Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Innocent War & Finding Your Families Legacy

I have been a busy, busy reader. I love my publicisit connections that keep me happy with books that would never be on my radar without them.

For the past two days I have been engrossed in Innocent War by Susan Violante. This is one of those books that stays with you. It is one that I will pick up again and again.

Susan wanted to learn about her father and her legacy. She suggested that he document his life story. A few years later he handed her 5 tapes of him reciting his life which she then decided to share with us. She took her time, taking 10 years to create a legacy that will be with her family forever. I for one am so glad she did.

What a wonderful gift for the both of them. She gets to hear the details of his life and she in turn makes his life story into a book.

Innocent War is set in 1940 during the beginning of Italy's WWII, Innocent War. We hear of Nino (now 79 year old) and the hardships he faced everyday. It is the story of his young Nino's interpretation of his country at war, his family in constant danger and the inevitable tragedy war leave in its path. Susan tells his story beautifully with humor and candor.

This is the first installment in what will hopefully be a series of Nino's life. I was riveted from the moment I opened the book. The cover of the sad, innocent eyes on the cover draws you in but it is the fact that this book is fiction that keeps you reading.

Living the war through Nino's eyes is scary. The day that his school was bombed and they all ran to the basement feeling the ground shake knowing that bombs were being dropped and not knowing if their loved ones were safe made me nervous. Even though it had obviously happened and there was nothing I could do about any outcome I was on the edge of my seat.

To find out more about this book head over to Susan's website here.

There is also a website for Innocent War here.

Follow Susan on Twitter for her updates and her upcoming book signings.

To read an except come here.

I wish I had one to giveaway but you can get a copy for yourself here.

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