➦I kept putting this book away because I knew it was going to be an emotional read and, even thought some of the tear jerkers I’ve read over the years have permanently made it onto my shelf of favorites, I won’t deny that they don’t stress me out or psychologically drain me.
➦This is a beautiful and heartbreaking historical romance set in Italy during the time of the Holocaust… a story about two childhood friends trying to survive and save so many others… a story about a Catholic priest loving a Jewish woman and risking it all to keep her safe.
➦Every time I read about the Holocaust I get angry and depressed. I’ve been to Israel and I’ve sat in front of a Holocaust survivor who told her story and I cried, along with so many others in the audience. It’s mind boggling and ugly. But this book was able to show that among that ugliness there were people who had HOPE and love for other people -people who they didn’t know yet risked their own lives to save. I’ll leave you with a video of a man who saved hundreds of children from death in concentration camps.
P.S. Amy Harmon’s writing is, as usual, spectacular and hypnotizing. My only complaint is with the narration of the audiobook. I understood that everyone was speaking with an Italian accent to make it seem more authentic but I just found it distracting. I wouldn’t probably hear an accent in my head while reading the book so I don’t think it was necessary. But that might be just me.