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    enjoyable read

    I have read all of Pam Jenoff's books and thoroughly enjoyed them all. She is one of my favorite authors. The last Summer At Chelsea Beach was good but not my favorite of her work.Set in the US,it was different from the others.
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    A Fantastic WWII Tale

    Pam Jenoff brings a heart-wrenching tale of loss and forgiveness, first loves and second chances. Her story shifts between Europe and the US during the World War II years. Her narrative is haunting and eloquent bringing to life her fresh, unforgettable, and a few unconventional characters, her devastatingly amazing depiction of war torn Europe and a family ripped apart by unthinkable tragedy. This reader especially loves the realness and the perseverance and forever-hopeful optimism she gives her characters. I love traveling with Pam through her stories, timelines and worlds and I’m packed and ready for the next journey. In the summer of 1941 16yr old Adelia Montforte’s parents send her to live with her aunt and uncle in Philadelphia to escape the rising turmoil in Italy. Assimilating into a prejudicial population already on edge is not easy for an olive skinned Jewish girl especially one with an Italian accent. Luckily she’s been befriended by the boisterous Irish-American-Catholic Connally family that includes four brothers, the oldest three around her own age. Her first summer in America is full of sun and fun spent with this seemingly idyllic family that fills many voids for Addie from familial to confusing when she becomes enamored with the oldest boy Charlie. Then unexpected tragedy strikes that once again upends Addie’s world and sends her on a long perilous journey that’s equal parts escaping and self discovering.

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