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19 hours, 7 minutes #1 bestselling author Lisa Scottoline offers a sweeping and shattering epic of historical fiction fueled by shocking true events, the tale of a love triangle that unfolds in the heart of Rome...in the creeping shadow of fascism. What war destroys, only love can heal. Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up as the best of friends despite their differences. El 19 hours, 7 minutes #1 bestselling author Lisa Scottoline offers a sweeping and shattering epic of historical fiction fueled by shocking true events, the tale of a love triangle that unfolds in the heart of Rome...in the creeping shadow of fascism. What war destroys, only love can heal. 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. This moving novel will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of readers.


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19 hours, 7 minutes #1 bestselling author Lisa Scottoline offers a sweeping and shattering epic of historical fiction fueled by shocking true events, the tale of a love triangle that unfolds in the heart of Rome...in the creeping shadow of fascism. What war destroys, only love can heal. Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up as the best of friends despite their differences. El 19 hours, 7 minutes #1 bestselling author Lisa Scottoline offers a sweeping and shattering epic of historical fiction fueled by shocking true events, the tale of a love triangle that unfolds in the heart of Rome...in the creeping shadow of fascism. What war destroys, only love can heal. 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. This moving novel will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of readers.

30 review for Eternal

  1. 4 out of 5

    Angela M

    Lisa Scottoline is a prolific author. I’ve seen her books praised online. I’ve seen her books in the library and in book stores, yet I’ve never read any of them until now. She’s writes thrillers, a genre that I don’t usually read. When I had the opportunity to read this book, her first work of historical fiction, one of my favorite genres, I jumped at the chance. I’ve read many WWII stories focused on Germany, Poland, France, Hitler and the Nazis and the Holocaust, but not much about the rise of Lisa Scottoline is a prolific author. I’ve seen her books praised online. I’ve seen her books in the library and in book stores, yet I’ve never read any of them until now. She’s writes thrillers, a genre that I don’t usually read. When I had the opportunity to read this book, her first work of historical fiction, one of my favorite genres, I jumped at the chance. I’ve read many WWII stories focused on Germany, Poland, France, Hitler and the Nazis and the Holocaust, but not much about the rise of Mussolini and Fascism in Italy and the invasion later by the Nazis. I learned so much from this novel depicted through the fate of three characters and their families’ experiences portrayed in that time and place. I learned about the impact of fascism and Naziism on the Italian Jews in Rome’s Jewish ghetto, on families who were sympathetic to Mussolini and of the anti fascist resistance, all represented in these families. In her note at the end, Scottoline tells us her inspiration to write the novel, and to tell this not very well known story of the “rastrellamento” ( roundup) of the Jews in Rome on October 16, 1943 which “ sent twelve hundred men, women, and children to Auschwitz.” I had no idea that the Jewish Ghetto in Rome was “the oldest living Jewish community in Western Civilization.” It’s nearly 500 pages and there wasn’t a minute that I didn’t want to keep reading. It’s mostly told in alternating chapters, beginning with Elisabetta, who later in life decides it’s time for her son to know her story. The novel is the story of three main characters, Elisabetta, Marco and Sandro through the years before and during the war. There are also a few chapters from the point of view of others in their families. Before our eyes, these three young people grow up during these tumultuous times, and while we see them coming of age, this story is so much more. While focusing on a difficult time in history, it is also a celebration of all that is Italian. The author’s love for the country and people resonates on every page. She beautifully blends in the culture, the people, the art, the beautiful language, the food. I’ve been to Italy once and it holds a special place in my heart since all of my grandparents were born there. I felt deeply connected. The picture perfect descriptions of the places in Rome brought to mind that trip, and forged even more my wish to go back one day. This is a emotional story of family, of loss, of love, a depth of friendship that is at the same time heartening and heartbreaking. It’s a stunning piece of historical fiction, just so well done. From reading some about the events that take place here and reading the author’s note on her preparation for this novel, it appears to be so well researched . I highly recommend it to historical fiction fans and anyone who loves all things Italian. I loved everything about this story. I received a copy of this book from G.P. Putnam’s Sons through Edelweiss.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I devoured Eternal in much the same way and for many of the same reasons that I savored The English Patient, Atonement, or Corelli’s Mandolin: Lisa Scottoline has written a beautiful, heartbreaking, wrenching love story set in the Second World War. It’s alive with characters I cared about deeply — including the remarkable city of Rome, itself — and their courage in the face of Fascism.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kerrin P

    Eternal by Lisa Scottoline is a World War II historical fiction novel that takes place in Rome, the Eternal City. The prologue of the story starts in 1957 when the character Elisabetta decides it is time to tell her thirteen-year-old son who his father really was. She must also explain why she hid the truth from him until he was old enough. Elisabetta knows she must come to grips with the incidents that shaped her youth during the ventennio, which was the twenty years of Mussolini’s rule, and du Eternal by Lisa Scottoline is a World War II historical fiction novel that takes place in Rome, the Eternal City. The prologue of the story starts in 1957 when the character Elisabetta decides it is time to tell her thirteen-year-old son who his father really was. She must also explain why she hid the truth from him until he was old enough. Elisabetta knows she must come to grips with the incidents that shaped her youth during the ventennio, which was the twenty years of Mussolini’s rule, and during World War II before she can explain these things to her son. Then the reader is taken back to Rome, 1937, when Elisabetta and her two best friends, Marco and Sandro are carefree teenagers. Both boys have taken an interest in Elisabetta and she in turns likes both of them. The boys agree to let the best one win her heart. As tensions grow in Italy, so does the relationship of the three friends. Elisabetta’s family disintegrates and she must learn to take care of her alcoholic father and herself by waitressing. Sandro, who is a math genius, is forced out of school since he is Jewish. His father, a tax attorney, becomes active in the Jewish Ghetto community. Sandro’s mother, a beloved OB-GYN, is forced to give up her medical practice. Marco, who has a reading disability, drops out of school and begins working full time for the Fascist government. Unbeknown to him, his brother, Aldo, is working for an anti-fascist group. The horrors of the war force these young adults to grow up quickly. Their relationships with each other and their families dramatically change throughout the novel. In the end, those who survived the war know that they are stronger because of their love for each other and their love of Italy. 4-Stars. Book club recommended. The hardcover is 480 pages. Thanks to Edelweiss + and G. P. Putnam & Sons for my advanced reader copy of this novel. The expected publication date is March 23, 2021.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Martha Kelly

