Title: The Italian Island
Author: Daniela Sacerdoti
Publication Date: January 11, 2022
Page Count: 259
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
My darling girl, don’t make the same mistakes as I did. Now that my life is coming to an end, take your grandmother’s bracelet, unlock the secret of our family history, and discover who you are…
As the hazy sun sets on golden sand, twenty-year-old Annie arrives on the stunning Sicilian island of Galatea, her father’s final wish playing heavy on her heart: she must solve the mystery of her grandmother who disappeared during World War Two. Her only clues are the delicate gold band around her wrist and directions to Villa Onda – House of the Waves – where her grandmother once lived.
As she climbs the winding road up to the cliffside villa, Annie’s path collides with handsome local fisherman, Salvo. His sea-blue eyes sparkle with recognition at her bracelet, and Annie can’t tell if it’s his warm touch or the sun-kissed villa’s vine-covered splendour that takes her breath away. Swept into the warm arms of Salvo’s family, it’s not long before she finds herself dancing the night away in the cobbled piazza and finally beginning to heal.
But one afternoon she finds an antique gramophone hidden beneath a dusty sheet in her grandmother’s bedroom. Setting the needle, she unlocks a long-buried secret… And, through Salvo’s mother, starts to unravel the truth about the bracelet and her grandmother’s heart-shattering wartime sacrifice.
With Salvo’s first kiss lingering on her lips, Annie knows she must dig deeper into the scars that haunt this beautiful island. But can her fragile new-found love with Salvo survive uncovering the truth? Will she ever be able to move on with her life until she does?
An absolutely heart-wrenching page-turner about how the catastrophic consequences of war can echo through generations, and the power that true love has to save us all. From the author of million-copy bestseller, Watch Over Me, and Amazon Number 1. bestseller, The Italian Villa, this is the perfect one-sitting read for anyone who adores Fiona Valpy, Victoria Hislop, or The Letter by Kathryn Hughes.
The Italian Island by Daniela Sacerdoti is a women’s fiction story that mixes in several genres. This one has a bit of romance, a bit of mystery and with a point of view in the story looking back to World War Two making it also a historical novel.
At twenty Annie was not ready to loose her father but after his passing she vows to complete his last request. Annie’s father gave Annie her grandmother’s bracelet and asked that she track down their family history and learn her roots.
Annie makes her way to the Sicilian island of Galatea with only the knowledge that her grandmother had died in a concentration camp during World War Two and came from the area. After arriving Annie meets a local fisherman, Salvo, that recognizes the gold bracelet and becomes her guide.
Being someone who loves to visit exciting places around the world of course I was intrigued by The Italian Island by Daniela Sacerdoti. This one does take you to a wonderful location but for me the story seemed to get off to a rather slow start and didn’t pull me in until further down the line. Since I did eventually become more engaged in the story I did find this one an OK read overall growing to like the story and characters by the end.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Daniela Sacerdoti is a mother and a writer. Born in Naples, but brought up in a small village in the Italian Alps, she lives near Glasgow with her husband and sons. She steals time to write when everyone has gone to bed, or before they wake up. She’s a Primary teacher, but she chose to be at home with her children. She loves being with her boys, reading anything she can get her hands on and chatting with her girlfriends. But she also adores being on her own, free to daydream and make up stories.
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