Top positive review
Historically accurate, totally interesting
Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2015
I am very picky about books in general that I choose to read. I am particularly picky about historical fiction. The writer has to know her subject area and I can see right through it if they don't. Pam Jenoff is incredible. She's a brilliant writer, for sure, but she's excellent at getting the historical context RIGHT. I have read a lot of books on World War two and this one felt authentic. You have a young woman, Adelia who has to leave Italy. It's fascist. It's dangerous. She heads to America, falls in love, but the disaster in Italy follows her to America as the whole world is plunged into World War II. It's about what an immigrant's journey looks like. It's about running from war, and yourself, and it's about falling in love. It's about heartbreak, trying to find peace, build again in a disaster, and working as a woman in that time period. It's about what war does to everyone and how the whole world was effected by World War II. And yet, it wasn't depressing. I love to read about history, I love to learn, and I love a little romance in my books. This one was perfect.