    Just when I was yearning for a trip to Italy in the middle of the pandemic, craving pasta and piazzas, along comes Lisa Scottoline's Eternal. If you've seen Lisa's wonderful FaceBook Live events, or been lucky enough to see her at an in-person book event, she's a brimming with Italian energy, wit and humour and it all comes through in her books. Eternal is about three young people caught up in WWII in Italy, a setting somewhat rare in that period of historical fiction, and she brings it alive so Just when I was yearning for a trip to Italy in the middle of the pandemic, craving pasta and piazzas, along comes Lisa Scottoline's Eternal. If you've seen Lisa's wonderful FaceBook Live events, or been lucky enough to see her at an in-person book event, she's a brimming with Italian energy, wit and humour and it all comes through in her books. Eternal is about three young people caught up in WWII in Italy, a setting somewhat rare in that period of historical fiction, and she brings it alive so beautifully. It all starts with a tantalising secret and before you know it you really feel for gorgeous Elisabetta, bookish Sandro and brash bike racer Marco and become invested in their lives. Of course, being WWII, horrible events unfold, all based in fact and deeply researched, and we fear for the three young people as they navigate their way through love and loss. Lisa's FaceBook chats, where she shares her research for the book, are a must to watch, as a companion to the book. They're gripping and show why Eternal feels so real you can almost taste the cappelletti, as you get lost in the pages on your glorious and heart-wrenching trip to Italy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    Eternal by Lisa Scottoline is a beautiful story of World War II in Italy starting with teenagers before the war and lasting decades. I love Scottoline’s thrillers, so was curious about her writing historical fiction. Eternal is so beautiful, I am shocked it is Scottoline’s first historical fiction novel, and I hope she writes more. The story starts with three best friends that turns into a love triangle. While Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro are listening to their family’s opinions, Elisabetta is Eternal by Lisa Scottoline is a beautiful story of World War II in Italy starting with teenagers before the war and lasting decades. I love Scottoline’s thrillers, so was curious about her writing historical fiction. Eternal is so beautiful, I am shocked it is Scottoline’s first historical fiction novel, and I hope she writes more. The story starts with three best friends that turns into a love triangle. While Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro are listening to their family’s opinions, Elisabetta is trying to choose between Marco and Sandro. Then, antisemitism and World War II makes its way to Italy changing all of their lives. I loved all of the characters. The characters are very different and their experiences are varied. Sandro is Jewish so has the strongest consequences from the Nazis. The story is emotional, powerful and beautifully written. I highly recommend Eternal to fans of historical fiction and World War II novels. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Edoardo Ballerini, and Lisa Scottoline. The narration was great and made this book seem to go by so fast. The narrators really got into the character’s personalities and talked with emotion. Thank you G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Random House Audio, and Edelweiss for Eternal. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

    When I first heard that my favorite legal thriller author was taking a step into the historical fiction field, I was conflicted- excited to hear a new story from a voice I admire and love; nervous that I would be missing something of her in this book. Excited won out and I stalked Edelweiss, the pre order sites and others to get a glimpse of this book. What was delivered was one of the BEST novels I have read. While changed in genre, Scottoline’s strong feminine voice rang true and her story tel When I first heard that my favorite legal thriller author was taking a step into the historical fiction field, I was conflicted- excited to hear a new story from a voice I admire and love; nervous that I would be missing something of her in this book. Excited won out and I stalked Edelweiss, the pre order sites and others to get a glimpse of this book. What was delivered was one of the BEST novels I have read. While changed in genre, Scottoline’s strong feminine voice rang true and her story telling power jumped off the page. Emotional, tender, heartbreaking and hopeful all these words ring true in speaking of this story. I didn’t want the book to end as I wasn’t ready to let Elisabetta, Marco and Sandro go. Knowing the desire Lisa had to write this novel her research and ability to spin yarn was palpable while reading. I absolutely loved these characters (flaws and all), the story and the premise. This has truly taught me that Lisa can write any genre. Breathtaking and a sorry that will stay with me for a very long time. BRAVA, Lisa!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    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 childhoo 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. Thank you to G.P. Putnam and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I was so excited to read this book as I absolutely adore anything by this author. This book was a little bit different than her other books. The story is set in Italy at the very beginning of World war II. The main characters are Elisabetta, Marco and Sandro, who are like the 3 musketeers in high school. Unfortunately the world is about to be changed for each of them in the midst of fascism and anti-Semitism. There are so many lessons to be learned about bravery, friendship and loyalty. Thanks so m I was so excited to read this book as I absolutely adore anything by this author. This book was a little bit different than her other books. The story is set in Italy at the very beginning of World war II. The main characters are Elisabetta, Marco and Sandro, who are like the 3 musketeers in high school. Unfortunately the world is about to be changed for each of them in the midst of fascism and anti-Semitism. There are so many lessons to be learned about bravery, friendship and loyalty. Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    "What war destroys, only love can heal." Truth be told this is not the norm by Lisa Scottoline and I'm pleased she ventured out to write this new historical fiction piece with so much tender emotion and appeal to her readers. It gives many of us struggling hope that there's light at the end of this darkness we now reside in and I for one am grateful to have received this early ARC copy. I've also been one of the most vocal reviewers of Lisa as her work can be hit or miss with me and unlike others I "What war destroys, only love can heal." Truth be told this is not the norm by Lisa Scottoline and I'm pleased she ventured out to write this new historical fiction piece with so much tender emotion and appeal to her readers. It gives many of us struggling hope that there's light at the end of this darkness we now reside in and I for one am grateful to have received this early ARC copy. I've also been one of the most vocal reviewers of Lisa as her work can be hit or miss with me and unlike others I don't cherry coat responses for likes or fan appeal in popularity. I absolutely had no idea what I was getting into with this as I didn't read up prior to entering my request at Netgalley but did know Lisa is a fan fave & was pleasantly surprised. It started off extremely slow but when the setting was laid out, the characters in place, the historical aspects playing out, it took off and never looked back. The overall appeal was centered upon loss, love, food, cultural heritage, community support, racial tensions, anti-semitism, and romance at all cost in the mist of the destruction and death during World War II in Rome when obstruction was advanced with the occupation against the Jews. "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." When the Nazis invaded Rome the world stood still and it seemed like everything was in disarray. The fact that these friends were united in faith as much as friendship was a testament to themselves between: Elisabetta, Marco, Sandro with the latter chasing the heart of Elisabetta and we must not forget Aldo. The ultimate behaviors, attitudes, actions, and loss was apparent and when the Nazis walked into homes demanding anything of value to support these horrific actions for the war effort was beyond comprehension but relatable in today's turmoil. What one must remember is the fight and will to survive was stronger than the hate and evil that existed and they overcame by staying united. Taking a bullet is more than just a saying it's a way of life for many who faced the insurmountable odds and horror. To be forced from their homes, taken aboard trains marked for death with tattoos to concentration camps, to face that type of evil by gunpoint or worse was unimaginable but portrayed with heartfelt emotion by Lisa to areas known as Collegio Militare and Aushwitz. This was the story of two loves revolving during a tumultous time in which their may be only one left standing. Marco's ultimate dilemma, the reading issue, the loving mannerisms displayed by Sandro and ultimately the end result of a new beginning was quite extraordinary. I've read my fair share of WWII and I always come back to this time frame and period in history because there's so much to learn and still uncover. It's a fascinating read that I hope you will embrace fully and unequivocally with a warm and loving invite. Thank you to Lisa, the pub, Netgalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)

