Today I'm welcoming Siobhan Daiko and her book - The Girl From Venice - to my blog as part of the blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club (founded by Mary Anne Yarde)
The Girl From Venice
Lidia De Angelis has kept a low profile since Mussolini's racial laws wrenched her from her childhood sweetheart. But when the Germans occupy Venice in 1943, she must flee the city to save her life.
Lidia joins the partisans in the Venetian mountains, where she meets David, an English soldier fighting for the same cause. As she grows closer to him, harsh Nazi reprisals and Lidia’s own ardent anti-fascist activities threaten to tear them apart.
Decades later in London, while sorting through her grandmother’s belongings after her death, Charlotte discovers a Jewish prayer book, unopened letters written in Italian, and a fading photograph of a group of young people in front of the Doge’s Palace.
Intrigued by her grandmother’s refusal to talk about her life in Italy before and during the war, Charlotte travels to Venice in search of her roots. There, she learns not only the devastating truth about her grandmother’s past, but also some surprising truths about herself.
A heart-breaking page-turner, based on actual events in Italy during World War II
Publication Date: 29th June 2021
Publisher: ASOLANDO BOOKS
Page Length: 300 Pages
Genre: Romantic Historical/Women’s Fiction
You can purchase a copy of the book via -
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3uWpgut
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/33PXR1e
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/3bzJ3In
Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2SPVWaE
The book is also available on Kindle Unlimited.
Now for the review -
This was not a good time to be a Jew. Lidia De Angelis wants to be a doctor like her father, but the rise in antisemitism and the values of the Nazi Party means that she can no longer attend university. When the Nazis crossed into their country and the Jewish inhabitants of Venice began to leave in their droves, Lidia wants to leave as well, but her father flatly refuses to leave. Lidia has no choice but to stay with him. What happens next is a story about one woman's desperate courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
The Girl from Venice is the kind of book that really gets under your skin. It makes you stop and think about how truly awful it must have been to be living under foreign occupation, even more so if you were a Jew.
Siobhan Daiko has decided to tell the story of Lidia through two very different, but very compelling narratives. The first narrative is that of Lidia the second is with her granddaughter, Charlotte. They are both from very different times, but both characters are exceedingly likeable and their stories are desperately moving, so be sure to have some tissues at hand because you are going to need them! I enjoyed following Charlotte as she discovers the truth about her late grandmother's life. Likewise, I thought Lidia's story was really gripping and very insightful.
This is one of those books that will keep you up reading well into the night. I can honestly say that it was brilliant from start to finish. This is certainly a book I can see myself coming back to over and over again.
Siobhan Daiko is an international bestselling historical romantic fiction author. A lover of all things Italian, she lives in the Veneto region of northern Italy with her husband, a Havanese puppy and two rescue cats. After a life of romance and adventure in Hong Kong, Australia and the UK, Siobhan now spends her time, when she isn't writing, enjoying the sweet life near Venice.
You can connect with Siobhan Daiko via these platforms -
Publisher Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AsolandoBooks
Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/siobhan.daiko
Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/siobhan-daiko
Amazon Author Page: author.to/SiobhanDaiko
You can also learn more about the book and the author by visiting the other blogs on this tour.
That's it for now.
Till the next time.
Take care Zoe
You always write such beautiful reviews!! I am so glad you enjoyed The Girl From Venice.
Thank you so much for hosting today's tour stop.
I love the cover of this book. Great review, by the way.
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