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Under a Sardinian Sky by [Alexander, Sara]
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Under a Sardinian Sky Kindle Edition

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"Alexander's novel will leave readers riveted until the explosive conclusion."
-Publishers Weekly
"This enchanting novel is a delightful read, perfectly suited for a warm beach with a cold beverage. Readers who enjoy Adriana Trigiani's historical Italian family sagas will adore Alexander's debut."
-Booklist

About the Author

Sara Alexander completed her postgraduate diploma in acting from Drama Studio London. She has worked extensively in the theater, film, and television industries, including roles in much loved productions such as Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Dr. Who, and Franco Zeffirelli's Sparrow.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1634 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: HQ (20 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M8M3NMI
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am the first in the line for a good historical fiction, so when the opportunity to review "Under a Sardinian Sky" came my way I didn't hesitate for long. This book is set in the 1950's Sardinia and it includes all of the elements that make a novel really great - lovely setting, interesting background, traditional Italian families and scandal. Hello, I thought, or salve - give me this novel, like, pronto. It immediately transported me into this different era and the characters' world.

So. This book. It gave me a headache, really. I absolutely loved the writing style, the descriptions and even the characters were nicely drawn, but... Yes, but. But after the initial euphoria that I am so in love with the book there came a moment that it started to feel too flat for my liking, and in the end it just didn't wow me. After such a promising start I was expecting the story is going to continue like this but - sadly - for me it just went downhill and it didn't keep my attention.
The story features Carmela, a young Sardinian girl, oldest child in her family, currently engaged to Franco. A very talented girl - a great seamstress who could also speak fluent English, which was very useful, as there were American soldiers stationing nearby, in need of interpreters. And needless to say, this closeness to those Americans was a reason of the troubles that were to come. Introducing here Joe Kavanagh, who felt in love not only with Sardinia and landscape and the Italian hospitality but also with a girl that was promised to another man.
The author introduces us to SO MANY background characters in this story that really quickly I stopped to try to understand who is who and in which relationship they are to Carmela and her family.
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The prologue in London 2007 is a poignant family time which brings to light Mina’s obsession about the mystery of missing aunt Carmela. Then we’re taken back to 1952 on the Assumption Day fiesta in the Sardinian town of Simius. Despite GI’s arriving 8 years ago when they liberated the town, the community have little respect for them considering the soldiers rude (and racist!). Carmela is watching the dancers, observing her seamstress skill in their costumes before being made to stand in for one of the dancers. Running away to get changed down an alleyway, a GI follows her believing she may be in danger and fiancee Franco also turns up. The scene is set …

I didn’t like Franco from the beginning. Arrogant and possessive, I just knew that Carmela would certainly lose her passion, self belief and her wanderlust with him as a husband. He made me feel afraid (which was only heightened after one particular scene). One relationship I did enjoy is that with Carmela and sister Piera. It was (mostly) honest and open and I felt Carmela’s sadness that once she was married to Franco, she would feel as if something was missing from not being able to be so close to Piera. I have to be honest and share that it took me over half of the story to have an emotional connection with Carmela. Obviously this is subjective although I have no idea why I didn’t connect before. All of a sudden it was there though, deepening my feelings. After that I cried. More than once! I felt so desolate at one point and yet at another brimming with hope and possibility. Conflict comes from not just Franco and Joe but Agnes too (something she does has such a profound effect on lives).

Jewish immigrants from London, the Curzon family, holiday in the town every summer.
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