Dec 4, 2012
Author: Jonathan Hull
Publication Date: August, 2012
Publisher: Dancing Muse Press
Ryan Brooks never forgot the powerful hands that pulled him from the wreckage of his parents' station wagon that summer in 1960 when he was ten and his childhood came to a fiery end during a family vacation. Thirty years later, Ryan returns to Wyoming to thank the dying rancher for saving the life he is still trying to be worthy of. The chilling sight of Mike O'Donnell's deeply scarred hands is just the beginning of Ryan's journey as he soon finds himself caught between the rancher's captivating - and married - daughter, Shannon, and his mysterious Italian wife, Alessandra.
When Mike's deathbed confession sets Ryan on a search for the truth of what really happened the day his parents died, he unearths a long-buried secret that leads to a mountain cave in Northern Italy and Alessandra's dangerous love affair with a haunted young German soldier. As past and present collide in an intricately woven story of love and redemption across generations and continents, Ryan discovers that the answers he seeks are inscribed deep in the hearts of those whose lives - and courage - he must measure against his own.
A set of moving love stories, set in two different generational time frames, 2 different continents and with enough surprise twists and turns to make you sit up and take notice.
The book shares the atrocities of the Germans during WWII, and also their kindness and humanity. It shares the humiliation and fear the Italians felt, and also their hidden strengths. Then we move to America where all of the past endures through the many attempts to wipe it out and keep it hidden. The stories are filled with love, but also fear, jealousy, guilt and hidden secrets.
A good fiction novel that you can sink your teeth into.
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