Summary: 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.
I admit, I struggle with anything holocaust related. I can find an amazing book and not read it because I know one of the characters is going to be tortured in the concentration camps. I struggle with reading because honestly how often do those books have a happy ending and it is hard reading something that happened to so many, even if the book is fictional.
This book was beautifully written. I have never read Amy Harmon but based on the many glowing reviews I suspect I should add her to my rotation of authors I read. This story was engrossing from the first page. Her writing propelled me into Nazi occupied Italy and I couldn’t put the book down.
The love between the two main characters was so forbidden so powerful and so remarkable that I am pretty positive I will think of this book for a very long time.
If you have not read this book you should even if it is a genre you typically don’t read, it is a very powerful tale of forbidden love during one of the darkest times of humanity and will stay with me a very long time.