Somehow I was led to this book after reading and thoroughly enjoying Kate Morton's book The House at Riverton. But there is no comparison. The beginning is intriguing. An infant girl, Rosa, is left at a nunnery. She is raised by the sisters and fifteen years later she leaves to become governess for the daughter of a wealthy Italian family at the time when Mussolini is coming into power. That she has some connection to this family is immediately obvious. From there on it is amazingly contradictory. While she displays seemingly great knowledge of child rearing, Pythagoras, music, language and philosophy, she is apparently ignorant of how babies are conceived and born. This becomes obvious after Rosa is wrongly jailed because of an accusation that Rosa aided another servant in aborting her child, by the evil step mother (an Italian noble woman by marriage) of her charge . Rosa is in jailed for ,over a year and is raped by one of her jailers. She doesn't realize she is pregnant until another inmate clues her in. This is 3 hours into the story. I kept trying but was so bored an irritated by both the writing and the plot I had to stop. For me a wasted credit. I prefer more subtlety and realism..
Loved the story. The ability to take you there never ceasd. The ultimate intimate encounter between Rose and DiLuche during the mist perilous times was priceless. This was a very well orchestrated love story in the mist of such heart drenching war times. Excellent!
This is a wonderful story that grabs your attention and captivates you to hurry to the end. It was difficult to put down but sometimes you had to. Not because you wanted to but life goes on. The twist toward the end surprised me totally. I did recommend it to my book club and anyone else wh would listen to my rave reviews.
A must read!! The story was terrific as was the performance!! Don't miss this one!
Phrases like "a doomed veal calf crying for its mother " ruin a story for me. I wish the author would see how unnecessary this is. Since I could not get that vision out of my mind I could not continue . Also- this is the first time that I didn't love Caroline Lee's narration. This time her portrayal of some of the names in this story was irritating and inconsistent .
Excellent listening experience. I chose it because of the reader, Caroline Lee, who is my favorite. Now I will listen to others by this author. She is an excellent writer and storyteller.
The setting and time make this interesting and enjoyable. The time is World War II and the setting is Italy from the Italian view point.
I so enjoy Audible...helps me get my to-do list accomplished.
Alot to read and understand. ...but suspenseful and interesting. Will purchase another one of her novels.
This is one of my favorite author and probably my favorite narrator. Yet, this book gave me some mixed feelings because it was very sad. There were times I had to speed up the narration to end the overwhelmingly depressing scenes in the book. I must admit I got frustrated by the sequence of bad events throughout the story. The story and plot are solid in this novel; a good set of characters and very interesting with many well researched facts of the time and era of the story is impressive. I enjoyed the book and recommend to all listeners that enjoy long good books.