    Life seems pretty good for Sandro, Marco, and Elisabetta as they grow up together in the beautiful city of Rome. Sandro is a mathematical genius, Marco is the charming and athletic one, and Elisabetta is the dreamer who hopes to become a writer one day. As they grow up, both boys have their eyes on their childhood friend turned beautiful girl, Elisabetta. However, things start to change for their country when Mussolini starts to align himself with Hitler and the Nazis. Before they know it, Jews Life seems pretty good for Sandro, Marco, and Elisabetta as they grow up together in the beautiful city of Rome. Sandro is a mathematical genius, Marco is the charming and athletic one, and Elisabetta is the dreamer who hopes to become a writer one day. As they grow up, both boys have their eyes on their childhood friend turned beautiful girl, Elisabetta. However, things start to change for their country when Mussolini starts to align himself with Hitler and the Nazis. Before they know it, Jews in Rome are being subjected to unfair laws and as the days go on, the laws become more and more strict. This greatly impacts Sandro's family as they are Jewish, but his father is a prominent lawyer and he hopes is that they can be exempt. Meanwhile, Marco, a struggling student, finds himself working for Mussolini's people. At first, it's just a job that he happens to be good at, but things start to get serious and Marco starts questioning which side he is on. Before they know it, their community is impacted by the war and the Nazis. Sandro, Marco and Elisabetta's lives will be changed irrevocably. Eternal by Lisa Scottoline is a heartbreaking and compelling World War II novel that fans of the time period will especially enjoy. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    I was given an ARC of this book by a friend in the publishing industry. My daughter loves Scottoline's law series, so I was excited to read this one. I really enjoyed reading this! Once again, I got to learn about a facet of World War 2 that I heard very little about in school. Italy and the Fascists were just a small paragraph in all of our history books, but this story lends humanity to the horrors that country endured. The three main narrators all have different but intriguing voices. I loved I was given an ARC of this book by a friend in the publishing industry. My daughter loves Scottoline's law series, so I was excited to read this one. I really enjoyed reading this! Once again, I got to learn about a facet of World War 2 that I heard very little about in school. Italy and the Fascists were just a small paragraph in all of our history books, but this story lends humanity to the horrors that country endured. The three main narrators all have different but intriguing voices. I loved how real the characters felt and how they made mistakes and found redemption. I cried through most of the last 1/4, but it was worth it. I also loved reading the author's note and seeing how she included the real events that happened in Rome. It's heartbreaking to know that this really happened, but important for that story to be told and heard. We can learn so much from the past.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sue Fernandez

    Thank you to Edelweiss for a DARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. I have read many WWII novels, and a dear friend was a survivor, so I'm very selective. Eternal was a different take (Italy's involvement and Jewish citizens) on this period. The three best friends, coming into adulthood, are determining the paths their lives will take, who they will love and respect of their families. The characters were so well done, I felt they were my friends, which made the twists and turns mor Thank you to Edelweiss for a DARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. I have read many WWII novels, and a dear friend was a survivor, so I'm very selective. Eternal was a different take (Italy's involvement and Jewish citizens) on this period. The three best friends, coming into adulthood, are determining the paths their lives will take, who they will love and respect of their families. The characters were so well done, I felt they were my friends, which made the twists and turns more heartbreaking at times. The author's love of Italy shines through. The addition of a subplot about dyslexia is also near to my heart, as my daughter struggles with this. The author explained it well, wove it into the plot and I applaud that.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tracie

