Massimo, once again it was just too slow moving for me personally. The time era the book is set in is World War II and there is a lot of suffering and sadness surrounding the time and described in the book itself; some may find that hard to read. This is defini Okay let's be honest shall we? This book is slow paced, super slow paced. It is a good book but I continually found myself putting it down and being distracted by other more exciting things. While I enjoyed the sparks between Marianna and Massimo, once again it was just too slow moving for me personally. The time era the book is set in is World War II and there is a lot of suffering and sadness surrounding the time and described in the book itself; some may find that hard to read. This is definitely not your light and fluffy type romance. It is deeper and full of hardship.
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I’m glad I kept reading. The beginning was a little slow as the plot was being weaved, but man it picked up speed and I couldn’t put this one down. I feel that there could be a sequel to this one and I would definitely read that too. WW2 from the Italian occupied Germany perspective. The loss of freedom and loved ones makes courage strong and natives want to act on their impressions to do something. 18 year old Marianna lives on a farm in the countryside that is sheltered somewhat from the Wow! I’m glad I kept reading. The beginning was a little slow as the plot was being weaved, but man it picked up speed and I couldn’t put this one down. I feel that there could be a sequel to this one and I would definitely read that too. WW2 from the Italian occupied Germany perspective. The loss of freedom and loved ones makes courage strong and natives want to act on their impressions to do something. 18 year old Marianna lives on a farm in the countryside that is sheltered somewhat from the roaming German soldiers. She takes supplies to the poor and needy Italians despite the risk to herself, but wants to do more.
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  • Tessa
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to like this book more than I did. The cover was what first attracted me to it and my general love of historical fiction. However, I do not think that the author did a good job of balancing the terrors of war vs the relationships developed in the story. This book left me feeling depressed and hopeless. While war is of course difficult, and the terrors associated with war can be unbearable, a well-written historical novel will balance that with the heroes and hope for humanity. Th I really wanted to like this book more than I did. The cover was what first attracted me to it and my general love of historical fiction. However, I do not think that the author did a good job of balancing the terrors of war vs the relationships developed in the story. This book left me feeling depressed and hopeless. While war is of course difficult, and the terrors associated with war can be unbearable, a well-written historical novel will balance that with the heroes and hope for humanity. This book does not do that. Even the ending left me wanting. Overall, this book was slow, depressing, and long, with only bits of hope thrown in.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    Marianna De'Angelis is a warm, energetic fisherman's daughter in Sicily whose life revolves around family, friends, and helping the poor of her native land during the Nazi occupation in WWII. Wanting nothing more than for Italy and Italians to be free of Mussolini and Hitler and for life to return to it's previous peacefulness, Marianna works toward freedom in her small ways and, aside from fear of the unknown, is relatively happy during the war. When Massimo Scalvone enters the scene and they f Marianna De'Angelis is a warm, energetic fisherman's daughter in Sicily whose life revolves around family, friends, and helping the poor of her native land during the Nazi occupation in WWII. Wanting nothing more than for Italy and Italians to be free of Mussolini and Hitler and for life to return to it's previous peacefulness, Marianna works toward freedom in her small ways and, aside from fear of the unknown, is relatively happy during the war. When Massimo Scalvone enters the scene and they fall in love, her fear and local tensions escalate quickly as she discovers that Massimo is a very important person to an Italian government official, and their love could change the course of the war in Italy.A page-turning historical fiction love story, I very much enjoyed the intrigue and cultural details included in this book. My only complaint would be cheesy love scenes; otherwise the author's skill at describing war scenes, spy activity, and political intrigue were all that could be desired in historical fiction. I learned something new (as always) about yet another facet of WWII, and grew attached to charismatic and engaging characters.Thank you to @netgalley and Covenant Communications for an advanced electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. “The Fisherman's Daughter” published January 1st, 2018.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    Very fun clean historical fiction, set in Italy at the end of WW2. (Read in honor of my missionary in Italy.)
  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    I would give this a 3.5 star rating. I liked the love story between Marianna and Massimo. The ending was really sweet.
