The Fisherman's Daughter by Melinda Sue Sanchez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher to review.
Genre: Historical WWII fiction
Book Description: Eighteen-year-old Marianna De'Angelis has grown up on her father's fishing boat off the picturesque coast of Sicily, Italy. She traverses the nearby countryside on horseback and bicycle and works alongside her mother selling fish at market. It is a simple, happy life. But when WWII erupts and the Nazis overtake the country, Marianna's peaceful world is shattered.
In the midst of chaos, Marianna encounters a handsome, young Italian soldier named Massimo Scalvone. Though she tries to keep her distance, Marianna finds herself powerfully drawn to Massimo. Yet all the while, the man she is growing to love conceals a deadly secret—a secret that ensures that in a world now ruled by politics and greed, Massimo is not free to give his heart. Devastated, Marianna immerses herself in helping her family and neighbors survive the war. But soon, merely helping is not enough, and the young woman undertakes increasingly dangerous missions for the resistance. Although Marianna and Massimo each harbor secrets, their only hope of survival is to trust each other with the truth of who they really are.
My thoughts: War. It's a hard subject to think about. The suffering of a nation under the rule of a conquering nation is difficult. While the subject matter can be difficult, the thing that I love is that people rise up and work to help their neighbor and end the domination that armies inflict upon people.
This book takes place during the German occupation of Italy. The Italian people felt betrayed by Mussolini, who basically handed the country over to the Germans. Young men are forced to fight for the Nazi's, families are homeless and hungry, and homes and assets are seized unfairly by soldiers. This is the climate of the book, The Fisherman's Daughter.
The book is well written and has great pacing. I enjoyed the characters. They are strong people who are determined to make a difference. I enjoyed how Melinda Sue Sanchez was able to make me feel as if I were watching the events of the story. I could visualize the people and places because of her descriptions.
I highly recommend this book to any and all readers. This book does contain mild violence, descriptions of suffering, and kissing.
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