Saturday, 11 November 2017

A Letter From Italy Book Review

Blooming Fiction, lifestyle blog, A Letter From Italy Book Review

Inspired by the life of the world's first woman war correspondent, Australia's Louise Mack, the most gorgeous love story yet by Pamela Hart. 1917, Italy. Australian journalist Rebecca Quinn is an unconventional woman. At the height of World War I, she has given up the safety of her Sydney home for the bloody battlefields of Europe, following her journalist husband to the frontline as a war correspondent in Italy. Reporting the horrors of the Italian campaign, Rebecca finds herself thrown together with American-born Italian photographer Alessandro Panucci, and soon discovers another battleground every bit as dangerous and unpredictable: the human heart.

A Letter From Italy
by Pamela Hart

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group 

ISBN: 9780349417127 
Number of pages: 368 
Rating: 4/5


Set during the first world war, A Letter From Italy is an enchanting but truthful story of the way women were depicted in this era. Being married to a journalist, it was assumed by everyone she met that Rebecca herself was just the wife and nothing else. How wrong they were. Also being a journalist, which wasn't acceptable in some countries, Rebecca knows how to get answers and how to get reactions out of those she interviews. 

Being told that the war did not involve women only spurs Rebecca on to get to the truth about what was happening and get to those widows and families who were being left behind. It's this powerful mindset and determination to join her husband that creates such an empowering story line.

A Letter From Italy is captivating from the start and it's already plain to see within the first chapter just how women were seen during the 1910s. Seen but not heard and nothing to do with the fight in Europe, women were very much left in the dark and belittled because of their sex. This is where our heroine Rebecca stands her ground.

The only problem is that during her conquests to show that women do matter and trying to find her husband, she meets Alessandro. As an American born Italian photographer he throws Rebecca completely off course and she finds herself becoming entranced by him. Not knowing where her husband is or the war could explain her feelings but that would be telling. 

In an age where feminism is growing in strength it is refreshing to read about women during the wars. It's important to believe in yourself and fight for what, and who, you love. This is the message that A Letter From Italy puts forward and I think it's a book that I would read again if my self esteem was waivering.

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