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, Lds, Lds Fiction, Historical Romance, Christian Fiction

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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  • 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.
  • 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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  • Jennie
    January 1, 1970
    The first few chapters are slow and Marianna seems rather childish, then the story takes off and is exceptionally good. Those who like World War II stories will especially like this one told from ordinary Italian citizens' points of view.
  • Peta Benjamin
    January 1, 1970
    Review coming
  • Shala
    January 1, 1970
    This book really dragged for me. I found myself just skimming the last half of the book. I wish it was more historical fiction and less romance.
  • Ralene Butcher
    January 1, 1970
    Could not stop listening, finished in 2 days! One of the best books I've read.
  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! A story that takes place in Italy during World War II. I loved the setting of Italy. I loved Marianna and her zest for life. The Fisherman’s Daughter will grip you till the very last page.
  • Karen Brimhall
    January 1, 1970
    I love love love this book! as the characters really came alive for me and I didn't want to put it down! I can't wait for more from this author!
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