The Italian Island: An absolutely heartbreaking and totally unputdownable WW2 romance

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Absolutely outstandingly beautifulAbove and beyond anything I have read this year… Glued to every page… I really can't praise this book enough and warrants far more stars than I can actually give. A work of a true genius.’ Red Headed Book Lady, 5 stars


My darling girl, don’t make the same mistakes as I did. Now that my life is coming to an end, take your grandmother’s bracelet, unlock the devastating secret she kept to save our family as war echoed across the ocean, and discover who you really are…


As the hazy sun sets on golden sand, twenty-year-old Annie arrives on the stunning Sicilian island of Galatea, the dying wish of the father she adored playing heavy on her heart: she must find out the true identity of her grandmother who disappeared without a trace during World War Two. Her only clues are the delicate gold band around her wrist and directions to Villa Onda – House of the Waves – where her grandmother once lived.


As she climbs the winding road up to the cliffside villa, Annie’s path collides with handsome local fisherman, Salvo. His sea-blue eyes sparkle with recognition at her bracelet, and Annie can’t tell if it’s his warm touch or the sun-kissed villa’s vine-covered splendour that takes her breath away.


Swept into the warm arms of Salvo’s family, it’s not long before she finds herself dancing the night away in the cobbled piazza and finally beginning to heal. With Salvo’s mother’s help, Annie starts to unravel the truth about the bracelet and discovers the heart-shattering sacrifice her grandmother made in the war. One that changes everything for Annie…


With Salvo’s first kiss lingering on her lips, Annie knows she must dig deeper into the scars that have haunted her family for decades. But can her fragile new-found love with Salvo survive uncovering the truth? Will she ever be able to move on with her life until she does?


An absolutely heart-wrenching page-turner about how the catastrophic consequences of war can echo through generations, and the power that true love has to save us all. From the author of million-copy bestseller, Watch Over Me, and Amazon Number 1. bestseller, The Italian Villa, this is the perfect one-sitting read for anyone who adores Fiona Valpy, Victoria Hislop, or The Letter by Kathryn Hughes.


Everyone loves The Italian Island:


Mesmerising! I was totally hooked absolutely perfect I really can't praise this OUTSTANDING book enough!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


Such a beautiful bookgripping right from the start… so heartwarming. I loved it. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


I loved this book so much amazing… I finished it in a day because I needed to know what would happen… I highly recommend this book!!’ @lenslibrary, 5 stars


I fell in love with this book! It was beautiful and captivating from start to finish… Absolutely loved!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


I was hooked. This is a beautifully written story with characters that tug at your heartstringsYou can’t help but fall in love with them and the tiny village in Italy where it takes place… you feel as though you’re really thereI devoured this book in no time you can’t wait to turn the page to find out what happens next… which is why I finished this book at 3 in the morning!… I was so enthralled from the very first page!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘I really loved it… makes you want to curl up in a chair with a warm drink and read this slowly. I found myself not wanting to devour this, but to savour every page. It's emotional and empowering and the characters fill your mind completely long after you have finished the story.’ Crossroad Reviews


Truly amazing. The story had many heart-warming momentsheart-wrenching… I was completely charmed and transported… You will be as well if you choose to read it. So read it!’ One Page At A Time, 5 stars


Ratings and reviews

4 reviews
Shirley McAllister
January 11, 2022
A beautifully written story of a WWII romance that you will read in one setting. It transforms you to a lovely Italian island with all the flowers, the ocean and the scenery in vivid description. You will see the cliffs and the caves and feel the spray of the ocean on your face as you read the story. Anne's mother and her have always been distant from each other, her father her only loving parent. When her father dies he leaves her his fortune, a bracelet that once belonged to her grandmother and a note to find her family history. To do this she must travel to a distant Italian island. Somehow her bracelet is magical as is an old record player she finds in the attic room of the old inn she is staying at which once belonged to her grandmother's family. She works to find out her roots as she falls in love with the handsome Salvo who is restoring the inn. Will what she finds be too much for her and send her running for home, or will she embrace her findings and own her family inheritance? The story of her grandmother goes back to WWII, the Nazi's, Russian Spies and a sacrifice her grandmother made out of love which will cost her life. When Anne learns the truth about her grandmother's past will the far reaching arms of the war ease her mind or cause her grief. I loved this romantic story, the present day part and the WWII part. Two romances, two women and two men that loved them. I think the author did a fantastic job of describing both the periods in history and especially the local people, their clothing, their customs and their way of life on a small Italian island. It was a beautiful story of love, heartbreak and sacrifice. I have read several book by this author, each one equally good, and this one does not disappoint. I enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it. Thank to Daniela Sacerdoti for writing a great story, to Bookouture for publishing it and to NetGalley for making it available to me to read.

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