Release Date - 3rd November 2016
Book length - 552 pages
Available on - www.amazon.com | www.amazon.co.uk
Italy, 1945: as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated cities, its population fights each other to survive. Caterina Lombardi is desperate - her mother has abandoned them already and her brother is being drawn into the mafia. Early one morning, among the ruins of the bombed Naples streets, she is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect her family and in doing so forges a future very different to the one she expected. But will the secrets of her family's past be her downfall? This epic novel is an unforgettably powerful story of love, loss and the long shadow of war.
There are not enough words to describe the magnificence of this gripping tale but I will try to do it justice. Caterina Lombardi is doing the best that she can for her family in her home of Italy in the aftermath of the War. Her beautiful Sorrento and Naples may have been pillaged and bombed but its spirit and wonder still remain, ensnaring the hearts of the Allied soldiers who are trying to reinstate the land to its former glory. Like her flawed but stunning homeland, Caterina is determined to protect her secretive family during these dangerous times, but as she is drawn into a dangerous investigation, her life and her treasured memories will never be the same again. This stunning novel captivated me immediately, and its poetic prose describing this unique country and culture will transport you to a different time and place. Caterina and Jake are characters full of depth, strength, and honour, and their unusual relationship makes for a compelling read. THE LIBERATION by Kate Furnivall evokes the kaleidoscope of human emotions, from betrayal to love and loyalty, while telling a story of family, sacrifice, danger, and strength. This book is amazing and I highly recommend it to all fiction fans!!
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖📖 5+++
Kate Furnivall was raised in Penarth, a small seaside town in Wales. Her mother, whose own childhood was spent in Russia, China and India, discovered at an early age that the world around us is so volatile, that the only things of true value are those inside your head and your heart. These values Kate explores in The Russian Concubine.
Kate went to London University where she studied English and from there she went into publishing, writing material for a series of books on the canals of Britain. Then into advertising where she met her future husband, Norman. She travelled widely, giving her an insight into how different cultures function which was to prove invaluable when writing The Russian Concubine.
It was when her mother died in 2000 that Kate decided to write a book inspired by her mother's story. The Russian Concubine contains fictional characters and events, but Kate made use of the extraordinary situation that was her mother's childhood experience - that of two White Russian refugees, a mother and daughter, stuck without money or papers in an International Settlement in China. For more information:
Website - katefurnivall.com
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*I was lucky enough to win a copy of this novel from THE Bookclub on FB
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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