The Shoemaker's Wife

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Nestled high in the Italian Alps lies Vilminore, home to Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. Close by lives Enza, a practical girl who longs only for a happy life for her family. When the two meet as teenagers, it seems it could be the start of a life together... Then Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal and is sent to America as an apprentice to a shoemaker in Little Italy, leaving behind a bereft Enza. Her family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to flee to America with her father to secure their future. ...

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Susan M

Jun 12, 2017

a sweeping epic

This book was recommended to me by a relative, and I really did not want to read it. It seemed very long and it is generally not my type of story, however, I'm glad I stuck with it because it turned out to be wonderful. The richness of the characters and surrounding Italian scenery drew me in and before long I was reading into the late hours of night. It reminded me of an Italian Dr. Zhivago. The characters continue to separate and find each other again. Also gave a great history of the early immigrants coming to America to find better live. Enza and Ciro are the young couple that meet as children in a small village in the Italian Alps and make their way to America. I can see this one as a movie, if it hasn't been made into one already.

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