Love, Lies, and Betrayal in Wartime Italy.
Two girls growing up in Mussolini’s Italy share a secret that has devastating consequences.
Against a backdrop of fear, poverty and confusion during the Second World War, friendship is tested, and loyalties are divided until a chance encounter changes everything.
Their lives diverge when beautiful, daring Martina marries and moves into Villa Leonida, the most prestigious house in their Tuscan mountain village, while plain, studious Irena trains to be a teacher.
But neither marriage nor life at Villa Leonida are as Martina imagined. And as other people’s lives take on a new purpose, Irena finds herself left behind.
Decades later, a tragedy at the villa coincides with the discovery of an abandoned baby, whose identity threatens to re-open old wounds among the next generation.
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My Thoughts and Review:
This is my first read by Katharine. I enjoyed this novel and would certainly look out for more by this author’
This is a story of secrets, but also lies, betrayal and treachery. A story that draws the reader in and keeps them reading.
The story involves the relationships and interplay between three women. Two elder Irena and Martina and the younger Sonia.
The first chapter sets the scene and reveals the first secret, but this is the first of many. The story also contains scenes from war torn Italy and present day Italy. Martina and Irena are friends as young girls, but as the years pass will their relationship survive the strains of their secrets, hopes and dreams. Read on and all will be revealed. And believe me once this book grips you you will read! The writing is of top quality and the main characters are masterstrokes of perfection. Building their complexity and their relationships without overloading the reader with too much detail. A book I thoroughly enjoyed and I’m sure you will to!
Author Bio –
Katharine Johnson likes writing about ordinary people who through a character flaw or bad decision find themselves in extraordinary situations. She’s a journalist living in Berkshire, England with her family and springy spaniel. When she’s not writing you’ll find her exploring cities, visiting old houses, playing netball, eating cake or restoring her house in Italy which is nothing like Villa Leonida.
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