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Publisher's Summary

Inspired by true events, and for fans of The Beekeeper’s Promise and The Tuscan Child, comes a passionate, heartbreaking and absolutely pause-resisting story of two remarkable women, separated by history, finding the courage to look for light in the darkest places. 

As she staggers through the woods towards the smoky remains of her village, she sees the wounded, all those familiar faces covered in blood and ashes, and remembers she isn’t just a woman; she is a doctor, and she is needed...

1938 - A young Italian couple cling to each other in the shadow of the Montevino mountains, Mussolini’s call to war ringing in their ears. They vow to stay together, no matter what, and hatch a plan to wed in secret before fleeing to the woods to join the resistance. 

Present Day - Callie Di Giacomo, a waitress from Texas, is still reeling from the discovery that she is adopted when she arrives in Montevino in search of answers - the keys to the stunning hillside villa she just inherited clutched tightly in her hand. In her birth mother’s wardrobe grief-stricken Callie finds a diary belonging to a woman named Elisa Stella, one of Italy’s first ever female students of medicine, wrapped in pale blue ribbon.  

Page by page, Callie unravels the story of a passionate young doctor who risked everything to marry her sweetheart, who was betrayed by her own people, and forced into hiding as Montevino was invaded. Elisa knew she must survive against all odds to see her loved ones again. But history had other plans… 

As the diary ends, a startling revelation about who Elisa was offers a chance for Callie to heal past wounds and spark a new future. But is she brave enough to take it?  

This unforgettable story of love, loss and resilience by the author of million-copy Amazon number one best seller, Watch Over Me, is perfect for anyone who loved The Letter, The Tattooist of Auschwitz or The Dressmaker’s Gift.  

©2020 Daniela Sacerdoti (P)2020 Bookouture

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  • Teresa
  • 2020-06-04

Loved it!!!


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This dual timeline of the present and 1930’s wartime Italy captured my heart! The way author Daniela Sacerdoti describes Montevino, Italy oh it sounds like the most beautiful, spellbinding little village and I want to go there! ⁣

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Callie is a twenty-one year old orphan who can’t seem to find her place in the world, when she finds out on her birthday that the parents that died in a car crash were actually her adoptive parents. When the lawyer tells her that her real mother is Italian from the small village of Montevino, she heads to Italy to find her roots and discovers much more...⁣

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This story was so heart-warming and such a nice surprise, I loved it and will definitely be checking out more of Daniela’s Sacerdoti’s works! ⁣

Happy Reading Everyone! ⁣

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  • Ree
  • 2020-04-14

Insulting and demeaning narration.

The fact that this person thought that a stereotypical and insulting Italian accent, where virtually every word ended in “a”, was a satisfactory representation demonstrates a lack of thought and research and an ignorance of stereotypes that were erased a generation ago. Shame on the author, editors, and production crew for not stopping this travesty.

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  • Lisa Lattanza
  • 2021-01-01

Great story

loved the story, I would highly recommend it..... narrator was good but her "Italian accent" while narrating the Italian characters was not very authentic

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  • Lynn Hall
  • 2020-12-27

A family’s journey

This takes place in Montevino Italy and a young woman’s search for a family that was unknown to her...Calle has turned 21 and is summoned by a attorney in San Antonio, Tx thus started her journey to discover who her real parents are...the reality of being adopted and then orphaned take her down a complex path with many twists and turns...I enjoyed the ride.

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  • Tera
  • 2020-12-21

Great storyline!

I loves this book. I listened to it through audible and the voices were perfect for it! The story was amazing and the characters as well. I would recommend to everyone!

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  • Vimala McClure
  • 2020-12-20

Wonderful romantic story

The story had many surprising twists and turns. It brought me to tears several times. I’m a WW2 buff and I loved the way the war story was interlaced with the present day.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-12-10

Wonderful !

I love this story. Kept drawing me further and further in and I couldn’t put it down. Being of Italian descent myself it reminded me so much of my own family when she spoke of her relative and townspeople. Serious at times and funny at other times. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Foster
  • 2020-10-09

Fine booking you are a juvenile

The narration was too fake - Too many American “slang” words that bled into the Italians speak. Ending was not unexpected.
Missed the history of Italian resistance-missed opportunity

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  • Jan M
  • 2020-03-23

Powerful Past and Present!

Daniela Sacerdoti wrote a powerful listen that is full of love, loss, resilience and hope. I loved how she incorporated actual facts into the storyline and did not gloss over the atrocities of war. The imagery of the countryside and village was so compelling. I could visualize so many details. Lisa Rost-Welling was incredible bringing the characters to life. She added the right emotions to her performance.

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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 2020-03-05

A story to get lost in

The moving story of Callie who grew up in the care system having been orphaned at the age of 10. She has a waitressing job, good friends and is saving to go to college but her life is turned upside down on her 21st birthday when she receives the news that she was adopted. At first she cannot believe the news but after reading a letter from her birth mother she decides to find out the truth. Her journey takes her to Montevino in Italy, she has inherited a beautiful villa, and she discovers her true family roots. A heartwarming, emotional story with wonderful descriptions of the Italian village and countryside, a story to get lost in.