A little too mushy for my taste. I wanted more of the historical fiction.
The Fisherman's Daughter is a war story showing what life was like for those who were left behind. Marianna is the main character living in her small Italian town off the coast of Sicily. The town has been taken over by the German Nazis. This novel is also a love story between Marianna and the grandson of her neighbors. Massimo is full of secrets that could endanger both of their lives.
Things I loved:
-I truly loved the writing from this author. Her descriptions of the this quaint town bring you there. You can almost hear, see, smell and taste everything that is happening. It makes me even more excited to visit there some day. I just recently found out after taking a DNA test, that I'm 72% Italian, and they said it's a 95% likelihood that my ancestors came from Sicily. So of course I was excited to read a book based on happenings there.
-I liked Marianna. She is a strong, stubborn young lady who is fighting quietly to protect her family and the less fortunate in her town. You can't help but love this character as she draws people to her with her kindness and her warmth. Her devotion to her parents and her brother is heart warming. Characters are huge to me in a novel and this author truly knows how to write memorable characters.
-I really liked the sweet romance between Marianna and Massimo. Even with the darker theme of World War II taking place, the romance in this story gave much needed light. I also loved their times together. One thing that Massimo said to Marianna almost made me swoon. He said, "Signorina De'Angelis,I surrendered the moment I laid eyes on you." Yes, that was actually sigh worthy, and yes, there is kissing. But, this romance has many bumps along the way that made me anxious at times. That's all I'm going to say or I'll give too much away.
More than half way through the book things shift and everyone in this little town and the surrounding areas get thrown into the war. Things get very intense and I could not quit reading. Honestly, you'll be glued to the pages as the story takes a violent turn and lives are threatened. There are so many heart thumping moments where some happenings actually made me gasp as I read. I almost felt like I was reading two separate books, but both were very good.
I'm so glad that this is the first book I read in the new year. What a great start! This is my first book I've read from this author, but I can tell you that I hope it won't be the last. This story will stay with me for awhile. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone reading my reviews.
I love historical fiction. It's one of my favorite genres to read. This book is set in Italy during WWII. War is a horrible thing and it is sometimes difficult to read about because so many people suffer in so many different ways. But it also reminds me that there were heroes everywhere- ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help and protect each other. This book does a good job of balancing the horrors of war with the hope of good people.
This book painted some beautiful pictures in my head. Even the difficult scenes were vivid and played out like a movie for me. I love when I can so easily picture what is happening in my head.
The story is a slower one and has a gentle feel to it, even when my heart started pounding with anticipation. The writing is very pretty.
I really enjoyed this story. I don't think I've read anything by this author before but I'll be on the lookout for more.
Content: Some violence, death associated with war, kissing
- I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
This is a World War II book with a plot unlike any I've ever seen. A lot of times World War II books are set in England or France maybe Germany. This one is set completely in Italy and it explores a totally different group of people than I've seen in any other book. I loved that!
I loved Marianna, she is always looking out for someone other than herself, whether it's her brother or his wife, her parents or even people living on the street because the Nazi's have kicked them out of their homes. She is really an amazing character and young woman.
Then there's Massimo. I like that the author includes bits from his perspective. And I like that she did such a good job of hiding the secret he's keeping until he reveals it to Marianna himself. I loved the tension that brought to the book.
I will admit that the plot started out a little bit slow for me. But by the time I'd read 50 pages or so, I was far more interested. The plot includes plenty of action, and danger for the characters and that really was fabulous.
If you're a fan of World War II books, you really should read this one!
I was drawn into this story right away, but it had a very slow pace and I found myself getting distracted by other things. But, once I got back into it I was quite interested to find out what would happen to Marianna and Massimo.
I thought it was well written and I really came to care for the main characters. Marianna was such a strong and courageous character, always wanting to help those around her.
This time in history is tough (WWII Italy), and there was a lot of suffering shared in the story. I appreciated that the author was able to convey the horrors of war without going too much in depth with graphic violence.
The espionage was quite intriguing. There were so many players, and the fact that so many willingly risk their lives for the greater good is heartening.
I would read more by this author.
Content-wise there is violence and some passionate kissing.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.