Blog tour: Eternal

Welcome to the blog tour for Eternal by Lisa Scottoline!

More about the book…

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. 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.

More about the author…

Lisa Scottoline is a #1 bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author of 33 novels.

Lisa's books are book-club favorites, and she and her daughter Francesca Serritella have hosted an annual Big Book Club Party for over a thousand readers at her Pennsylvania farm, for the past twelve years.

Lisa has been President of Mystery Writers of America and she reviews fiction and non-fiction for the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter for The Philadelphia Inquirer entitled Chick Wit, a witty take on life from a woman's perspective, which have been collected in a bestselling series of humorous memoirs.

Lisa graduated magna cum laude in three years from the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.A. degree in English, and cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she taught Justice & Fiction.

She has over 30 million copies of her books in print and is published in over 35 countries. She lives with an array of disobedient pets, and wouldn't have it any other way.

My impressions…

I was drawn to this book like a moth to a flame! The cover is gorgeous but, above all, my attention was immediately caught by one of my favourite time periods to read about – World War II – and the Italian setting. I wasn’t born in Rome, but it is a city that endlessly fascinates me. Having studied the rise of Fascism and the Nazi occupation of Italy at school, I was familiar with the context the story takes place in, and I found the book very well researched. But most of all, the three main characters are so vividly described that they come alive. I was thoroughly invested in their destinies, and I have a feeling I will be thinking about them for some time to come.

Three words to describe it. Epic. Evocative. Emotional.

Do I like the cover? It couldn’t be any more gorgeous if it tried!

Have I read any other books by the same author? No, and I can’t believe it!

 

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