Benedetta Carlessimo is no stranger to hardship. Ever since her mother died, the sixteen-year-old Italian girl has cared for her rambunctious younger siblings without complaint. Then World War II arrives on her doorstep, leaving her face-to-face with the most terrible evil she has ever witnessed.
With the Germans and Americans fighting furiously to control a strategic swath of Italy, Nazi forces seize Benedetta’s village, turning her home into a command center—and forcing her beloved father to choose between fleeing or fighting on the front lines.
In the midst of great deprivation, Benedetta struggles to feed both her family and the Nazis, all the while keeping her father’s whereabouts secret. Yet her blossoming love for a handsome young Italian man hiding in the mountains brings a sliver of joy to her life. But with the Americans advancing and the Germans growing increasingly desperate and cruel, Benedetta knows that one misstep could bring horrible repercussions…and only an extraordinary act of courage can save her family.
©2014 Dani Amore (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Anne on 10-06-15

It was... OK

The story was compelling. Teenage girl coming of age in an Italian village occupied by the Nazis as WWII draws to its conclusion and she is forced to live with, cook for and take care of Nazis who occupy her home. Her father runs away to join the resistance. She must fend off rapine and crazy Nazis and take care of her younger siblings and, oh yes, she falls in love!

The setting was well drawn. The people of the village were trapped in a situation not of their making with Monte Casino so close by and a major battle of WWII about to unfold.

The narration: Lots of scenery chewing marked by over-the-top breathlessness and refusal to use contractions. And young Dominic sounds like a 45-year-old smoker.

Lots of convenient coincidences: This is OK in moderation, but this novel milks the coincidence to death.

All in all:
I am not returning it, but I can't recommend this. It's only an OK novel and the audible version leaves a fair amount to be desired.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By chris frantz on 30-04-15


This was a great story, that touches the heart. Reader does a great job portraying the German soldiers & Italian civilians. We all should go through these stories once n a while, to appreciate what we have & what others went through. Great read!

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