Book Review, Historical

Book Review – Messina

Would you like to visit Italy from the comfort of your home? Then look no further! This is a book I read earlier this year, and posted reviews online. Somehow I missed blogging about it at that point in time.   Here is the short review that I shared on goodreads:

This book was delightful.
I felt like I was there. (Well–OK–not really. I mean, how could reading a book REALLY be like visiting Italy, right?! But you get the picture… 😉 )In Italy, in the aftermath of that awful earthquake.
I loved the characters. Particularly the main characters, Lucy and Giovanni.
Their personalities were fun. Real. Engaging.
The details are phenomenal. The descriptions of the Italian estate, the Italian family, that early hospital. The earthquake. The danger. The horror of it all.
My first read by this author, but it won’t be the last!
Sometimes I feel unsure as to how much to share in a review. I want to share enough to help you see how good the book is. Yet, I don’t want to give away what happens! This book really does have excellent detail. The scenes are described perfectly. The characters are portrayed in a way that makes you feel as though they are your friends. A lady doctor in this setting is not only highly unusual, but also highly intriguing!


From Amazon:

Ominous words from the stone-faced physician at the temporary hospital greet her: “Welcome to hell, Miss James.” No description could be more accurate. Earthquake, tsunami, and fire have razed Messina, Sicily. In a single night in 1909, one hundred thousand people never wake up. Physician Lucille James is determined to help despite horrendous conditions, almost non-existent medical supplies, and the opposition of the medical community she worked so hard to join. Giovanni Castello, the man facing her now, stands as her biggest opponent. Surrounded by blood and death and pushed to the edge of exhaustion, Lucille relies on God as her only option. When God gives a gift, after all, a person must use it. Will she have the strength, courage, and faith to do so?


About the author: Liz Galvano has been writing since she was a little girl. Her stories combine old style adventure and romance with a dash of humor. She loves family, food, animals, and all things Italian. Liz lives with her husband Jeff, two rambunctious dogs, two entitled cats, and a horse who thinks she’s a princess.


Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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