When Jewish people began to be persecuted in Italy, Lidia lost her fiance and her spot in the medical college–and soon after her father was taken, too. As she tries to find a safe haven in the Italian countryside, she will have to decide what she is willing to do–and what she’s willing to become–to keep herself safe. Sixty years later at the time of her death, her granddaughter makes a journey to the same Italian countryside to search for the truth about her grandmother’s past.
The Venetian setting of this novel sets it apart from much of the WWII fiction focused on Germany, Poland, and Austria, and will appeal to readers with a particular interest in the time period. The novel never reached the level of emotional depth I wanted in order to establish a real connection with the characters, and the modern timeline didn’t grab me. For this reason, I’d recommend THE GIRL FROM VENICE to the reader who can’t get enough WWII fiction, but not to the reader looking for the next great historical fiction novel.
I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from the publisher in order to write this review.