Side Note: It took me forever to finish this book because I only listened to it on the way to and from work. It was like a show to me and the narrator did an amazing job at pulling me into the book’s environment.
I will attempt to write this review without getting teary eyed but I can’t promise you all anything. There were so many tears while I listened to this book – tears of despair as I felt the anguish and hopelessness of the characters, tears of happiness as I discovered the love blossoming even among the ruins of horrendous war, tears of relief at the acts of heroism displayed by all the different types of people I encountered in this book. So. many. tears.
Eva and Angelo’s story was fictional as the author states but their circumstances and the circumstances they find themselves in are not. It is really real what happened during World War II and I still don’t fully understand my fascination with reading historical fiction from this time. Perhaps simply it is how the human spirit, no matter the odds, can never been broken. Amidst the chaos and calculated destruction of monsters among men, there will always be a glimmer of hope. The rebellious spirit and faith of the characters called to me and I will cherish it and remember it always.
And since there is always a glimmer of hope in the darkness, I will give you all, whomever you maybe, some hope – this story is about redemption and love and finding that love no matter what obstacles come your way. Most WWII stories do not have happy endings, but this one does.
I leave you with this quote:
“My father told me once that we are on earth to learn. God wants us to receive
everything that life was meant to teach. Then we take what we’ve learned, and
it becomes our offering to God and to mankind. But we have to live in order to
learn. And sometimes we have to fight in order to live.”