Italy, 1943—Germany occupies much of the country, placing the Jewish population in grave danger during World War II.
As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood.
Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent, where Eva discovers she is just one of many Jews being sheltered by the Catholic Church.
But Eva can’t quietly hide, waiting for deliverance, while Angelo risks everything to keep her safe. With the world at war and so many in need, Angelo and Eva face trial after trial, choice after agonizing choice, until fate and fortune finally collide, leaving them with the most difficult decision of all.
My Quick Review:
Y’all, I honestly didn’t know what to expect with this book. Honestly, it was a hard read given the dark times in our country with he-who-must-not-be-named, but it’s a beautifully written, deeply moving and inspiring story. The story builds slowly and before you know it, you’ve fallen for every single character and are thoroughly invested in every single one of them. Yes, the subject matter is a bit heavy, but at its heart it’s a deeply moving love story that inspired me and gave me hope.
We have to remember and we can never forget.
Please read this book. You will not regret it.
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