The Skinny: One of the best books I have read this year.
I love everything about Italy. From the people to the food, I am enchanted by all things Italian. The Shoemaker’s Wife is a wonderful treat to satiate my appetite for the Italian culture. In this historical fiction, readers are introduced to Enza and Ciro and quickly fall in love with their story.
When Ciro is forced to emigrate from Italy to New York, Enza is provided with no explanation of his sudden departure, and she is devastated and left trying to help her family during trying circumstances. Ciro and Enza reunite in New York and their incredible love story unfolds.
This is one of my favorite reads of 2012. It is so richly descriptive, and I felt every character’s pang of uncertainty and every glimmer of hope as if they were my own. This story helps readers understand the journey that immigrants undertake when adjusting to a new life while trying to establish and maintain relationships. I was most impressed by the characters’ strength in the face of constant conflict and turmoil. Rather than being broken down by their situation, the characters always rise to a challenge and lean on each other to find the strength to move on. It is such a heartwarming theme, and I was inspired by their actions.
When I finished The Shoemaker’s Wife, I felt like my reading experience was complete. I did not have any lingering questions or regrets. The story is moving and the characters and plot feel authentic. This is the perfect story to read if you are looking for an interesting look at family and love.
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