    Elisabetta, Sandro and Marco have been friends since childhood as have their families. However, Mussolini and his fascist followers tear the country apart and families apart as well. The story really begins in 1937 in Rome, Italy. Ms. Scottoline has researched the time period and her descriptions of the city put the reader there. I don't want to give away the story and there are surprises, but the characters are sympathetic and as a reader and history student, I worried about their fate. Also, I Elisabetta, Sandro and Marco have been friends since childhood as have their families. However, Mussolini and his fascist followers tear the country apart and families apart as well. The story really begins in 1937 in Rome, Italy. Ms. Scottoline has researched the time period and her descriptions of the city put the reader there. I don't want to give away the story and there are surprises, but the characters are sympathetic and as a reader and history student, I worried about their fate. Also, I liked that the story was told by several of those characters. Lastly, the author illustrates that "families" are not always made by blood in a lovely way. I received a copy from the publisher and NetGalley for a honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    ‘Eternal,’ her first work in historical fiction, is the book Lisa Scottoline has wanted to write ever since she took Philip Roth’s year-long seminar on the ‘Literature of the Holocaust’ at the University of Pennsylvania. It was there she was introduced to the Italian Jewish chemist, Primo Levi, who survived Auschwitz and wrote the memoir, “If This is a Man,” published in the U.S. as, “Survival in Auschwitz.” After intensive research, and travel to various sites in Italy, Lisa has taken her enorm ‘Eternal,’ her first work in historical fiction, is the book Lisa Scottoline has wanted to write ever since she took Philip Roth’s year-long seminar on the ‘Literature of the Holocaust’ at the University of Pennsylvania. It was there she was introduced to the Italian Jewish chemist, Primo Levi, who survived Auschwitz and wrote the memoir, “If This is a Man,” published in the U.S. as, “Survival in Auschwitz.” After intensive research, and travel to various sites in Italy, Lisa has taken her enormous writing talent to put forth this labor a love. Although her three main characters are fictional, Elisabetta, Sandro, and Marco, to aid the story, the majority of the history is real. The events, places and names of the people are factual. I encourage all to read her, ‘Author’s Note’ to get a further sense and appreciation of the history and Lisa’s efforts to honor all the people involved. When Mussolini led Italy to align with Germany in WWII most Italians did not realize what it meant for their country’s Jewish population. Rome experienced several ‘rastrellamentos’ or ‘roundups’ of Jews in its neighborhoods, and its own ‘Jewish Ghetto.’ Of the 12,000 Jews in Rome at that time, 10,000 survived by hiding in the Vatican, monasteries, convents, and homes. Unfortunately, of the 1200 men, women, and children who were sent to Auschwitz around October 16, 1943, only 16 survived: 15 men and 1 woman. A terrible, horrible price of life to pay, although not nearing the thousands in central Europe. We have all read statistics about WWII, but Lisa has humanized this story with her characters, their families, friendships, and struggles just to exist. As the Nazis tried to dehumanize the Jews in Italy, in this story, many came to their aide. Although it was not enough, as in most locations during this war, that they tried in their efforts is a worthy remembrance. I highly recommend this book. Thank you Netgalley, Penguin Group Putnam, and Lisa Scottoline.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vickie Raynor

    Very powerful! I love historical fiction that incorporates real historical facts. Although the main were fictional, the facts around them, and many of the people, were real. When you connect with the characters of a book, you feel you’re a part of the story. This is what happened to me while this. I was transformed into the past during the atrocities that Mussolini and Hitler instilled on the Jews. It gave up close up view that no history book could ever do. I was emotionally riveted. A must rea Very powerful! I love historical fiction that incorporates real historical facts. Although the main were fictional, the facts around them, and many of the people, were real. When you connect with the characters of a book, you feel you’re a part of the story. This is what happened to me while this. I was transformed into the past during the atrocities that Mussolini and Hitler instilled on the Jews. It gave up close up view that no history book could ever do. I was emotionally riveted. A must read! Provided by NetGalley.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Penny Cook

    Even though it as not what I expected from Lisa Scottoline it was a great story. Two best friends (one is Jewish) are in love with same woman.. She also loves both of them. The boys are not in a battle over her but respect each other and want whatever is best for her. The story is about the families of these three young people and what they endure during the war and holocaust. It is a bittersweet story that gives your heart a putt for these families and the choices they make.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    ETERNAL BY LISA SCOTTOLINE Omnia vincit amor Love conquers all things. --Virgil It was an honor and privilege to be approved to read the famous bestselling Author, Lisa Scottoline's labor of love called, "Eternal." I am grateful to Penguin Groups Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons for providing me with my ARC of this breathtaking historical novel about the Italian Holocaust and Mussolini's twenty year rise and fall of Fascism. This epic historical novel written by Lisa Scottoline started out as an idea du ETERNAL BY LISA SCOTTOLINE Omnia vincit amor Love conquers all things. --Virgil It was an honor and privilege to be approved to read the famous bestselling Author, Lisa Scottoline's labor of love called, "Eternal." I am grateful to Penguin Groups Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons for providing me with my ARC of this breathtaking historical novel about the Italian Holocaust and Mussolini's twenty year rise and fall of Fascism. This epic historical novel written by Lisa Scottoline started out as an idea during her undergraduate days as an English major during which time she had the good fortune to attend a year long seminar taught by the legendary novelist, Philip Roth. This opportunity took place at the University of Pennsylvania. He introduced her to the work of Primo Levi, who wrote a memoir that its title was published in the United States called, "Survival in Auschwitz." The setting for this beautifully written novel takes place in Rome. The architecture of the buildings descriptions were stunning and I could easily see in my mind's eye. One of the main character's that is fictional is the beautiful Elisabetta who is a waitress in one of Rome's most exclusive restaurant's brought to life many mouth watering Italian home-made pasta dishes. My oldest son always wanted to go to Italy and after reading this I have decided that he and I must go there together for the history and the food. The back drop of this story is the Italian Holocaust and another main character is an Italian Jewish boy named Sandro. His father was a tax attorney and his mother was a doctor. Sandro, Elisabetta and Marco are all best friends and they all love each other. Sandro is fictional as well as Marco but they represent the strong love of each other as brother's. They both love Elisabetta and she vacillates as a sweet young girl who loves both of them at the same time while they are young but ultimately chooses one of them. Her mother Serafina abandons her leaving her to take care of her father who has had all of his finger's broken because as a former artist he painted over some fascist words. Sandro is the first to kiss Elisabetta and knows he wants to marry her but his parent's don't approve because they want him to marry an Italian Jewish girl and they want Jewish grandchildren. Marco also loves Elisabetta and he is the youngest of three boy's in his family. His father had an affair with her mother so his oldest brother who is a priest at the Vatican confirms that the rumor is true and Marco is also told by his oldest brother that he can never marry Elisabetta either. So there is a love triangle between the three but there is also true historical facts that really happened in Rome. Sandro is a mathematician prodigy who plans to study with the factual Levi-Cevita, who was a real life mathematician known as the "Einstein of Italy," is the first to be affected by the new Race Laws. These new Race Law's strip the Italian Jewish people of their rights to be able to attend their schools in Rome. Sandro's dream of studying with Levi-Cevita can no longer happen. His father loses his ability to practice law and his mother can no longer be a physician at the hospital. They along with other Italian Jewish families lose their homes, vocations, and many other things because Mussolini is aligning himself with Hitler. Article 4 "Those members of scientific, literary, and artistic academics, institutes, and and associations who are the Jewish race will cease to be part of said institutions beginning on October 16, 1938." "Italian citizens who according to the laws, are considered as belonging to the Jewish race are excluded from the PNF, the Partito Nazionale Fascista." Mussolini and the Fascists are proclaiming these new Race Law's which discriminate against the Italian Jew's like Sandro and his family stripping away their rights even before Mussolini enters World War II. He had the option of joining with Great Britain but ultimately chose to align himself with Hitler and Germany. Marco works with the Fascist government for a time. His brother Aldo is secretly working with the resistance or anti Fascists trying to disrupt the Mussolini Government. In the beginning of this novel Lisa Scottoline provides a map and a list of each of the three families and other character's but I didn't find it necessary because I got to know each character intimately. This is an epic historical novel. While the three main character's are fictional they are a powerful triangle of love. There are many scenes and secondary character's that are factual. During the Nazi Occupation of Rome they really did extort an impossible amount of gold from the Italian Jewish citizens which they met or else two hundred Jewish citizens were going to be deported to concentration camps. The physician of the hospital really did save the Italian Jewish patients from being seized by the Nazi's by tricking them that they could be infected by the deadly virus Syndrome K which was just a ruse but named after Nazi Field Marshal Albert Kesselring. I haven't read any of Lisa Scottoline's previous work. She is a best selling Author of approximately 32 novels of fiction and 9 non-fiction books. I can tell that this might be her most meaningful novel that she has admitted saying she wanted to write since her writing career began. I absolutely loved this one named, "Eternal." What I loved about it is that this is the first Holocaust novel that I have read in a long time that doesn't take place in France or Germany. I did read a good one that is under rated that ends up taking place in Denmark which the title changed on publication called, "The German Girl." We have the wonderful "Lilac Girls," "All the Light We Cannot See," now with this one called, "Eternal," taking place in Rome, it is also Unforgettable and a must read by a talented, bestselling author. I highly, highly recommend this and can truly attest that this one is unique, heartbreaking and life affirming and a favorite that I am so happy to have read. Publication Date: March 23, 2021 Thank you to Net Galley, Lisa Scottoline and Penguin Group Putnam--G.P. Putnam's Sons for generously providing me with my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. #Eternal #LisaScottoline #PenguinGroupPutnamGPPutnam'sSons #NetGalley

