Today it’s my turn on the blog tour for The Lost Village by Daniela Sacerdoti. I am incredibly excited to share my thoughts on this book with you all.
1945, Italy. Two sisters give birth to two little girls on the same night, huddled under blankets, deep in the black woods that surround the village of Bosconero. They hold their babies close as footsteps approach. If they make even the slightest sound, the German soldiers will find them…
2006. Luce Nardini searches the cobbled streets of a remote Italian village for a house with a faded blue door. Since her only child left home, and with her estranged husband more distant than ever, she’s been completely untethered. Discovering why her mother cut all contact with her family and the village she loved feels like Luce’s last hope at understanding who she is.
Inside the house, she’s relieved to find the grandmother she never knew living out her final days. With a longing look at an ornate wooden box on her nightstand, her grandmother is just beginning to tell the heart-wrenching story of a little village ravaged by war, and why Luce’s mother swore never to return, when then the unthinkable happens: an earth-shattering disaster that shakes the little village of Bosconero to its core.
Feeling more lost than ever before, Luce fears that the secrets of her past have been buried forever. Her only hope is to win back the trust of the small community and find her grandmother’s little wooden box amongst the rubble of the village.
But will the surprise arrival of the husband she thought she’d lost help sew Luce’s family back together, or tear it apart for good? And will anything have prepared her for the devastating betrayal she finds hidden inside the box…?
An unputdownable historical novel about the secrets we keep to protect the ones we love by the author of million-copy Amazon No 1. bestseller, Watch Over Me. Perfect for anyone who loves Fiona Valpy, Lily Graham or The Letter by Kathryn Hughes.
I have read several books by Daniela Sacerdoti, and i find her writing style so completely unique and refreshing. I couldn’t wait to get started on this book, and it certainly did not disappoint.
This WWII historical time-slip novel captivated me right from the start. This story transports the reader back in time to the beautiful Italian countryside, before the world was shattered by war and conflict.
As Italy hits troubled times, all who live there are deeply affected. It causes people to doubt one another, and creates a general sense of unease for all. As one young woman makes a bold move, after suffering more heartache and loss than imaginable, her split second decision has a huge impact on not only her own future, but the future of all of those around her. But the question remains, did she make the right choice?.
Several decades later, Luce desperately wants to learn more about her mothers past. She knows her mother was born and raised in Italy and then left suddenly forty years ago. Luce’s mother refuses to talk about her past but Luce decides that the pain and sadness that is consuming her mother needs to be confronted once and for all. With her mind set, Luce embarks on a mission to find out more about her relatives past, and starts by finding her relatives in Italy.
Whilst Luce is uncovering her families history, she too becomes involved in a tragedy, and now, it is more important than ever to learn about her families past before it is lost forever.
The ending of this book was heart wrenching, and as the past finally begins to reveal itself, it is impossible to predict the shattering effects one choice could have on so many people. This story was Poignant, all consuming, and overflowing with emotion.
This book truly pulled at my heart strings. With the perfect levels of drama, reflection, and discovery, it captivates you entirely.
Daniela Sacerdoti is the author of the bestselling Glen Avich series which has sold over one million copies in ebook to date, Sacerdoti’s debut novel Watch Over Me was named the eighth bestselling Kindle book of all time in 2015, when she was also ranked as the eleventh top-selling Kindle author. She lives in a small village in the middle of nowhere, with her Scottish husband, two children, a Cocker spaniel and a foundling kitten (who was definitely a witch in a past life).
I would like to thank Sarah Hardy for letting me be a part of this blog tour, and Daniela Sacerdoti for allowing me to read an ARC of this beautiful book in return for my honest review.