Inspired by the life of the world’s first female war correspondent, Australian Louise Mack.
Australian journalist Rebecca Quinn has left her life in Sydney behind to join her journalist husband on the front lines of the war. As an educated woman and a daughter of a suffragette, Rebecca is all too familiar with men’s opinions of how women should behave. With a supportive husband and family, 1917 Italy and its treatment of her still comes as a bit of a shock. Desperate to prove herself, Rebecca reluctantly teams up with Italian-American photographer Sandro and a surprising partnership is born.
I absolutely loved this book. I couldn’t put it down.
Pamela Hart has done a fantastic job with this book. The characters are flawed and relatable given the 1917 setting, Both Rebecca and Sandro radiate emotion and strength. With a great array of diverse minor characters there is someone for everyone in this book. Not only do you fall in love with these character but you grow with them. As you journey through this book you learn more and more about these amazing character, what makes them tick, what makes them laugh. There was not information dump at the beginning of the story, it was a natural progression throughout the entire novel.
The WWI setting was a perfect backdrop for this story. The honesty and urgency of war was so brilliantly captured, giving an extra dimension to the plot and characters. 1917 war-torn Italy through Pamela Hart’s eyes gives you genuinely funny moments and truly heartbreaking situations.
Pamela Hart is a brilliant writer. Her descriptions are fantastic, they have an almost cinematic quality about them. Her ability to fill each sentence with emotion is absolutely remarkable. Her characters draw you in, Her descriptions put you in the story and Her impactful, emotive plot keeps you turning the pages and leaves you wanting more.
This is one of those books that will stay with me for a very long time. I’m already talking people’s ears off about it. This is a must read for everyone.
A Letter From Italy by Pamela Hart is available 14/3/17. Go and pre-order it now, believe me you want to get your hands on this book the moment it is released.