Italy, 1945: as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated cities, its population fights each other to survive. Caterina Lombardi is desperate – her mother has abandoned them already and her brother is being drawn into the mafia. Early one morning, among the ruins of the bombed Naples streets, she is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect her family and in doing so forges a future very different to the one she expected. But will the secrets of her family’s past be her downfall?
This epic novel is an unforgettably powerful story of love, loss and the long shadow of war.
Italy, 1945… Wow! I love this country and I loved the author’s imagery of this enchanting part of the world. (Although it should be said that the poverty in Sorrento and Naples 1945 post war was sad to read about.)
The plot is complex, but with room for love (as any story set in Italy should have). A mesmerising tale that captured me from the beginning and surprised me at the end.
Caterina is a wonderful, warm, tenacious character and her independence and her loyalty to family will have you cursing her one minute and loving her the next.
If you enjoy becoming one with a book, then this is the story for your reading pile.