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn in FL

    MASTERPIECE! PREDICT IT ACHIEVES BEST BOOK FOR 2021: COMING OF AGE, HISTORICAL FICTION TALE MS. SCOTTOLINE'S OPUS! This is an amazing tale of three young people as they face life altering impacts of war, deprivation, political upheaval, racism, betrayals and the ultimate sacrifices for love. Be ready to miss sleep and skip meals until you reach the end. Scottoline manages to place you in the city of Rome during the seven years of war it endures during World War II, Mussolini greatest control and hi MASTERPIECE! PREDICT IT ACHIEVES BEST BOOK FOR 2021: COMING OF AGE, HISTORICAL FICTION TALE MS. SCOTTOLINE'S OPUS! This is an amazing tale of three young people as they face life altering impacts of war, deprivation, political upheaval, racism, betrayals and the ultimate sacrifices for love. Be ready to miss sleep and skip meals until you reach the end. Scottoline manages to place you in the city of Rome during the seven years of war it endures during World War II, Mussolini greatest control and his later fall from power. Hitler besieges Rome, while the Vatican mostly ignores his betrayal to Italy and Romans. Young and old are challenged in every belief and allegiance as changes make them reevaluate all they once held dear. Love is tested in incredible ways as are friendships. This is a book that will haunt you. It is a study of people and how they behave when life truly hangs in the balance. The tests they face no one would want even their worst enemy to experience! You owe it to yourself to experience the history and the love of three friends. You will not be disappointed. Thank you Ms. Scottoline for soaking us in a truly well researched historical experience. I have only had a fleeting understanding of the experience of Italy as an Axis power and Mussolini's power during that period of history. 20/5 STARS

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Marco and Elizabetta and Sandro have grown up in Rome and, day by day, they see their world changing. The boys both love Betta, first as friends, then close friends, then looking to the future. "Italy is a country of passion and emotion, as gloriously turbulent as the human heart. Italian hearts fight and love with equal intensity." Marco 's family owns and operates the Bar GiroSport, a popular watering hole. Elizabetta works in her family's Italian restaurant, waitresing and learning about food Marco and Elizabetta and Sandro have grown up in Rome and, day by day, they see their world changing. The boys both love Betta, first as friends, then close friends, then looking to the future. "Italy is a country of passion and emotion, as gloriously turbulent as the human heart. Italian hearts fight and love with equal intensity." Marco 's family owns and operates the Bar GiroSport, a popular watering hole. Elizabetta works in her family's Italian restaurant, waitresing and learning about food from her Nonna. Sandro and his family are observant Jews. They live in an area called *the geto* [I did not realize that the word geto, meaning a part of the city in which members of a minority population gather and live, has been used in Italy since the early 1500's] This is Rome under Mussolini during WWII, and then under the Nazis when Mussolini is deposed. Fascists and Nazis bring hate and fear and laws that injustice. Race Laws are implemented. Race Laws similar to those in Germany gradually affect Sandro's family, but also influence friends, customers, neighbors, families. This account of Italy, up and down the peninsula, showed me another heartbreaking side of war. Houses destroyed, windows broken, lives lost, books burned, priceless rare books and synagogue records gone forever. "War is eternal, but so is peace. Death is eternal, but so is life. Darkness is eternal, but so is light. Hate is eternal but, thankfully, so is love." -Lisa Scottoline I read this EARC courtesy of NetGalley and Penguin Books. pub date 03/22/21

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leslie M.

