The Lost Village: A heartbreaking World War 2 historical novel

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About this ebook

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.

Everyone is talking about Daniela Sacerdoti:

Mesmerising! I was totally hooked absolutely perfect and just flowed endlessly with such ease. I really can't praise this OUTSTANDING book enough!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

From the moment I opened this book I was hooked. This is a beautifully written story with characters that tug at your heartstrings from the second they’re introduced. You 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 there... I 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 moments and a few heart-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
Helen Gash
November 16, 2020
Sacerdoti’s heartwarming story, to be published November 16, 2020, will transport you to a little Italian hilltop village. This master storyteller focuses on what happens when we keep secrets as we think it will protect the ones we love. This is an fantastic read, which I devoured. It deserves every single one of it’s 5 stars and more. “There was a smell of damp and old in the air, a smell of heavy past; memories hung like cobwebs at every corner.” It’s the first book I’ve read in a long time, where I didn’t guess what was coming. I didn’t guess the event in the middle, and I certainly didn’t guess the twist at the end. I promise you, that this is a book you are not going to be able to put down. I have never read any of Sacerdoti’s books before, but I will be reading more now. She is an incredible writer, with the knack to bring you straight into the story. She seems able to build her characters roundly without them becoming to familiar to the reader, and therefore, predictable. Don’t start this book when you are busy. It needs and deserves your time dedicated to it.

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