Stars in an Italian Sky
by Jill Santopolo
Publication Date February 28, 2023
Published by Penguin
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / General, Fiction / Romance / Historical / 20th Century, Fiction / Women
Reading Challenges: Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2023
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost comes a sweeping story of two star-crossed lovers in post-World War II Italy, and a blossoming relationship generations later that will reveal a long-buried family secret.
Genoa, Italy, 1946. Vincenzo and Giovanna fall in love at twenty-one the moment they set eyes on each other. The son of a count and the daughter of a tailor, they belong to opposing worlds. Despite this, the undeniable spark between them quickly burns into a deep and passionate relationship spent exploring each other’s minds, bodies and their city, as well as Vincenzo’s family’s sprawling vineyard, Villa Della Rosa—until shifts in political power force them each to choose a side and commit what the other believes is a betrayal, shattering the bright future they dreamed of together.
New York, 2017. Cassandra and Luca are in love. Although neither quite fits with the other's family, Cass and Luca have always felt like a perfect match for each other. But when Luca, an artist, convinces his grandfather and Cass’s grandmother to pose for a painting, past and present collide and reveal a secret that changes everything.
Stars in an Italian Sky by Jill Santopolo is a dual-timeline historical romance. I enjoyed both timelines equally.
Giovanna and Vincenzo fall in love in the first timeline set during and after the second world war. Giovanna is the daughter of a tailor and Vincenzo is the son of a count. Eventually, their differences split them up. In the modern timeline, set in New York City, Cass, and Luca are in love, but their families are very different. Will the same thing happen to Cass and Luca that happened to Giovanna and Vincenzo?
Stars in an Italian Sky is a sweet, historical novel that has warmth and charm and was a very enjoyable book. I enjoyed both timelines but preferred the older timeline a bit more.
I enjoyed the settings both in Genoa, Italy, and New York City. The historical elements were very interesting and I enjoyed this look into Italian culture and what it was like just after the war.
The plot is a bit predictable, but the story was compelling and the characters were all well-developed. I liked all four of the main characters and enjoyed their journey.
I highly recommend Stars in an Italian Sky to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Stars in an Italian Sky counts toward my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2023
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2023