    I've read many of Scottoline's other books, and I've enjoyed them. I like historical fiction, particularly WWII-era books. So, I was excited to read this one. However, it was a bit of a struggle for me. I haven't read many in this genre that focus on life in Italy during Mussolini's time, so I appreciated that aspect of the story. The Italian verbiage and detailed descriptions added to the realism of the storyline. I generally enjoy multiple-POV stories, as I feel it gives me a greater glimpse i I've read many of Scottoline's other books, and I've enjoyed them. I like historical fiction, particularly WWII-era books. So, I was excited to read this one. However, it was a bit of a struggle for me. I haven't read many in this genre that focus on life in Italy during Mussolini's time, so I appreciated that aspect of the story. The Italian verbiage and detailed descriptions added to the realism of the storyline. I generally enjoy multiple-POV stories, as I feel it gives me a greater glimpse into things. In this book, though, it made the story (and the immense number of short chapters) a bit more challenging to follow. The book was quite "heavy," and with all that's going on in the world at this time, that, perhaps, added to the difficulty I had getting into and staying engaged with this book. I applaud the author for stepping into a new genre, but I do hope she doesn't jump ships entirely. I would be willing to give future historical reads a try even though this one didn't quite hit the mark for me. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gerry

    Lisa Scottoline has successfully crossed over from mysteries to historical fiction, creating the story she says she was "meant to write". Eternal takes place in Rome during the rise of Mussolini and the early years of World War II. It focuses primarily on three young people in their late teens: Marco, the youngest son of a staunch Catholic and Fascist; Sandro, a Jewish boy whose father supports the Fascists but is being pressured by his daughter to recognize their anti-Semitic bent; and Elisabet Lisa Scottoline has successfully crossed over from mysteries to historical fiction, creating the story she says she was "meant to write". Eternal takes place in Rome during the rise of Mussolini and the early years of World War II. It focuses primarily on three young people in their late teens: Marco, the youngest son of a staunch Catholic and Fascist; Sandro, a Jewish boy whose father supports the Fascists but is being pressured by his daughter to recognize their anti-Semitic bent; and Elisabetta, who has been friends with both boys since their childhood, and whose family is largely apolitical and not especially religious. The story is narrated by several different characters in their own short chapters, and starts off as a gentle story of family and young love, easy to read, and quite enjoyable. But gradually, the tension builds as the political situation in Rome changes and the Fascists join with the German Nazis in war across Europe and North Africa. By the last third of the book, I didn't want to put it down, riveted by the story, and anxious to reach its conclusion, which though not what I expected, was quite satisfying.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    The dialogue and some of the big turnings points were often trite and unbelievable, but I was still planning on giving it 2-1/2 or 3 stars. Until the (view spoiler)[absolute ridiculous contortion of the plot that Scottoline had to do to make the prologue work -- ok, yes, I knew it was coming, but I honestly hoped she'd surprise me instead -- (hide spoiler)] bumped it down to 2-1/3 (can't do 2-1/2 bc it's not strong enough to round up to 3 stars). Ok, let's dig into the contrived, ludicrous nonse The dialogue and some of the big turnings points were often trite and unbelievable, but I was still planning on giving it 2-1/2 or 3 stars. Until the (view spoiler)[absolute ridiculous contortion of the plot that Scottoline had to do to make the prologue work -- ok, yes, I knew it was coming, but I honestly hoped she'd surprise me instead -- (hide spoiler)] bumped it down to 2-1/3 (can't do 2-1/2 bc it's not strong enough to round up to 3 stars). Ok, let's dig into the contrived, ludicrous nonsense (view spoiler)[action sequence that led to Sandro's death. A minor point is that we're never told that Marco changed out of the German uniform; I can assume he did because otherwise the Nazi soldiers would have engaged with him, but it's never mentioned while Sandro's changing is. But honestly that's just a minor point that I'd normally just shrug off. So the nonsense really begins with what happens at the train station -- and read till the end of this spoiler bc the final 2 points are what make it a complete unredeemable mess. First, I honestly didn't believe that Sandro was suddenly so completely unable to hide his fear of Nazis. So what that he's stiff -- up until that point, he'd pretty coolly lied to Nazis when needed so why is he now so different that Elisabetta and Marco would actually think anyone would notice.Second, how did the soldiers see the mark on Sandro's face -- remember, they "were standing behind Sandro and Elisabetta" (the passage also says, "Sandro turned around, stiffly" to talk to them)?Third, why was it so shocking that Sandro actually flinched when the Nazi pretended to punch him? Often, flinching is a spontaneous response. Plus, wouldn't it be normal for an Italian to assume that he was actually getting struck by a Nazi? Fourth, why were the Nazis so surprised that Sandro's hands were trembling -- so what?! Would it be crazy that his hands were trembling if he's being interrogated by the soldiers? Wouldn't an Italian be actually extra nervous given the brutality the Nazis had unleashed during their occupation? Isn't it possible that a Nazi would expect (and even take pleasure in) the fear? (Also, again, does it make sense that Sandro is suddenly so freaked out?)Fifth, the passage says, "Marco withdrew his gun. The Nazi whipped around, aimed at Marco, and fired." Now, how the heck did the Nazi soldier know that Marco was pointing the gun at him if he had to whip around to shoot Marco?! At this point, my credulity is stretched to the limit. Sixth -- and this is a two-part cherry on top of this whole ridiculous plot mess -- how was Sandro able to throw himself in front of the bullet in time to save Marco when Sandro didn't move until the bullet went off?! That is some Superman-level speed! Plus, how did he get around the soldier to get in front of the bullet? Remember, the soldier had to turn around (which means turn AWAY from Sandro) to shoot Marco. (Draw the scene out on a piece of paper -- it just doesn't work.) (hide spoiler)] Yeah, so that whole thing was just an unbelievable mess (have I mentioned that just a few times?). Why did I give this mess even 2-1/3 stars? Well, like I wrote in my review for