Dark secrets and hidden sorrows abound in Santa Montefiore’s spellbinding new novel set in war-torn Italy and the streets of New York.
'Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore' JOJO MOYES
New York, 1979.
It is Thanksgiving and Evelina has her close family and beloved friends gathered around, her heart weighted with gratitude for what she has and regret for what she has given up. She has lived in America for over thirty years, but she is still Italian in her soul.
Northern Italy, 1934.
Evelina leads a sheltered life with her parents and siblings in a villa of fading grandeur. When her elder sister Benedetta marries a banker, to suit her father’s wishes rather than her own, Evelina swears that she will never marry out of duty. She knows nothing of romantic love, but when she meets Ezra, son of the local dressmaker, her heart recognises it like an old friend.
Evelina wants these carefree days to last forever. She wants to bask in sunshine, beauty and love and pay no heed to the grey clouds gathering on the horizon. But nothing lasts forever. The shadows of war are darkening over Europe and precious lives are under threat…
Santa Montefiore’s books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages and have sold more than six million copies in England and Europe. She is the bestselling author of The Temptation of Gracie and the Deverill series, among many others. She is married to writer Simon Sebag Montefiore. They live with their two children, Lily and Sasha, in London. Visit her at SantaMontefiore.co.uk and connect with her on Twitter @SantaMontefiore or on Instagram @SantaMontefioreOfficial.
“A sweeping tale of deep love lost and found, An Italian Girl in Brooklyn spans many decades and two continents as a woman who lost everything during World War II learns to live again. Filled with the color and warmth of northern Italy, the pain and salvation of family, and the courage and determination it takes to start life over across an ocean, the talented Santa Montefiore’s latest ripples with longing, fate, and hope. The based-on-a-true-story twists will have you gasping aloud.” — KRISTIN HARMEL, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars and The Book of Lost Names
“With her trademark warmth and emotional generosity, Montefiore returns with a dual narrative linked through its protagonist Evelina, transporting us from her current life in early 1980s Lower Manhattan to her adolescence in 1934 northern Italy where she’s raised with her siblings in a crumbling villa. . . . An irresistible page-turner, rife with humanity.” — Toronto Star
“Master storyteller Santa Montefiore breathes life into every scene in this epic tale spanning decades and continents. . . . With impressive vignettes of Piedmont, this time–travelling romance is sure to have you pining for an Italian escape among the cypress trees, olive groves and delectable cuisine.” — enRoute
“A poignant, tender tale. . . . An Italian Girl in Brooklyn is a beautifully written, sweeping saga by Montefiore that tugs at the heartstrings.” — What’s Better Than Books?
“A beautiful, well-crafted story and a must-have for any historical fiction fan. . . . Santa is a master at creating an emotional and riveting story that stays with you for days.” — Your Bookish Life