Whisper in the Blood

Whisper in the Blood

by s. h. montgomery
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Whisper in the Blood by s. h. montgomery

Set in Chicago, between early 1900 and the 1940's, Whisper in the Blood is a novel during that period when Irish and Italians were especially biased toward each other. Vito Savio, a poor Sicilian immigrant, is struggling to provide for his family when one of his sons gets entangled with the "Outfit," and Vito is thrown back into a life left in the old country.

In Irish Bridgeview, Meghan Callahan, Lace-Curtain Irish and an imperious Druid, marries a successful lawyer. She loses herself in an unhappy marriage by foretelling the future, practicing mind control, and performing mystical rites of the ancient Celtic world.

Like clashing cymbals, the two families, with their conflicting cultures and prejudices, are thrown together when their children fall in love and declare their desire to marry.

Whisper in the Blood intertwines a compelling tale of suspicion, greed, passion, lust, and betrayal, and explores whether destiny can be altered or if the whisper in the blood conquers all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781886726253
Publisher: Mammoth Star Publishing / Aspects of Writing
Publication date: 02/11/2015
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,326,319
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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Whisper in the Blood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
AuthorsWebTVHost More than 1 year ago
When I interviewed Montgomery for TheAuthorsShow.com, I was surprised to learn that she is neither Italian nor Irish; and that while she lived in Chicago for a while, she is not a native. So how did she get it so right? All I know is that this is a wonderful read; not a chic lit romance, and not heavy literature – it’s just the right mix of fact and fiction. Montgomery is a master at research and the historical aspect of the times is spot on. Her characters are believable, they are real in every way and you come to care about them. The way the story weaves between the two families, eventually bringing them together, is fascinating. While the story is set in a turbulent time in US history (the age of Prohibition and gangsters), the warmth of the Italian family and the almost frigid feel of the Irish family, are stories about people. I am recommending this book to all my friends who are looking for something just a bit beyond a light read. This is a wonderful book and I eagerly await the next chapter in these character’s lives.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Whisper in the Blood by S.H. Montgomery is set between the 1900s and the 1940s in the Chicago area and revolves around two families, Italian and Irish immigrants, the Savios and the Callahans, and their lives. Both these families came to Chicago searching for a better life. The Italians, Vito and Maria, have seven children and readers get to learn more about their youngest daughter Francesca as the story progresses. The twist in the plot, the tension between the Italian and Irish immigrants, and how the choices in our lives can make differences form the highlight of the story as a Savio daughter and a Callahan son decide to get married. It's a story of love, it's a story of struggles, and it's also a story of changes. The book is a compelling read and, apart from exposing the immigrant life in Chicago, the plot also showcases the clash of cultures and also throws light on ethnic struggles and their evolution. The characters have been developed well and they are memorable. It's evident that the author has done good research into ethnicity during that time and incorporated it into the story very well. The romantic angle in the story tones down the seriousness of the plot created by the immigrant struggles and their difficulties. The story is fast paced and the author masterfully blends romance into the ethnic struggles in the Chicago area. Readers experience myriad emotions as they follow the lives, joys and sorrows of the two families.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Whisper in the Blood" is a very engrossing and entertaining read. The author has heavily researched the period and settings and shows great flair for descriptive phrases that capture the reader's interest. The fine character development makes the reader want to know about the family members in the novel. I thoroughtly enjoyed "Whisper in the Blood" and highlyt recommend it to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How clearly this novel confirms that the choices we make influence the rest of our lives. A young couple, following their emotions, flee Sicily and family to start a new life in Chicago. The years are 1909-1940s and the struggles of the Savio family had this reader holding her breath as poverty, illness, a clash of cultures, and prejudice confront Vito, Maria, and their children. When a Savio daughter and a Callahan son meet and plan to marry, the suspicions and distrust of the Irish and Italians are skillfully described. I did not want the book to end and look forward to the sequel. However, I would like Sue Montgomery to return to the earlier stories of raising children as a poor immigrant family, contrasted with raising a single son in an advantaged Irish family. In her words, that story would be most moving. She makes history come alive.  Read an online interview, Q and A with Sue Montgomery, author of Whisper in the Blood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whisper in the Blood is a well researched, well written, and entertaining novel.  It gives a vivid history of the emigrants who moved into the south side of Chicago in the early 20th century. A is a very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
s.h. Montgomery has successfully portrayed the ethnic strife which occurred in turn of the century Chicago in a way that most if not all major cities housing large diverse first generation populations can identify. Her story tells an enthralling love story which develops and explains the evolution of social growth as it occurred in Chicago. s.h. montgomer is a master at marring character and plot driven stories. This novel will be enjoyed by readers of history, romance an many other, if not al, genres .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An exciting mix of characters that form an outstanding story of love, sex and many surprising changes. You will pick a character, or two  and follow them in your dreams long after reading this great novel