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    Inspired by true events, and for fans of The Beekeeper’s Promise and The Tuscan Child, comes a passionate, heartbreaking and absolutely pause-resisting story of two remarkable women, separated by history, finding the courage to look for light in the darkest places. 

    As she staggers through the woods towards the smoky remains of her village, she sees the wounded, all those familiar faces covered in blood and ashes, and remembers she isn’t just a woman; she is a doctor, and she is needed...

    1938 - A young Italian couple cling to each other in the shadow of the Montevino mountains, Mussolini’s call to war ringing in their ears. They vow to stay together, no matter what, and hatch a plan to wed in secret before fleeing to the woods to join the resistance. 

    Present Day - Callie Di Giacomo, a waitress from Texas, is still reeling from the discovery that she is adopted when she arrives in Montevino in search of answers - the keys to the stunning hillside villa she just inherited clutched tightly in her hand. In her birth mother’s wardrobe grief-stricken Callie finds a diary belonging to a woman named Elisa Stella, one of Italy’s first ever female students of medicine, wrapped in pale blue ribbon.  

    Page by page, Callie unravels the story of a passionate young doctor who risked everything to marry her sweetheart, who was betrayed by her own people, and forced into hiding as Montevino was invaded. Elisa knew she must survive against all odds to see her loved ones again. But history had other plans… 

    As the diary ends, a startling revelation about who Elisa was offers a chance for Callie to heal past wounds and spark a new future. But is she brave enough to take it?  

    This unforgettable story of love, loss and resilience by the author of million-copy Amazon number one best seller, Watch Over Me, is perfect for anyone who loved The Letter, The Tattooist of Auschwitz or The Dressmaker’s Gift.  

    ©2020 Daniela Sacerdoti (P)2020 Bookouture

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    • Global
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    • Teresa
    • 04/06/2020

    Loved it!!!


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    This dual timeline of the present and 1930’s wartime Italy captured my heart! The way author Daniela Sacerdoti describes Montevino, Italy oh it sounds like the most beautiful, spellbinding little village and I want to go there! ⁣

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    Synopsis:⁣
    Callie is a twenty-one year old orphan who can’t seem to find her place in the world, when she finds out on her birthday that the parents that died in a car crash were actually her adoptive parents. When the lawyer tells her that her real mother is Italian from the small village of Montevino, she heads to Italy to find her roots and discovers much more...⁣

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    This story was so heart-warming and such a nice surprise, I loved it and will definitely be checking out more of Daniela’s Sacerdoti’s works! ⁣

    Happy Reading Everyone! ⁣

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    • Ree
    • 14/04/2020

    Insulting and demeaning narration.

    The fact that this person thought that a stereotypical and insulting Italian accent, where virtually every word ended in “a”, was a satisfactory representation demonstrates a lack of thought and research and an ignorance of stereotypes that were erased a generation ago. Shame on the author, editors, and production crew for not stopping this travesty.

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    • Global
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    • Sarah Centrella
    • 04/05/2021

    Could not finish this one

    It was honestly too boating and basic. It tries to be multi generational (which I normally love ) but it doesn’t work here. Just too elementary for me.

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    • Cinzia Spatuzzi
    • 06/04/2021

    Distracting Italian accent

    I tried to ignore the unrealistic details of Callie’s story - how did she get a passport, the money to travel, who paid for the villa upkeep and how was she going to, etc. The annoying Italian accents were too much.
    I hung in for the whole story but can’t recommend it. And...Italians do love coffee but do not have pasta with every meal.

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    • Tiffany
    • 15/03/2021

    Beautiful story that kept me entertained!

    Loved the story and the character development. Excellent descriptions and wonderful narration. This is my first book by this author and I am hooked. Already downloaded the next one!

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    • Ann
    • 12/03/2021

    I love stories like that

    the story started off good The fake accent got me . I could not get into the story.. Sorry Had to return

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    • Lisa Lattanza
    • 01/01/2021

    Great story

    loved the story, I would highly recommend it..... narrator was good but her "Italian accent" while narrating the Italian characters was not very authentic

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    • Lynn Hall
    • 27/12/2020

    A family’s journey

    This takes place in Montevino Italy and a young woman’s search for a family that was unknown to her...Calle has turned 21 and is summoned by a attorney in San Antonio, Tx thus started her journey to discover who her real parents are...the reality of being adopted and then orphaned take her down a complex path with many twists and turns...I enjoyed the ride.

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    • Tera
    • 21/12/2020

    Great storyline!

    I loves this book. I listened to it through audible and the voices were perfect for it! The story was amazing and the characters as well. I would recommend to everyone!

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    • Vimala McClure
    • 20/12/2020

    Wonderful romantic story

    The story had many surprising twists and turns. It brought me to tears several times. I’m a WW2 buff and I loved the way the war story was interlaced with the present day.