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  • Brilliant!

    The whole gamut of human emotion is pretty much covered in this captivating and brilliantly written WWII Historical Fiction novel. The story begins in 1938 when Stella Cockburn travels from England to Italy to visit her stepmother, Monica, who has invited her to stay at her villa. Stella's father, an art dealer, died suddenly and her stepmother remarried rather quickly. There is a question of some missing paintings which Monica seems to think Stella knows the whereabouts of and mentions a mysterious missing letter to her. There are several story lines going in different directions which all mesh together very nicely in the end. The female protagonist, Stella, has lead a privileged and sheltered life and is rather awkward and out of her element at the villa. The author did a phenomenal job of developing the characters of Stella as well as Beatrice as this book progressed. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this heartbreaking story that hooked me from the very first page in exchange for an honest review. This is my second Clara Benson book and she is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine.

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  • Love and War

    I loved this book, the characters, the setting, and the time period. It was so good I didn't want to stop reading, I read way too late into the early morning. The main character Stella is a young lady who just lost her father. She goes to Italy to live with her stepmother right at the beginning of WWII. This young lady will grow up much in the following years. I think that almost every emotion possible is found within these pages. Romance, Love, Fear, Anger, Sadness, Depression, Loneliness, Excitement, and Happiness. She will become a wife, go on the run, solve a mystery, join the resistance and find happiness. The story is about lost Paintings which are hidden and everyone wants to find them. It is also about a young girl growing up in a desperate time in history and learning about love, trust, friendship, compassion, and how to survive evil. You will journey through some very beautiful places and the descriptions are wonderful to a destruction that is heartbreaking. Destruction of property and life. It is both happy and sad it is heartbreaking at times. At other times you will hold your breath in suspense. Keeps your interest all the way through the book. I loved reading it and you will as well. I recommend this book. Thanks to Clara Benson, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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  • The Stolen Letter

    I loved this book, couldn’t put it down. Definitely recommend this, great story.

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  • A lot going on here

    I enjoy historical fiction taking place in almost any time period. This one takes place during world war 2. Very descriptive book about experiencing war during it and the aftermath affects on the mind and body. Some just aren't right in the mind after they experience war. Very powerful book that will definitely make you feel as though you are there experiencing the war ,hearing the cries of pain,feeling the hunger in your stomach with the lack of food to be had,cowering in fear as the shelling shakes the earth. There is light shining upon the darkness though in the form of love both romantic and parental love. The book really pulls you in. Published September 24th 2020 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own

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  • Interesting read

    I enjoyed this novel . Wouldn't call it a page turner, but was well researched and characters were believable.

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