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July 9, 2023

Escape to Florence by Kat Devereaux ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

Escape to Florence
, a dual timeline novel, is a well-written story about two women in beautiful Florence who are finding their personal strength as they deal with  hardships in their lives.

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book cover of WWII historical fiction novel Escape to Florence by Kat Devereaux
July 2023; Harper Paperbacks; 978-0063321311
audio, ebook, print (272 pages); WWII fiction

Even though Stella is only 14, she is the youngest member of the resistance.  Because of her age, its often easier for her to perform her various jobs without detection by the Nazis.  Her mother treats her like a servant and seems to only care about her brother and both parents forbid her from working with the resistance.  Her brother was extremely popular and admired by everyone when he became a race car driver after the war while Stella mysteriously disappeared from life in the area after the war.  

Tori is a young writer who has left her mentally abusive husband and fled to Florence.  She choose Florence because she and her late grandmother traveled there often and she hopes by going back to Florence, she'll be able to learn more about her late grandmother's past.  As she starts digging into her grandmother's past - with the help of Marco, a sexy young lawyer, she begins to uncover secrets that link her grandmother to Stella and her family.   

I enjoyed both women's stories but it seems like there were more words spent on the current time line.  My only complaint about the book is that it left a lot of questions unanswered when it ended rather quickly.  Overall, I thought it was a well written and well researched novel.

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Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.  You can connect with her on Facebook.

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