THE CIELO: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany by Paul Salsini
"Salsini spins a tale of both cruelty and courage and affirms, yet again, the ability of humans to endure."-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"Salsini's beautiful novel of Italy during World War II, peopled with a wide range of characters, deepens our knowledge of both Tuscan hill towns and the terrible effects of war on civilians."-Martha Bergland, author of A Farm Under a Lake "The Cielo is an unforgettable read. You won't be able to put it down, through tears and smiles, until you reach the very end."-Bookreview.com Ordered by the Germans to evacuate, a group of Italian villagers flees to a farmhouse in the beautiful hills of Tuscany. As the war rages around them, the refugees confront betrayal by one villager, fearlessly house an escaped prisoner, and survive a raid by the Nazis. A young girl finds love, two boys become heroes, and secrets are revealed before an unthinkable event changes their lives forever. Inspired by experiences of Salsini's relatives, The Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany is a gripping story of courage, endurance, and the power of the human spirit.
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I have had this book for a few years and i never tire of it. I read it every so often. The characters and story are wonderful and very relatable!
A Highly Recommended Book! A compelling World War-II drama by Paul Salsini about the inhabitants of an Italian village that are forced to flee from their homes to abandoned farm houses in the steep hills when the Germans occupy the area. Between activities of the Nazis, the underground, and Allied forces, they endure many trials while hoping for an eventual Allied victory against the armies of Benito Mussolini and Adolph Hitler. Populated with a lively, vivid, memorable group of characters, this is a story of survival by the refugees and their neighbors living by their wits, friendships, and hopes, amid the difficulties of war around them. I own it and love it.