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Recognising the value of taking joy wherever we could
Reviewed in Australia on 30 November 2021
This was a 3.5-star read for me.
This was an epic story about how war affected families and relationships - I think the book was very appropriately titled. It was a story about the echoes of war(s), indeed.
I liked the overall concept of the story, and I really appreciated that the Author incorporated elements from her own heritage and stories from her own grandparents. Giulia’s strong relationship with her family was clearly the core of the story, and her love for natural medicines showed her ‘modern’ side of wanting to be an independent woman.
While some of the sub-plots were used repetitively, such as Giulia’s desire to further her medicine study and thus instigating arguments with her father, and the romance (the courting part) could’ve been improved, it was an enjoyable read overall.
There was this particular quote that I liked very much from the book:
“After everything I’d been through, I recognised the value of taking joy wherever we could.”
I think it is very important indeed to always recognise the value of taking joy wherever we can!
(Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Australia for a free copy in exchange for an honest review)