Book Review | Villa Triste
Title: Villa Triste
Author: Lucretia Grindle
Villa Triste by Lucretia Grindle is one of those books that will stay with me for awhile. I will compare this book and the richness of the characters to many other books I read. I can imagine myself thinking about the characters and the story over and over as days flow by. This is a book that will take you back in time to some of the most pivotal moments in history. To a turning point in the cruelty of human nature.
The book takes place in two different decades, but in the same beautiful city of Florence, Italy. The author takes us into the lives of the Cammaccio sisters, Caterina and Issa, between 1943 and 1945, in the very center of the German Nazi reign over Italy, and most of Europe. The sisters are just one part of this huge story, about survival, fearlessness and dedication to one’s country. She shows us of the bravery that these women, and their family possessed to overcome this war. She later brings us into present day Florence in 2006, where we follow the steps of Inspector Alessandro Pallioti, as he tries to solve the murder of a partisan hero. The book alternates back and forth between these decades, as the story from the past unravels, and brings the light of the present into focus. The characters of this book became so real to me, that I read this book as fast as I could, so I could immerse myself into their lives and their stories. I couldn’t put the book down.
Villa Triste is one of the most intriguing, and most well written books I have read in a long time. Lucretia Grindle writes with beauty and tragic grace. I could envision myself on the streets of Florence as the bombs dropped around the city, and peoples lives were torn apart. It is a book that teleports you back in time. If you are a fan of history, a good murder mystery, and a story that makes you wish it never ended, then this is the book for you.
*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this book.*