5 / 5 Stars
As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood.
Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent, where Eva discovers she is just one of many Jews being sheltered by the Catholic Church.
But Eva can’t quietly hide, waiting for deliverance, while Angelo risks everything to keep her safe. With the world at war and so many in need, Angelo and Eva face trial after trial, choice after agonizing choice, until fate and fortune finally collide, leaving them with the most difficult decision of all.
Oh, my god. This entire book was just completely unexpected and I was so blown away by every aspect of this story.
The writing style was perfect. It flowed, included plenty of detail and left me wanting to keep reading. I haven’t had a book suck me in like this in a very long time and I was so thrilled to have a story entice me to keep turning pages to the very end.
Both Eva and Angelo were perfect characters to keep me intrigued. Both were struggling with very different issues throughout the book but were still connected by their love for each other. The story was heartbreaking and heartwarming and kept me up incredibly late, eager to find out what was going to happen and where they were going to end up. Both characters were equally wonderful – a trait not enough books have.
I was overwhelmed with emotion at points and actually had to put the book down to keep myself from welling up. As the host for the Once Upon a Book Club read-alongs, there were points where I was at a loss for words when discussing some of the more heart-wrenching moments in the story.
This book held me captive from beginning to end and I don’t get this enough anymore. I’m so over the moon with how this book turned out and am incredibly happy with the selection made by Once Upon a Book Club. To visit my full overview of the February box and to see the correlating gifts selected, click here!
Absolutely, more than anything. Drop whatever it is you’re doing and read this right now.