  • Michelle Llewellyn
    January 1, 1970
    With nothing graphic or offensive in this incredibly slow paced, very wordy tale, two stars is the best I can do. When the big plot complication was finally revealed on p. 94 I groaned and started skimming. I don't think I missed much.Set in Italy during WWII, the reader is introduced to eighteen year old Marianna and twentysomething Massimo and the chapters alternate between their POVs. Marianna is...wait for it...the daughter of a fisherman, hardly relevant to the plot as there's very little f With nothing graphic or offensive in this incredibly slow paced, very wordy tale, two stars is the best I can do. When the big plot complication was finally revealed on p. 94 I groaned and started skimming. I don't think I missed much.Set in Italy during WWII, the reader is introduced to eighteen year old Marianna and twentysomething Massimo and the chapters alternate between their POVs. Marianna is...wait for it...the daughter of a fisherman, hardly relevant to the plot as there's very little fishing going on amidst a war that's about to reek havoc on everyone's lives. Perhaps the author intended it as a metaphor for dating as this very single, tomboyish, never-noticed-a-boy-in-her-life Marianna keeps running into this young man named Massimo who is soooo unbelievably handsome and soooo attracted to Marianna; he might as well sparkle in the sunlight. Alas, there's a (very weak) plot complication that will keep these two star-crossed lovers apart until the very last page. Marianna believes her new boyfriend was forced to marry while Massimo believes Marianna and her family is dead thanks to the war bombings. Marianna and Massimo have their own adventures-nursing in a war hospital, fighting in various battles until he gets injured. The reader must plod through paragraphs of flowery language, various kidnappings and Nazi attacks on all the characters, wondering-how long until these two fools discover their misunderstandings and be reunited?Can anyone say, "Cliché?"WWII is a fascinating subject but makes for a poor antagonist in a historical fiction novel. There's some mild violence, characters getting beat up by those Nazi bullies, Massimo getting shot, ect, and the romance never goes beyond a kiss or two between the two characters.
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  • Adrienne
    January 1, 1970
    Having grown up on the island of Sicily, Marianna is fiercely loyal to her country and dismayed that Mussolini has allied their country with Nazi Germany. Fearful for what this means for her country and her family--including her brother, who is forced to join the army, Marianna longs to do all she can to help free her country. When a handsome young man, Massimo, comes to stay with his grandparents, who are neighbors of Marianna's family, Marianna finds herself drawn to him in a way she has never Having grown up on the island of Sicily, Marianna is fiercely loyal to her country and dismayed that Mussolini has allied their country with Nazi Germany. Fearful for what this means for her country and her family--including her brother, who is forced to join the army, Marianna longs to do all she can to help free her country. When a handsome young man, Massimo, comes to stay with his grandparents, who are neighbors of Marianna's family, Marianna finds herself drawn to him in a way she has never experienced before. Although Massimo cares for her, too, he isn't free to love her--and their feelings for each other could put them both in danger. When they are torn apart by the war, both do all that they can to support the partisans working to assist the Allies.I really enjoy reading World War II stories, and I haven't read many (if any) set in Italy, so the location pulled me in. The pace was a little slow for my liking, but I liked seeing the work of the partisans. This is a good choice for those who like clean historical romances.I read a copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    Historical fiction is not usually my go-to for reading, but everyone once in a while I do like to include a book of this genre. I always seem to be pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoy historical fiction. This was no exception. This book, set in Italy, during WWII enlightened me about another facet of this terrible time in our history. I really felt like I had exhausted learning anything new about the Nazis but this book proved that wrong.It is a slow paced book with writing that draws you i Historical fiction is not usually my go-to for reading, but everyone once in a while I do like to include a book of this genre. I always seem to be pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoy historical fiction. This was no exception. This book, set in Italy, during WWII enlightened me about another facet of this terrible time in our history. I really felt like I had exhausted learning anything new about the Nazis but this book proved that wrong.It is a slow paced book with writing that draws you in and really makes you feel like you have been to this area. One section of the book, the catacombs, will stay with me for a long time. I felt the panic and anxiousness of Marianna.There were times when this descriptive writing went a little over the top for me. Mostly the scenes between Marianna and Massissimo. I felt at times , like I was reading a Harlequin romance and I had a hard time believing in a relationship that moved so fast.I would recommend this book to others who enjoy this genre--
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI was drawn into this story right away, but it had a very slow pace and I found myself getting distracted by other things. But, once I got back into it I was quite interested to find out what would happen to Marianna and Massimo.I thought it was well written and I really came to care for the main characters. Marianna was such a strong and courageous character, always wanting to help those around her.This time in history is tough (WWII Italy), and there was a lot of suffering shared in t 3.5 starsI was drawn into this story right away, but it had a very slow pace and I found myself getting distracted by other things. But, once I got back into it I was quite interested to find out what would happen to Marianna and Massimo.I thought it was well written and I really came to care for the main characters. Marianna was such a strong and courageous character, always wanting to help those around her.This time in history is tough (WWII Italy), and there was a lot of suffering shared in the story. I appreciated that the author was able to convey the horrors of war without going too much in depth with graphic violence.The espionage was quite intriguing. There were so many players, and the fact that so many willingly risk their lives for the greater good is heartening.I would read more by this author.Content-wise there is violence and some passionate kissing. *I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    I received a Kindle version of this book at my request, so that I could leave a voluntary review.The Fisherman’s Daughter was an interesting take on WWII from a different perspective that you truly do not get very often from historical fiction set in that time period. I was very interested in reading Melinda Sue Sanchez’s version of this story as the female lead, Marianna De’Angelis gives us a first person view of what Italy was like during the war. The book was well written as it described the I received a Kindle version of this book at my request, so that I could leave a voluntary review.The Fisherman’s Daughter was an interesting take on WWII from a different perspective that you truly do not get very often from historical fiction set in that time period. I was very interested in reading Melinda Sue Sanchez’s version of this story as the female lead, Marianna De’Angelis gives us a first person view of what Italy was like during the war. The book was well written as it described the vivid details of the coast of Sicily, the beautiful countryside while she rides her horse to sell her father’s fish at market, and how much she is drawn to the soldier Massimo Scalvone who is visiting his grandparents. Shortly after the first 10 chapters I felt as though the story tended to drag on and explain in exhaustive detail how Marianna starts to realize she’s falling in love with Massimo. The last 6-8 chapters really got exciting and had me spellbound as the war overtakes the family, Marianna, her neighbors who take she and her Mother in, Massimo, and Marianna’s efforts to help during the war. I wished that the last few chapters were told more in depth and more throughout the book instead of unveiled towards the end of the story.
