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    Surprise Ending!

    The Lost Village by Daniela Sacerdoti has been one of the biggest roller coaster of emotions books I can remember reading! This novel takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster that spans the full spectrum of possible emotions from sadness, joy, and heartbreak to betrayal and anger. It was a wild ride and a joy to read! Luce, is the narrator of our story. She is in her forties and is experiencing empty nest syndrome. Her son Eli has recently gone to college and she and her husband, Ethan, have been living separately for going on three years now. Luce has lived her entire life with her Italian mother never knowing who her father was or anything about her family history. Luce's mother has always been tight lipped about her past telling Luce that some things are better left a mystery because of the heartbreak that can come from knowing the truth. Luce now being a middle aged woman with a family of her own longs to know about her Italian family and their past so she decides to take a trip to Italy to get the answers to her family mystery. Luce has been in contact with a cousin still in Italy through some social media snooping and set up a meeting to meet her extended family in her mother's hometown village without her mother's knowledge. Mathilde, a distant cousin, meets Luce at the airport and brings her to their grandmother's home affectionately called Rosa Bianca. Upon first meeting her grandmother, Nonna Clelia, Luce is overwhelmed with love and affection for her long lost grandmother and resentful towards her mother for denying her the right to know her family. Throughout the entirety of the novel Luce is being told by Nonna the whole history of her family, from the point where Nonna met her grandfather up until the point that Angelina, Luce's mother, left for America. Luce finds out some very troubling things about her family, for example, finding out that her grandfather was a Swedish spy during World War II and that her grandmother was a part of the resistance to the Nazis. Nonna paints a beautiful but troubled past that still leaves out the reason for Angelina's escape to America. The reader is left guessing until the last few pages of the book what exactly caused Angelina's departure, and wow what a reason! I thoroughly enjoyed The Lost Village. I felt myself closely relating to Luce being separated from a husband and seeing her child grow and blossom into an independent person. I felt her heartache in descriptions of a relationship that went stale between two people that meant the world to each other and the joy in watching your child grow and succeed. The suspense and story telling peppered throughout kept me interested all the way through. One really can't ever judge a book, or a person, for that matter by its cover and The Lost Village was a perfect example of this statement. The individuals in the novel you think to be the most trustworthy end up with quite a different story to tell...
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    Great read! Plenty of nail-bite 😧

    🌄Top-notch storytelling: the secrets of the past split open like the earth under Bosconero😮 The Lost Village hit me hard, especially the earth-shattering tragedy that struck the innocent citizens of the small Umbrian hilltown of Bosconero in the contemporary part of the story. I found the multiplot, past and present, riveting and did not want to put the book down. Author Daniela Sacerdoti is a dab hand at these family sagas as I learned when I picked up her previous novel The Italian Villa. Her descriptions of Italian village life are spot on and she weaves a fascinating tale built around family secrets revealed after decades of cover-up and deceit. Luce's American life is at a crossroads as her only son has left home for college and her marriage is over. On the spur of the moment she takes off for Italy to meet family she only recently discovered as her Italian-born mother refuses to speak of her family and past. What starts out as a simple visit to see the town where her mother grew up and meet a cousin, uncle and grandmother becomes so much more as Luce hears her grandmother's long-unspoken story of her upbringing and events during WWII that broke her family. And the beauty of a hot, sunny Italian summer turns tragic in the blink of a eye. I wholeheartedly recommend this novel. It's gripping, emotional and unpredictable. Thanks to publishers Bookouture and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.
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    Page Turner

    WOW! Could not put it down once I started. Lucy, a recently separated 43 year old mother, has decided to fly to Italy and once and for all uncover the secrets of her family her mother refuses to tell her. She found her cousin, whom she had no idea existed, through social media and set out to meet her long lost relatives. But, her arrival in Italy is not all happy reunions. The tension and anger by those who remember her mother, especially her Uncle, startle Lucy. She does meet her Nonna, who is desperate to tell her their family history and what made her mother flee from Italy. But in the middle of the story, tragedy strikes the small village. While still determined to forge a relationship with her long lost relatives, Lucy remains behind to help. What she uncovers will change what she thought she knew about her life forever. A great story of family, secrets, lies and sacrifice. Highly recommend. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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    Lost Roots

    A story about a family set in two time periods. Luce Nardini has never known her father. Her mother refuses to talk about the past. After Luce's son Eli is in college, she is separated from her husband, and at loose ends she searches for her family in Italy against the wishes of her mother. Finding a cousin Matilda and learning her grandmother and an uncle are still alive she books a trip to Italy. When Luce arrives in Italy and meets her cousin and her grandmother she feels like she has found some family. The second time period is during the war when her grandmother tells her story. She is happy to meet her family, however, her uncle wants nothing to do with her and will not speak to her and tells her she should leave. She wonders why is her Uncle so hostile toward her and why does her mother say she is not safe in Italy. What secrets are being kept? Just when she is feeling good about her trip , finding out her grandmother's story in increments as her grandmother is not well, disaster strikes. There is an earthquake. Her cousin and her grandmother are both in the hospital. Will Luce ever unlock the secrets of her family? Will her grandmother and her cousin survive their injuries and will her uncle ever speak to her. She need to know the answers. What she finds is more than she ever imagined. I love the twist in the story at the end. The ending was wonderful. The setting was beautiful and the characters were great. The story was well written and I enjoyed reading it. Thanks to Daniela Sacerdoti, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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    Intrigue, Unputdownable , Twists & turns

    Discovering your heritage is an important part of who you are, but what if your mother refuses to acknowledge her family? It makes you question why? Who are they, what happened, where do they live? What if you came across details about them would you go across the world to visit? Luce found out that her mother was born in a small village in Italy. She was corresponding with a cousin and found out that she had a grandmother and a Uncle! Oh, wow, she decided to go visit her cousin without telling her mother and meets her grandmother. Her grandmother tells her this story about in 1945 she and her sister both had girls and her sister and baby were killed by German soldiers! This book has more twists and turns and intrigue that you will be fixated on the historical aspects that it will become unputdownable! The characters are so poignant and interesting they alone will draw you in as well. The author has done an amazing job with her flow and descriptions that you feel like you are with the characters when the Germans were trying to attack. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read. If I could give it more stars I would! I received an advanced copy from NetGalley and these are my willingly given thoughts and opinions.

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