On Sale: April 25, 2017
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Women's Fiction Historical
Set against the beautiful backdrop of post-World War II
Sardinia, Sara Alexanderâ€™s evocative novel is a sweeping
story of star-crossed romance between an American lieutenant
and a local girl.
Sometimes a familyâ€™s deepest silences hide the most
important secrets. For Mina, a London-based travel writer,
the enigmatic silence surrounding her aunt Carmela has
become a personal obsession. Carmela disappeared from her
Italian hometown long ago and is mentioned only in fragments
and whispers. Mina has resisted prying, respectful of her
familyâ€™s Sardinian reserve. But now, with her mother
battling cancer, itâ€™s time to learn the truth.
In 1952, Simius is a busy Sardinian town surrounded by
fertile farms and orchards. Carmela Chirigoni, a farmerâ€™s
daughter and talented seamstress, is engaged to Franco, son
of the areaâ€™s wealthiest family. Everyone agrees itâ€™s a good
match. But Carmelaâ€™s growing doubts about Francoâ€™s
possessiveness are magnified when she meets Captain Joe
Kavanagh. Joe, an American officer stationed at a local army
base, is charismatic, intelligent, and married. Hired as his
interpreter, Carmela resolves to ignore her feelings,
knowing that any future together must bring upheaval and
heartache to both families.
As Mina follows the threads of Carmelaâ€™s life to uncover her
fate, she will discover a past still deeply alive in the
present, revealing a story of hope, sacrifice, and
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