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"Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up as the best of friends despite their differences. Elisabetta is a feisty beauty who dreams of becoming a novelist; Marco the brash and athletic son in a family of professional cyclists; and Sandro a Jewish mathematics prodigy, kind-hearted and thoughtful, the son of a lawyer and a doctor. Their friendship blossoms to love, with both Sandro and Marco hoping to win Elisabetta's heart. But in the autumn of 1937, all of that begins to change as Mussolini asserts his power, aligning Italy's Fascists with Hitler's Nazis and altering the very laws that govern Rome. In time, everything that the three hold dear--their families, their homes, and their connection to one another--is tested in ways they never could have imagined. As anti-Semitism takes legal root and World War II erupts, the threesome realizes that Mussolini was only the beginning. The Nazis invade Rome, and with their occupation come new atrocities against the city's Jews, culminating in a final, horrific betrayal. Against this backdrop, the intertwined fates of Elisabetta, Marco, Sandro, and their families will be decided, in a heartbreaking story of both the best and the worst that the world has to offer. Unfolding over decades, Eternal is a tale of loyalty and loss, family and food, love and war--all set in one of the world's most beautiful cities at its darkest moment"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Random House Large Print, [2021]
Edition: First large print edition., Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780593395660
Characteristics: xii, 711 pages (large print) : map ; 24 cm
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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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