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I loved this book and found it so fascinating! The style and story are nothing like Webster's other books (Patty series and spin-offs or Daddy Long Legs and sequel). Instead this is a serious piece of fiction, geared towards adults. My main fascination was the setting of recently united Italy in the 1890s with its tempestuous political climate and the rising (and warranted) discontent of the peasant class. I have never seen this part of Italy's history discussed in prose or film, and I found it hugely compelling. Plus, the fact that this is not a historical novel written a century or more later but rather a contemporary novel written in the early 1900s in Italy - that makes this a special work. Particularly as the author has a similar background and similar life experiences as her characters, giving a rare reality and truth to their perspectives and actions. One isn't taken out of the story by wondering at its verisimilitude to the values, morals and thinking of the time. This book is such a gem, and I'm so glad I found it! Additionally, I'm fascinated by how different this book is in tone and writing style from Webster's other books. I've loved her for years and voraciously read all that I could find of her work, so I was incredibly surprised by this offering - decidedly different from the rest. Webster's selection of so sober a topic and her evident compassion for the Italian people provide a real insight into her character, showing her as a whole person and not just a clever wit. I'm also impressed at her ability to switch to a writing style more akin to a humanitarian Henry James or to an Elizabeth Gaskell than to Webster's usual lighthearted style. The story and characters themselves could use some polishing, but they're very compelling. Once I got past the first chapter, which did stall me for a time, I found the story to be a real page turner, finishing it eagerly over two evenings. Plus, I came to really love the heroine and her romance, something I doubted I would at first. I rarely write a review, but I felt the need to wax poetic over this undervalued and read book. Do give it a try!
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