Our Darkest Night, I knew very little about Mussolini's rule in Italy. This book provided more understanding of the build up towards the Italian anti-Semitic policies. It compelled me to dive into reading supplementary material trying to better understand the relationship between the Catholic church and first Fascism and later Nazism. I've never been a fan of Pope Pius XII (or "Hitler's Pope" as he's been called) -- I've felt he's been rightly demonized for what he and the Church didn't do to protect the Jews. And I've always been horrified by what I saw to be formal efforts to purposefully assist Nazi war criminals to flee from post-war justice, as well as to help them establish new lives in foreign countries. This book alone did nothing to improve my impressions. So what got me rethinking my perspective of Pius? The book's discussion of Israel Zolli (the chief rabbi of Rome) perked my interest and I wanted to read more (see the end of my review for more info on him -- his prescient warnings strike me as inspired). Anyway, I learned that after the war he converted to Catholicism and -- this is the key, not the conversion -- he took the name Eugenio to honor Pope Pius XII as a friend and a hero. He wrote in his memoirs: "What the Vatican did will be indelibly and eternally engraved in our hearts . . . . Priests and even high prelates did things that will forever be an honor to Catholicism." Then I read that, in spite of the anti-Semitism of Italy under the control of pre-war Mussolini and later the invading Nazis, about 85% of Italian Jews survived the Holocaust -- only Denmark saved more. This high percentage in Italy had to be in great part due to the heroism of ordinary Italian Catholics and Italian clergy. In Rome specifically, approximately 1800 Jews were deported to Auschwitz (with only 16 who survived). But 10,000 Jews in Rome escaped, hid and survived -- many of whom were hidden in the Vatican. Over 500 Italians have been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations. One of my favorite people I've read about is Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty. He was an Irish priest who came to Italy who ended up rescuing approximately 6,500 Jews and allied soldiers. He was known and wanted by the Nazis in Italy, but he was nicknamed the Vatican Pimpernel because of the clever disguises he used to evade capture over and over. Sadly and incomprehensibly, he has not been recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations (although there has apparently been a recent effort to again name him as such). Then I found this passage that Ernst von Weizsacker, the German ambassador to the Vatican during World War II (and who is in the book), wrote in his memoirs: Not even institutions of worldwide importance, such as the International Red Cross or the Roman Catholic Church saw fit to appeal to Hitler in a general way on behalf of the Jews or to call openly on the sympathies of the world. It was precisely because they wanted to help the Jews that these organizations refrained from making any general and public appeals; for they were afraid that they would injure rather than help the Jews thereby. I read many cases of the devastating and brutal revenge that were taken on communities in which Catholic clergy spoke out. Would that have happened anyway whether the Catholic clergy spoke out or not? I don't know. But many contemporaries argue that they were protected to some degree when Catholic clergy acted covertly. (Joseph L. Lichten, a Polish lawyer who immigrated to the US after Communists took control of Poland, wrote this piece when he served as the director of the International Affairs Department for the Anti-Defamation League (there is now a prize named after him. This has turned into a long review that's packed with the extra stuff I've learned (I figure if she can include her historical notes that she collected while writing the book, I guess it's not too terrible if I include mine). But after lots of preliminary research, I'm honestly not sure what I think yet, which means I need to do some more studying. I can't excuse the obvious anti-Semitism that was embraced by some European Catholics, and I can't excuse the inexcusable organized aid given to Nazi war criminals by Catholic networks. But I still don't know how much was institutionalized. The Jewish Virtual Library has a HUGE section on Pope Pius XII, including a discussion of the opening of the Vatican archives in 2020 and the resulting reports. Of course, I need to study the 2020 Atlantic piece by Fr. Hubert Wolf about the unsealed Vatican documents allegedly showing the pope's complacency (with the understanding that Wolf is apparently not unbiased in his perspective, which does not necessarily mean that his arguments are wrong). I also want to really examine some of the arguments made in defense of Pius. Ronald Rychlak, a professor at the University of Mississippi’s law school who wrote Hitler, the War, and the Pope, makes some strong contentions against Wolf's piece, as does German journalist Michael Hesemann who also accessed the Vatican documents. Finally, here's more information about Zolli (born Israel Zoller). Apparently, as the chief rabbi of Rome, he tried to warn the Jewish community leaders in Italy of the dangers of German Nazis as early as 1940. He tried to convince them to basically scatter the Jewish community in Rome (many of the Jews proudly and freely lived in the "ghetto" that they had once been confined to in the 1500's) -- initially by selling the community assets to fund the escape of as many Jewish families as possible and finally at least by destroying all records that could be used to track Jewish families. Sadly, the leaders didn't heed his advance; they apparently insisted that he didn't understand the Jewish community in Italy because he was from Eastern Europe (he grew up in what is now the Ukraine, then Poland, then briefly Austria before arriving in Italy as an adult). In response, Zolli and his family went into hiding. (The Encyclopedia Judaica frames this action pretty harshly in this way: "At the beginning of September 1943, when the Germans entered Rome, he abandoned the community and took refuge in the Vatican. At the end of the hostilities he reappeared to assume his position as rabbi, but was rejected by the community because of his unworthy behavior at the time of the greatest danger." Honestly, statements like this break my heart because from my reading so far, I really think he did all he could to help the Jewish community but his counsel was rejected because he was thought to be an outsider.) Apparently about a year after Zolli returned, he and his family converted to Catholicism. (And, yes, I know that one side argues that he converted to escape the castigation he faced from the Jewish community, rather than an actual change of faith.)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura Mcewen-miller

