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"Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up as the best of friends despite their differences. Elisabetta is a feisty beauty who dreams of becoming a novelist; Marco the brash and athletic son in a family of professional cyclists; and Sandro a Jewish mathematics prodigy, kind-hearted and thoughtful, the son of a lawyer and a doctor. Their friendship blossoms to love, with both Sandro and Marco hoping to win Elisabetta's heart. But in the autumn of 1937, all of that begins to change as Mussolini asserts his power, aligning Italy's Fascists with Hitler's Nazis and altering the very laws that govern Rome. In time, everything that the three hold dear--their families, their homes, and their connection to one another--is tested in ways they never could have imagined. As anti-Semitism takes legal root and World War II erupts, the threesome realizes that Mussolini was only the beginning. The Nazis invade Rome, and with their occupation come new atrocities against the city's Jews, culminating in a final, horrific betrayal. Against this backdrop, the intertwined fates of Elisabetta, Marco, Sandro, and their families will be decided, in a heartbreaking story of both the best and the worst that the world has to offer. Unfolding over decades, Eternal is a tale of loyalty and loss, family and food, love and war--all set in one of the world's most beautiful cities at its darkest moment. This moving novel will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of readers"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2021]
ISBN: 9780525539766
Branch Call Number: FIC SCOTTOLINE, L.
Characteristics: xii, 468 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jul 27, 2021

A wonderful book….as to be expected by Lisa Scottoline…highly recommend it.

Jul 27, 2021

See WWII though Italian eyes, a first for me. Loved the descriptions of food, family and the sites of Rome. Makes me want to return and explore more. Elizabetta, Marco and Sandro have been best friends forever and fall in love just as the war powers are getting established. Eventually Fascism takes over, Jews are penalized, Nazis invade and the Jewish population is sent to concentration camps and Italian population is about to come undone. Truths revealed. At times the story seems to be a little melodramatic and could have been shortened but all and all well researched and a compelling story which you will enjoy.

Jul 13, 2021

Ten stars for this book!

Jul 12, 2021

I am a long time fan of Lisa Scottoline and her novels. I am also a big fan of good historical fiction. And this one is up there with the best. I admit being a bit skeptical at first since this was her first foray into historical fiction, but quickly found out I couldn't put it down. This covers such a sad time in world history, but vividly illustrates what happens when one group of people decide other groups are lesser humans and assert their presumed superiority. The disruptions that follow such behavior overturn an entire community that had been otherwise vibrant, peaceful and healthy. ETERNAL is an Incredibly realistic story in the way it relates down to minute details just how society can derail. I hope she will take a stab at another historical novel someday. I also appreciate her author's comments at the end, separating fact from fiction.

Jun 25, 2021

Such a fantastic and most enjoyable first foray into the realm of historical fiction by author, Lisa Scottoline. Frankly Lisa, what took you so long?!!

I have read many such pieces on World War II Europe, but rather few on how the war played out in Italy. Ms. Scottoline deftly weaves the narratives of three primary fiction characters growing up during the rise of Fascism in Rome. She utilizes the chronological record of key historical events as the framework through which the storied lives of this love triangle are woven. Elisabetta is an aspiring writer from a broken home, Sandro - the exceptional Jewish mathematician, and Marco - the great cyclist whose passion speaks first and who holds a burdensome secret from his dear friends and family. All three grew up together. They were best friends and as their hearts turn to love, both boys agree to allow Elisabetta to choose between them. With the ascendancy of Mussolini and Fascism, all three are forced to grow up faster than one would normally expect. This is the story of their lives, relationships with one another, their families and the political factions of the day.

It is my hope that this is not Ms. Scottoline's last piece of historical fiction. If you've made it this far, I leave you with the following favored quote from the book:

War was eternal, but so was peace.
Death was eternal, but so was life.
Darkness was eternal, but so was light.
Hate was eternal, but above all, so was love.

Jun 04, 2021

This is Lisa's best book ever! Couldn't put it down from beginning to end. Even being a fiction novel, I can believe what was happening at the era during WWII.

May 30, 2021

I remember reading my first Lisa Scott line book, "Everywhere That Mary Went" and how much I enjoyed it as a legal thriller and mystery book. Light hearted, fun, well crafted. I've enjoyed reading each book as they've come out. But eternal is such a powerful book. Not only did I enjoy it but I was mesmerized and appalled by it. The story it tells is so powerful and I couldn't put it down. I did not know the history of the Italian Holocaust and it's something that I will read more about now, and just like what happened in Germany should not be forgotten. I highly recommend this book.

May 20, 2021

Probably Scottoline’s best writing! Through the background of a tragic love story, she writes a historical novel depicting the treatment of Italian Jews first by Mussolini’s Fascists and then by Hitler’s Natzis! Yes, an Italian dictionary would have been useful. I did appreciate the map of Rome showing the various streets where the story took place.

May 20, 2021

The use of so many Italian words was rather annoying. I could have used an Italian dictionary!

Apr 21, 2021

A truly beautiful story. A Must Read.

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