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  • Susan K
    January 1, 1970
    Romance, clean; periodWW II novel with the story of Marianna and her family as war reaches their village. Massimo a soldier, comes to her village and they fall for each other. As war separates them, Marianna is faced with awful loss. As she takes charge of her situation, navigating it to the best of her ability, she is pulled into the war in a way she never thought possible. As they both navigate their circumstances and hold onto the memory of their heartfelt moments, war happens. Beautifully dr Romance, clean; periodWW II novel with the story of Marianna and her family as war reaches their village. Massimo a soldier, comes to her village and they fall for each other. As war separates them, Marianna is faced with awful loss. As she takes charge of her situation, navigating it to the best of her ability, she is pulled into the war in a way she never thought possible. As they both navigate their circumstances and hold onto the memory of their heartfelt moments, war happens. Beautifully drawn in the cities and villages of Italy, lovely, heartfelt, tragic, and engaging story of these two people brought together by war and their hearts.3 star is still a good read for me. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for fair and honest review. My opinions are my own.
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  • Jaime
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t know what it is with me and World War II lately but I seem to stumble upon books from that time period. I loved this book because I never had really given thought to the other side of things in that war :-( in this story the Italians were affected by having to fight with the Nazis and being forced even though they didn’t want to... I had always just thought of it as ‘bad guys’ and ‘good guys’ and I was ashamed while I was reading this book that I didn’t realize there were so many that di I don’t know what it is with me and World War II lately but I seem to stumble upon books from that time period. I loved this book because I never had really given thought to the other side of things in that war :-( in this story the Italians were affected by having to fight with the Nazis and being forced even though they didn’t want to... I had always just thought of it as ‘bad guys’ and ‘good guys’ and I was ashamed while I was reading this book that I didn’t realize there were so many that didn’t want to fight but we’re being forced to... The Germans would hold their family members as collateral and would kill them if they didn’t do what they wanted them to do.I was educated.
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  • Bonnie Gardner
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed reading this book. It is a romance set in Italy during WWII. Sanchez has a writing style that is very descriptive as she paints a picture with words, using metaphors and similes. Because of this, for me at least, it took the first few chapters before it really caught my interest. But then very quickly it became a book that I didn't want to put down. This story has a lot of action and danger and suspense associated with the war. I learned more about WWII in that area than I knew before. I enjoyed reading this book. It is a romance set in Italy during WWII. Sanchez has a writing style that is very descriptive as she paints a picture with words, using metaphors and similes. Because of this, for me at least, it took the first few chapters before it really caught my interest. But then very quickly it became a book that I didn't want to put down. This story has a lot of action and danger and suspense associated with the war. I learned more about WWII in that area than I knew before. I wondered if the heroine and hero could possibly ever be reunited. The ending did not disappoint.
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  • Kristen Stone
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the story very much. The end was better than the beginning. I read for pleasure and so that is why I can give a high rating. If you read to analyze the writing you will find a few minor grammatical issues that the editor did not catch. You also may think the beginning may be too descriptive. I also know that the descriptions of the Italy and the Italian people are accurate because she is a friend of mine and she lived in Italy. I pictured her daughters as the main female characters, wh I enjoyed the story very much. The end was better than the beginning. I read for pleasure and so that is why I can give a high rating. If you read to analyze the writing you will find a few minor grammatical issues that the editor did not catch. You also may think the beginning may be too descriptive. I also know that the descriptions of the Italy and the Italian people are accurate because she is a friend of mine and she lived in Italy. I pictured her daughters as the main female characters, which is a compliment because they are beautiful. For a debut novel, this was very well done and any future books will be even better.