    so grateful to have received an arc of the newest book by one of my favorite authors .I used to read mostly historical fiction but had gotten away from the genre ,this book has renewed my interest. The story had many things about WWII in Italy that I never knew presented in a story of love and friendship that never ends between three friends ..

  24. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Quinn

    I was thrilled to receive this advanced reader's copy of Eternal. While far from Lisa's usual legal thrillers, it has all of the elements that made her one of my favorite authors and I learned a bit more about the Italian history in an entertaining manor. As always, Scottoline has believable characters I could relate to and a moving storyline that kept me turning pages. Although the political agenda was a bit strong, I loved looking into history in Scottoline's usual style, with short chapters a I was thrilled to receive this advanced reader's copy of Eternal. While far from Lisa's usual legal thrillers, it has all of the elements that made her one of my favorite authors and I learned a bit more about the Italian history in an entertaining manor. As always, Scottoline has believable characters I could relate to and a moving storyline that kept me turning pages. Although the political agenda was a bit strong, I loved looking into history in Scottoline's usual style, with short chapters and strong relationships.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Layburn

    4.5 stars! Best known for her legal thrillers, Lisa Scottoline's first foray into historical fiction is unmissable! Set in Italy in the 1930s, three best friends come of age during Mussolini's reign, the rise of anti-Semitism, facism, and the invasion of the Nazis. Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro enjoyed an idyllic childhood, and as they got older, the worst they had to deal with was a love triangle- until their beloved Italy begins to alter in disturbing ways. As their community devolves, the three 4.5 stars! Best known for her legal thrillers, Lisa Scottoline's first foray into historical fiction is unmissable! Set in Italy in the 1930s, three best friends come of age during Mussolini's reign, the rise of anti-Semitism, facism, and the invasion of the Nazis. Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro enjoyed an idyllic childhood, and as they got older, the worst they had to deal with was a love triangle- until their beloved Italy begins to alter in disturbing ways. As their community devolves, the three friends will deal with many elements beyond their control that will attempt to tear them apart, but if they are lucky, strong, and true, their bond will hold when it is most needed. Blending coming of age, romantic tension, historical atrocities, and love in its many forms, Scottoline has crafted a wonderfully written, absorbing, and emotional tale that proves she is a powerhouse in any genre. This ARC was provided by G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin, in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    I enjoyed this book. I learned about Italy before and during World War II. It is different from Lisa Scottoline's books but an interesting story. Three friend who attend school together, Sondro, Marco and Elisabetta. The guys are both in love with Elisabetta, Sondro's parents forbid the relationship because she is not Jewish, Marco is involved with the the politics of Italy. Elisabetta has a decision to make. Which man is for her, and how to help Sondro and his family I enjoyed this book. I learned about Italy before and during World War II. It is different from Lisa Scottoline's books but an interesting story. Three friend who attend school together, Sondro, Marco and Elisabetta. The guys are both in love with Elisabetta, Sondro's parents forbid the relationship because she is not Jewish, Marco is involved with the the politics of Italy. Elisabetta has a decision to make. Which man is for her, and how to help Sondro and his family

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jo Dervan

    Eternal review This historical fiction begins in 1937 with 3 young teens in Rome. Marco was best friends with Elisabetta, and Sandro. They lived in Rome at a time when Mussolini and his Fascist party had come to power. Marco left high school to work for the Fascist party while Sandro, a math genius, left high school to take courses at La Sapienza university. Elisabetta also left school to support her family after her mother left her and her alcoholic dad. Both boys were in love with Elisabetta an Eternal review This historical fiction begins in 1937 with 3 young teens in Rome. Marco was best friends with Elisabetta, and Sandro. They lived in Rome at a time when Mussolini and his Fascist party had come to power. Marco left high school to work for the Fascist party while Sandro, a math genius, left high school to take courses at La Sapienza university. Elisabetta also left school to support her family after her mother left her and her alcoholic dad. Both boys were in love with Elisabetta and she could not decide between the two. Then in 1938 Mussolini enacted a series of laws against the Jews in Italy. The Jews had lived in Italy for over 2000 years and considered themselves true Italians. Sandro, the son of a lawyer and a doctor, was Jewish. Overnight his family was impoverished as both his parents were forced out of their jobs. Jewish students could forbidden to attend public schools and Jewish teachers in all public schools and universities were fired. This story illuminates a part of history that few people know about . Many of us have heard of the extermination of Jews in most of Europe but this is the first I have read about the plight of Italian Jews during WWII. This is a long book and the author did considerable research into Fascism and the racial laws against Italian Jews. The last quarter of the books moves quickly and the reader will be anxious to find out what happens to the main characters and their families. A great job by an author known primarily for her legal thrillers. This ARC was provided by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for n honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shari

    A story of three friends who grew up with each other from the time they were babies. Elisabetta, Sandro and Marco. They are now in their last years of school. Both the boys have come to find that their friendship with Elisabetta has turned to actual romantic love. Just when they are getting ready to start their last year of school new laws are put out the block Sandro from attending school because he is a Jew. Marco and his family are fascists and Marco is working at the main office and decides A story of three friends who grew up with each other from the time they were babies. Elisabetta, Sandro and Marco. They are now in their last years of school. Both the boys have come to find that their friendship with Elisabetta has turned to actual romantic love. Just when they are getting ready to start their last year of school new laws are put out the block Sandro from attending school because he is a Jew. Marco and his family are fascists and Marco is working at the main office and decides to drop out of school. Eventually all Jews are removed from schools and their jobs. And once Italy has been invaded, they are rounded up and shipped to one of the camps. Elisabetta must deal with her mother walking out and leaving her with her artist father. Her father had his hands and fingers injured and could no long paint, so he turned to drinking. Also, she works as a waitress after school which pays the rent for the family apartment. She makes good friends here and they help her out later in the book. This is a good read. Just a touch slow for me, but some parts were better. I would recommend reading this book. It is a love story of friends, family, country and religion. I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher/author for the chance to win this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dianna

    This was a very different sort of Lisa Scottoline work. I've read many of her thrillers and was thrilled to have this opportunity to read and offer my review. Thank you NetGalley! In a WWII Italian locale, spanning several years and featuring two families, Eternal was a sound piece of historical work from LS, easily accessible to the average reader. You don't have to be an expert on the time, setting or locale to get a good feel for what the Italian Jews and partisans suffered prior to and during This was a very different sort of Lisa Scottoline work. I've read many of her thrillers and was thrilled to have this opportunity to read and offer my review. Thank you NetGalley! In a WWII Italian locale, spanning several years and featuring two families, Eternal was a sound piece of historical work from LS, easily accessible to the average reader. You don't have to be an expert on the time, setting or locale to get a good feel for what the Italian Jews and partisans suffered prior to and during the invasion of Rome by the Nazis. It was eminently visible through the eyes of Marco, Sandro, Elisabetta and their families. Each lost materially, but worst of all emotionally! It can be no wonder that this time period permanently marked those who lived through it. Not to be nit-picky, but I did find one thing a bit difficult to follow and that was the mention of the streets, bridges, buildings etc. All were identified using the Italian language. I'm sure the intention was to add to the realism, but it did make it a little harder to follow. I found it necessary to look up many of the names, which took my concentration away from the story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from PENGUIN GROUP Putnam - G.P. Putnam's Sons in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I cried the whole time I read this book. How it began with three friends fighting over the love of the same girl and their whole different lifestyles of an athlete, math whiz and the beauty of the neighborhood all coming together until their lives have crumbled. The loved ones captured by Mussolini captures families This book was received as an ARC from PENGUIN GROUP Putnam - G.P. Putnam's Sons in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I cried the whole time I read this book. How it began with three friends fighting over the love of the same girl and their whole different lifestyles of an athlete, math whiz and the beauty of the neighborhood all coming together until their lives have crumbled. The loved ones captured by Mussolini captures families and kills them off with his reign of power and now they have no choice to ban together to survive while they await their fates and of their friends and families. The heartbreak, loss and struggle for everyone was so degrading that I could not help but feel the loss for all of them. We will consider adding this title to our Historical Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

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