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"Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up as best friends, despite their differences. Elisabetta is a feisty beauty who dreams of becoing a novelist, Marco a handsome cyclist with a secret, and Sandro a Jewish mathematics prodigy. Soon their friendship ripens to romance, and Marco and Sandro vie to win Elisabetta. Meanwhile war threatens the world, and Mussolini leads Italy down a dark path. Harsh restrictions against Italian Jews take legal root, blocking Sandro from finishing his studies. Marco, who works at the local Fascist office, fears that his party is destroying his best friend, but his loyalty is torn. Caught in the middle, Elisabetta struggles to survive as her life crumbles around her. Then the Nazis invade Rome, and a shocking historical event decides the fate of the threesome, once and for all."--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print [2021]
Edition: First large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780593395660
Branch Call Number: L.P. Fic Scot
Characteristics: xii, 711 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Jun 04, 2021

This is Lisa's best book ever! Couldn't put it down from beginning to end. Even being a fiction novel, I can believe what was happening at the era during WWII.

May 30, 2021

I remember reading my first Lisa Scott line book, "Everywhere That Mary Went" and how much I enjoyed it as a legal thriller and mystery book. Light hearted, fun, well crafted. I've enjoyed reading each book as they've come out. But eternal is such a powerful book. Not only did I enjoy it but I was mesmerized and appalled by it. The story it tells is so powerful and I couldn't put it down. I did not know the history of the Italian Holocaust and it's something that I will read more about now, and just like what happened in Germany should not be forgotten. I highly recommend this book.

May 20, 2021

Probably Scottoline’s best writing! Through the background of a tragic love story, she writes a historical novel depicting the treatment of Italian Jews first by Mussolini’s Fascists and then by Hitler’s Natzis! Yes, an Italian dictionary would have been useful. I did appreciate the map of Rome showing the various streets where the story took place.

May 20, 2021

The use of so many Italian words was rather annoying. I could have used an Italian dictionary!

Apr 21, 2021

A truly beautiful story. A Must Read.

Apr 20, 2021

Truly a beautiful, moving but heartbreaking love story.

Apr 17, 2021

I'm a Scottoline fan but this book is a departure from her usual books. It is an endearing tale of friendship and love in the backdrop of second world war Italy. Marco, Sandro, and Elisabetta are best friends but this friendship is complicated since both Sandro and Marco love Elisabetta. This makes for a complicated story which Scottoline handles with tenderness. Every reader will be rooting for one or the other of Elisabetta's beaus and cannot help but approve of the ending. Yes, it was a tearjerker now and then.

Apr 14, 2021

I just finished reading this very moving story of three friends during a horrific time in Italy. I found the story difficult at times to read, tears came easily. As we go through the trials of this pandemic, I took away hope from the characters in the book who survived the hardships of war that we too can survive and get back to our lives especially with our families. Enjoy reading this masterpiece.

Mar 30, 2021

Just when I think there can be no new material for a World War II novel, Scottoline proves me wrong. Following three Italian friends through World War II and the regime of Mussolini, Scottoline shows the power of enduring friendships. Elisabetta is struggling to support her drunken father and her mother, a music teacher. Marco finds a job in Mussolini’s government, and Sando, a Jew, struggles to finds his way forward as the Fascists put more and more restrictions on him. Further complicating the story is the romantic love both young men feel for Elisabetta. Well-written and a nice departure from Scottoline’s previous novels.

Mar 11, 2021

"War was eternal, but so was peace.
Death was eternal, but so was life.
Darkness was eternal, but so was light.
Hate was eternal, but above all, so was love."

Rome in the time of WW II. Many, many previous books show us Paris or London. I am glad to see more books coming out about Italy (another recent title is 'Our Darkest Night' by Jennifer Robson). We are used to reading thrillers from Lisa Scottoline. This historical fiction has just as many exciting twists and turns as we watch three childhood friends deal with the changes occurring in their country due to war and prejudice. Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up together. They were childhood playmates, but as they grow into adulthood both young men want to marry Elisabetta. Who will she choose. There is a child. Who is the father? With glimpses into the Ghetto, the Vatican, and the office of Mussolini this well-researched novel is a labor of love and a must read for historical fiction fans.


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