This is one book that actually surprised me quite a lot. I don't read that much romance, but now and then do I like to take a break from reading crime and horror to read something a bit lighter. To be honest, I was not completely sold when it came to this book's story when I read the blurb. And, in a way, I was right about feeling a bit cautious when it came to the romance part of this book. But, I was wrong to think that this book wouldn't suit me.
However, I will start with saying that I did not care an iota about Antonio and Olivia's romance, I never found their first meeting especially memorable and the subsequent meetings over the years never interested me or even gave a hint of some memorable romance. In short, the main story, the romance between Antonio and Olivia bored me. However, the book had a much more interesting character and that was Antonio's sister Filomena. I liked reading about Filomena's struggle to be with the man she loved. It was far more interesting to read about than Antonio and Olivia's forbidden love. Filomena was the one character that made the book enjoyable for me. Filomena and the fact that I have never read about an Italien family in England during WW2 and what they had to go through. Half the family was for fascism and Mussolini and the other half, not too enthusiastic about it. And, I found it fascinating to read about how the Italians in England thought that Mussolini, il Duce, was the one that would make Italy great again.
The last part of the book was my favorite part because here Alison Love decided to twist to story in a way I never expected it to go. Here, I became was so completely intrigued by the book that I couldn't stop reading it, despite the clock closing in on midnight. And, the worst part, I loved the ending, despite it being so darn saccharin!
It was a wonderful book and I ended up enjoying it very much!