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Linda Cardillo makes a fine debut with this unexpectedly tender and engaging love story, told by 35-year-old Cara Serafini. This is one of the first in the Harlequin Everlasting Love Series, which follows the course of a romantic relationship over a long period of time, not just the initial combustion. In this case, Cara's discovery of old love letters reveals the different stages of romance between her grandmother Giulia D'Orazio and her first husband, Paolo; even though the widowed Giulia eventually marries, her love for Paolo lasts a lifetime.
Raised in a village in the mountains of Italy, Giulia is dispatched to America at 16 to separate her from an unworthy boyfriend. She arrives to stay with her brother, Claudio, but New York in the early 20th century is a far cry from her village. The work is hard, her brother impulsively harsh, and there is violence in the streets. Her savior is Paolo Serafini, who writes her poems, takes her dancing on Sunday afternoons, and becomes her first husband. Paolo's work in the unions reveals more about the injustices and hardships of immigrant life, but the center of the novel is Giulia, her miscarriages, her children, and the aftermath of her beloved Paolo's early death. Ginger Curwen