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  • A poignant, insightful story

    This is a wonderful series that combines WWII history, a family’s struggle to overcome a difficult past and a mystery. There are rich descriptions of Australia and Italy. The story jumps around between different places and time periods, but it is nicely organized and easy to follow. Dates and locations are clearly marked. This book is eldest sister Reeda’s story. By outward appearances, she has it all; she’s beautiful, has a handsome, successful husband, a lovely home and a thriving business. But she is miserable, stressed, depressed, angry and lost. Reeds’s biggest problem is herself. By not telling anyone how she feels, she is stuck in her own thoughts, never getting another point of view. She goes to Italy to find out what happened to Charlie and finds so much more. It shows the need for forgiveness, communication, perspective, adaptation and acceptance.

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  • No. 2 in the series - the story continues!

    Very much enjoyed this 2nd book in the series. The chapters do 'jump' about a bit, from the past to the present, but it works well in the whole story line, and you will appreciate it more as the story moves along. Really recommend that this series be read in sequence otherwise you may not get the full benefit of the circle of events. Will definitely finish this series and look for more by this author.

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  • One summer in Italy.

    A romantic story covering three generations. A young women with a new child whose father was off to war and planning to return to his new family, but went missing. We follow the families as they live their lives.

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  • Total enjoyment

    I loved this book. Lilly Mirren is an accomplished writer. Her style is easy reading but yet she keeps the story fresh and intriguing. I couldn't put it down . Had to know what happens next!! She makes the characters become your friends. Can't wait to read the next story in the series.

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  • Good theme but to jumbled

    The theme of this story is really good. A granddaughter is searching for the Grandfather she didn't know she had until recently. He was supposedly killed in WW2, however, the jumping back and forth in time was just too much. 1943 to 1996 to 1945 to 1981 to 1943 to 1983 to 1953 to 1996....just to much. Just as you read one chapter in one year with certain characters, the next chapter jumps to another time with other characters and the reader constantly has to shift their mindset. While Reeda was looking in the current time for evidence of what happened to her grandfather, every other chapter was about Charlie and what he went through while a pilot in WW2 and every third chapter was about Edith and what she was doing while Charlie was MIA and then a chapter of what was going on with Reeda and her sisters in present time, then back to Charlie, then back to Edith and so on. When Reeda was in Rome and other locations, there was just to much socializing about food, culture, people etc that had nothing to do with the story and it kind of rambled on in those cases. I scrolled past a lot of it. Usually, I enjoy this type of genre but this one was too jumbled. Maybe if 2 chapters in a row were in the same year it would have been easier to read. It was hard to determine who the characters were and their relation to each other until later in the book. The worst part - after sticking with all the "confusion"...the book ends without finishing the main storyline - What happened to Charlie Jackson - Reeda's grandfather? That is when you find out it is a series book...you have to buy the next book to see how book 1 ends! And so many possible endings going through my mind...did he die a POW, or did he escape and something happened that he got amnesia so he didn't know to go home, or did he survive and went home only to see Edith, the love of his life, remarried with a child and he didn't want to disrupt that so he goes back to Italy to live his life out? And that is assuming Book 2 tells the ending and not Book 3. This is why I hate "books" and will only get them if I can get the whole box set at one time.

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