The Last Son’s Secret by Rafel Nadal Farreras (Penguin) ISBN 978-0-85752-447-8
How far would a mother go to protect her only son from the curse of the Palmisanos? All twenty one Palmisano men have been killed.
It’s 1918 in Puglia, Italy, right in the middle of the war and Francesca and Donata have just lost their young husbands and given birth on the same day.
Francesca has a beautiful baby girl, Giovanna, and Donata a baby boy, Vitantonio. Donata makes Francesca swear that she will raise Vitantonio as her own son and he will take on the Convertini name. Donata’s lie will bind Vitantonio and Giovanna forever or it will tear them apart as another war looms.
I like the way that Rafel Nadal Farreras includes real events and interlaces it with the fictional story to create this intense novel. Farreras describes the vineyards and olive groves in so much detail you can almost taste the delicious olives and juicy red tomatoes.
I highly recommend this novel.
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