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Once Night Falls Falls short at the endI was enjoying the book and it s direction, then in a single chapter it abruptly ended and tacked on an epilogue The characters do not get a fair ending. I got my copy of this book through NetGalley but then discovered it had already been released and is available through Kindle Unlimited.This is not my first book describing what the citizens of Italy experienced during World War II, but it did spend a healthy amount of time studying Mussolini, his treatment by the King and Nazis, along with the populace wondering where he was and what would happen next There was a core group of characters to follow through the many pages, thank goodness, but th I got my copy of this book through NetGalley but then discovered it had already been released and is available through Kindle Unlimited.This is not my first book describing what the citizens of Italy experienced during World War II, but it did spend a healthy amount of time studying Mussolini, his treatment by the King and Nazis, along with the populace wondering where he was and what would happen next There was a core group of characters to follow through the many pages, thank goodness, but there were far too many characters for a cohesive narrative.It s a good read, but the ending was abrupt and not well done.ARC through NetGalley A Harrowing Historical Novel Of The Extraordinary Acts Of Ordinary People In Nazi Occupied Italy Italy, Luca Benedetto Has Joined The Partisans In Their Fight Against The German Troops Ravaging The Shores Of His Town On Lake Como While Risking His Life To Free His Country, Luca Is Also Struggling To Protect Sarah, His Jewish Lover Who S Hiding In A Mountain Cabin As The Violent Nazi Occupation Intensifies, Luca And Sarah Fear For Than Their Own LivesIn The Heart Of Their Village, Their Mothers Have Also Found Themselves Vulnerable To The Encroaching Nazis But Luca S Mother, Undeterred, Is Devising Her Own Revenge On The Occupiers With Mussolini Deposed And Allied Armies Fighting Their Way Up The Peninsula, The Fate Of Italy Hangs In The Balance, And The People Of Lake Como Must Decide How Much They Re Prepared To Sacrifice For Family, Friends, And The Country They LoveThe Most Trying Of Times Will Create The Most Unexpected Heroes And Incredible Acts Of Courage In This Stirring Narrative As Seen Through The Eyes Of Those Devastated By War Torn Italy As a historical fiction novel of WW II in Italy, there is good material to peruse To say that it is a typical novel with highly developed plot, characters, interwoven into a mosaic of scenery, it is not I found this book to be enlightening but did not meet my expectations The period in history covered is Mussolini s topple from power, Nazi infiltration in Northern Italy and the American invasion of Sicily and Salerno. It was interesting to read about Mussolini s decline and last days I didn t like the ending. I am a huge fan of Roland Merullo, whether it is a novel, travel story whatever So I was very excited to see that he had written this book, and evenexcited to receive it fromFirst Reads This is a truly amazing book that tells such a compelling story even those parts that are really hard to read and harder to accept that they actually happened This is so clearly good versus evil and you want those people that are good to overcome what has been thrust on them, knowing that it I am a huge fan of Roland Merullo, whether it is a novel, travel story whatever So I was very excited to see that he had written this book, and evenexcited to receive it fromFirst Reads This is a truly amazing book that tells such a compelling story even those parts that are really hard to read and harder to accept that they actually happened This is so clearly good versus evil and you want those people that are good to overcome what has been thrust on them, knowing that it cannot always be that way I loved the historical aspects and the imagery he was able to create of Lake Como and the way the people lived before the war took over their lives.I am so hoping that he is planning to write another book that finishes this story Good read but definitely three starsI ve read few novels which are so very definitely three stars It s a good read, but it s not outstanding and nor, on the other hand, is it terrible The cast of characters is a little too large The chapters are rather too short Thus while one has the sense of a reasonably good story it is hard to engage with the characters and they remain oddly elusive Nonetheless, an enjoyable book. Once Night Falls turned out to be an outstandingFirst Reads choice for November The plot and character development kept me riveted and the historical details filled in major gaps in my knowledge of the Italian resistance movement, Mussolini and WWII as it played out in Italy This was the first book by Roland Merullo that I ve read I look forward to reading. Once Night Falls by award winning author, Roland Merullo is a World War II drama set in Italy in 1943 Luca Benedetto, who has a Jewish lover, Sarah, has joined the partisans in their fight against German troops in the region around Lake Como, close to the Swiss border He is not alone in his struggle against the occupying forces Luca s mother is called upon by a group of German soldiers to cook for them and she forms a daring plot which, if it fails, will have devastating consequences The l Once Night Falls by award winning author, Roland Merullo is a World War II drama set in Italy in 1943 Luca Benedetto, who has a Jewish lover, Sarah, has joined the partisans in their fight against German troops in the region around Lake Como, close to the Swiss border He is not alone in his struggle against the occupying forces Luca s mother is called upon by a group of German soldiers to cook for them and she forms a daring plot which, if it fails, will have devastating consequences The local priest, who is battling his own demons, finds a way to help the partisans, fully aware of the serious risk he is undertaking Meanwhile, Mussolini has been deposed and Allied armies are fighting their way up from Sicily The country is at a crossroads and the locals of Luca s village must decide how much they are prepared to sacrifice for the sake of their future.Despite its setting, Once Night Falls ishistorical fiction than it is thriller The first half of the story is a little confusing as the author weaves, quite quickly, between characters and scenes so that it takes a long time to get to know each character properly and where the story is heading Accordingly, I found the novel a little slow paced, at least in its earlier stages That said, Merullo s award winning ability as a writer shines through and once you do get to know the characters and what exactly is going on, it is a fascinating and interesting story Not too many war novels deal with ordinary people in an ordinary village in war torn Italy and the colourful characters are deftly, creatively and seamlessly woven into the factual background a complex fast paced story told brilliantly at first, the number of characters and the jumping between them was hard to follow, but the action was always interesting and gradually the pieces came together several characters wrestle with the desire to resist the Nazis and Mussolini when nothing is clear and nobody can be fully trusted these struggles are well portrayed and the reader gets to understand the characters emotions as well as their actions


About the Author: Roland Merullo

ROLAND MERULLO is an awarding winning author of 24 books including 17 works of fiction Breakfast with Buddha, a nominee for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, now in its 20th printing The Talk Funny Girl, a 2012 ALEX Award Winner and named a Must Read by the Massachusetts Library Association and the Massachusetts Center for the Book Vatican Waltz named one of the Best Books of 2013 by Publishers Weekly Lunch with Buddha selected as one of the Best Books of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews Revere Beach Boulevard named one of the Top 100 Essential Books of New England by the Boston Globe A Little Love Story chosen as one of Ten Wonderful Romance Novels by Good Housekeeping, Revere Beach Elegy winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction, and Once Night Falls, selected as a First Read byEditors A former writer in residence at North Shore Community College and Miami Dade Colleges, and professor of Creative Writing at Bennington, Amherst and Lesley Colleges, Merullo has been a guest speaker at many literary events and venues and a faculty member at MFA programs and several writers conferences His essays have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, Outside Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Newsweek, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Magazine, Reader s Digest, Good Housekeeping, and the Chronicle of Higher Education Merullo s books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, German, Chinese, Turkish, Bulgarian, Croatian, Slovenian, and Czech.


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