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  • NaDell
    January 1, 1970
    Great book about an Italian village during WWII and several people in the village and surrounding areas who fought against the Nazis. Although it is fictional, there were real brave people who did similar acts of bravery for their country and mankind. Of course, the part I enjoyed the most is the romance part and the tension of "how will they end up together?" or 'what will happen now to them?" There are a lot of surprising and scary times in this book due to both war and the twists and turns th Great book about an Italian village during WWII and several people in the village and surrounding areas who fought against the Nazis. Although it is fictional, there were real brave people who did similar acts of bravery for their country and mankind. Of course, the part I enjoyed the most is the romance part and the tension of "how will they end up together?" or 'what will happen now to them?" There are a lot of surprising and scary times in this book due to both war and the twists and turns that happen in life. Very good book! I'd love to read more by this author.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book! Seriously, it is the best book I've read in a long time, and I read 3 books a week. The story was so well written and sucked me in from the beginning and kept me turning pages as quickly as I could. The aspect of how the Italians reacted to Mussolini joining with Hitler and how that impacted the Italian people was very interesting. I loved the characters and their selfless courage and the plot line was gripping. I can't wait to read more by this author! I highly rec I absolutely loved this book! Seriously, it is the best book I've read in a long time, and I read 3 books a week. The story was so well written and sucked me in from the beginning and kept me turning pages as quickly as I could. The aspect of how the Italians reacted to Mussolini joining with Hitler and how that impacted the Italian people was very interesting. I loved the characters and their selfless courage and the plot line was gripping. I can't wait to read more by this author! I highly recommend this book!
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  • Killerbee68
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book!! There was so much history and reality about what the people in Italy went thru during WW2. I actually learned a few things. I did not realize that Italy was fighting with Germany. I knew that Mussolini was but I guess I just didn’t put the two together. And the rebel groups that were fighting for freedom against Mussolini and the Germans wow!! They were amazing. They were so organized and the risks they took were crazy but at the same time so so affective. Needless to say, this Loved this book!! There was so much history and reality about what the people in Italy went thru during WW2. I actually learned a few things. I did not realize that Italy was fighting with Germany. I knew that Mussolini was but I guess I just didn’t put the two together. And the rebel groups that were fighting for freedom against Mussolini and the Germans wow!! They were amazing. They were so organized and the risks they took were crazy but at the same time so so affective. Needless to say, this is a top book on my list!!!!
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    This was the first book I have read by Melinda S Sanchez. She is a masterful writer and weaves a tapestry of amazing pictures just through her words. The story was sweet, sad, suspenseful, and riveting. The characters were well developed and the plot moved swiftly and steadily. The setting of a town in Sicily, Italy during World War II was interesting and picturesque. I will look for more books by this author.
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    A haunting love story emerges from the countryside of war torn Italy. It’s often easy to overlook how far the ravages of war spread and affected so many villages and innocent people. Torn from their homes, loved ones and each other Marianna and Massimo each help with the partisan war efforts, until their paths finally cross again. The book was suspenseful, heart wrenching and beautiful. The ending felt a little rushed, I wanted things to wrap up more completely but overall I enjoyed the story.
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  • Lydia
    January 1, 1970
    If you are a WWII fan this is a captivating, emotional piece that will grab your attention for the very start. The romance of Marianna and Massimo was beautifully crafted. They were flawed characters with so much strength to be admired. I truly appreciated the knowledge I gained of Sicily's struggles during WWII. I look forward to reading more of Melinda's novels.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This story sucked me in right away. It was very interesting to see WWII from the Italian peasants side of the story. I love learning history through historical fiction. Marianna and Massimo were lovely characters but really worked well to tell the story of the Italian resistance. I could feel the fear that the people were living through. Great story well worth a read!
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This was a much heavier book than I expected from the cover. (I guess I should have read the summary!) It is set during the war in Italy. A daughter wants nothing more than to help her ailing father & have her brother home from the war. A handsome stranger in town throws her entire life for a spin. This book had a little bit of everything: war, love, betrayal, grief & hope.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I give this book a 2.8. It was fine. I like a good romance, in fact I love it, but this had too much. Too much of the same. I also love historical fiction. I found that the 2nd 1/2 was an easy read, but it didn't feel very well researched, or very deep. It was all very surface. It wasn't bad, it was just okay.
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  • Lewestover
    January 1, 1970
    3 1/2 stars -- I'd not read any book about WWII and how it affected Sicily/Italy, so this book intrigued me. I was not disappointed. Like many 18 year old young women, Marianna's emotions tend to hit both ends of the spectrum. However, she is braver than most, determined in all she undertakes, and absolutely devoted to her family and her country -- and to Massimo.
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