Tuesday, January 2, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: The Fisherman's Daughter by Melinda Sue Sanchez


ABOUT THE BOOK

Eighteen-year-old Marianna De'Angelis has grown up on her father's fishing boat off the picturesque coast of Sicily, Italy. She traverses the nearby countryside on horseback and bicycle and works alongside her mother selling fish at market. It is a simple, happy life. But when WWII erupts and the Nazis overtake the country, Marianna's peaceful world is shattered.

In the midst of chaos, Marianna encounters a handsome, young Italian soldier named Massimo Scalvone. Though she tries to keep her distance, Marianna finds herself powerfully drawn to Massimo. Yet all the while, the man she is growing to love conceals a deadly secret—a secret that ensures that in a world now ruled by politics and greed, Massimo is not free to give his heart. Devastated, Marianna immerses herself in helping her family and neighbors survive the war. But soon, merely helping is not enough, and the young woman undertakes increasingly dangerous missions for the resistance. Although Marianna and Massimo each harbor secrets, their only hope of survival is to trust each other with the truth of who they really are.

REVIEW

Falling in love during war complicates things for Marianna and Massimo, two young Italians.  Which is why they try not to fall for each other.  But they can't seem to help it.  But Massimo has secrets that won't allow him to be with Marianna, leaving her with a broken heart.  And unfortunately, when war strikes home leaving Marianna further devastated, she can't stay out of it any longer.  As Marianna and Massimo struggle to survive the war and their place in it, they must face the possibility of never seeing each other again.

I think the thing I enjoyed the most about this book is the beautiful Italian setting.  I really wanted to jump into the book and see the places the author describes (without the warfare of course).  It was also very easy to empathize with the struggles that Marianna and Massimo face in both their feelings for each other and their love of their country.  And I couldn't help but admire the courage they muster to fight for those whom they love.  The story line is compelling and interesting.  I enjoyed the book.

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