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In 1944 Tom Wainwright, a British soldier, arrives in the small Italian town of Petriano. The war is nearly over, and in the lull before the Allied troops move further north to capture Florence Tom forges a friendship with the Parini family - and in particular with the eldest daughter, Giuliana. When the war ends he chooses to stay in Italy, planning to build a life with tIn 1944 Tom Wainwright, a British soldier, arrives in the small Italian town of Petriano. The war is nearly over, and in the lull before the Allied troops move further north to capture Florence Tom forges a friendship with the Parini family - and in particular with the eldest daughter, Giuliana. When the war ends he chooses to stay in Italy, planning to build a life with the woman with whom he has fallen deeply in love, but in the chaotic, tragic fallout of the end of the Second World War his hopes are dashed.Fifty years later Isabel Wainwright, Tom's daughter, sets off for Petriano herself, to attend a ceremony naming a piazza in her father's honour. But Isabel isn't so much going to represent her father as to try and find him - for she and her mother have heard nothing of him since, nearly twenty years earlier, he went out one day and never returned. She doesn't even know whether her father is dead or alive, but hopes that by discovering something of his past, she can build a picture of the man she hardly knew....

Title : The Art Of Falling
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ISBN : 9780099481898
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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The Art Of Falling Reviews

  • Mary Vine
    2019-05-02 03:20

    I can't understand why other readers have given this such bad ratings. It's a really lovely book about a daughter's search for her father in Italy, and what the war had to do with his disappearance. The writing is beautiful and the storylines are very cleverly interwoven. Highly recommended.

  • Annette
    2019-05-14 03:32

    I like fun romantic books. I also like a little taste of history with a dash of travel. This book has all of that. Pick it up!

  • Becky
    2019-05-09 02:13

    A pleasantly distracting, airplane-read type of book -- a historical romantic fiction that was well-written enough that I wanted to keep reading, but was basically forgotten once I closed the cover.

  • Aoiffe Hughes
    2019-05-12 22:17

    Enjoyable and nicely written. Descriptive and emotive

  • Harry Tomos
    2019-05-21 23:21

    Loved reading this book, although you could see the twist you didn't know if it would be revealed to the people within the story which is unique, so read to find out that and if there is a happiness to unfinished business

  • Jayne Charles
    2019-05-01 22:37

    I was glad of the synopsis on the back cover of this novel, which helped to get the varying time-lines of the plot into some order in my head. It is very easy to get lost, or to forget how old people are at any given time in this story of past and present, in which a daughter follows the trail of her long lost father through Italy. The writing is confident, full of detail about the history and geography of Italy, and I got a real sense of the Mediterranean within its pages. The story is told rather more through description than dialogue, but all the way through the thoroughness of the author’s research comes through clearly. What I liked best about the novel was the way the central mystery was set up, as well as a lot of smaller mysteries along the way. All along there is a hook pulling the reader through to the end, and there was never the remotest chance of me leaving this unfinished. As I understand it, this novel was originally self-published, but its popularity subsequently attracted a publishing firm. On the one hand, it’s a bit depressing really – to think that a book of this quality can’t make it past the gatekeepers. On the other hand, perhaps it is a source of hope for anyone buried under rejection slips, that if your book is good enough, self-publication can still be a route to the big time.

  • Elysia Fionn
    2019-04-26 02:13

    Great summer read! As always, Deborah Lawrenson delivers in spades with her gorgeous place descriptions... this book reminded me very much of a trip my mother and I took to Italy - the tiny towns, the village folks, the closeness of families which sometimes leads to strained relationships... And, as always, when I finished the book, I wished it was longer. Ms. Lawrenson has the distinct talent of writing stories like sunsets or sunrises... you get so caught up in the soft beauty of the story you don't even realize that time is passing.

  • Candice
    2019-04-28 22:33

    This was a book that had potential of being fantastic. I loved the imagery and descriptions of the different places in Italy. I had to pretty much force myself to finish it, however. I didn't care much for reading the parts about Tom's daughter... she annoyed me. The ending of the book felt thrown together. Finding out what happened to Tom felt very anti-climatic. Overall the book was just okay for me. There's really nothing about it that makes me want to re-read it, or even really remember much of anything that happened within it.

  • Maudie
    2019-05-12 01:18

    For the first time, I am giving five stars for story content alone...nothing else. From the waning years of WWII and the aftermath of its effects on Italy, the story spoke to me...maybe it was the fact that my father was an American soldier in 1944-1945 and in that area of the world...maybe it was Italians 'shoulding up' during a time of war and devastation...maybe it was the budding romance between a young Tommy and his girl...or his daughter's later search for her father...I no longer know. The story was full, complete and a quite lovely read.

  • Ian
    2019-05-15 03:22

    I enjoyed this story of separation and misunderstanding. The author painted an excellent word-portrait of Italy but I felt she was guilty of over-writing. A simpler style would have improved it, I think.

  • Ann
    2019-05-01 01:34

    This is my favourite of Deborah Lawrenson's books. Again and again, it draws me and I have read it three or four times.The time, the setting and the love of two people who lose touch make it both poignant and romantic.

  • Stella
    2019-04-22 02:26

    I really enjoyed this book. It's a compelling story that made me want to sit up and read jsut one more chapter. It has all the atmosphere of Italy and a moving story.

  • Lara
    2019-05-05 03:08

    Although I enjoyed this book, I felt as though I had read it before, perhaps I have read too many of this genre. If you enjoy interwoven stories from different era's, then I recommend this.

  • Diana
    2019-05-02 21:18

    the first 200 pages were slow, after that the book became much more interesting.

  • Paige
    2019-05-04 02:07

    what a great love story

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-07 20:10

    Really enjoyed this book, but I felt the ending wasn't very strong and kind of a letdown.