I love the Mediterranean area and really enjoy stories set in this region. This story had a lot of characters so it was a little confusing at first to keep track of everyone and who they were. I found myself referring back to the list of characters provided by the author in the front of the book. Once I got past that hurdle I did enjoy the story.
A quick moving, historical fiction-combined-with-thriller story about the creation of the first Mafia family in Sicily and the lawyer that chases down the mystery of a long lost, kidnapped young boy. I listened to the audio and this read a little bit like a soap opera in Sicily, but was a dramatic and entertaining picture of desperate humans doing whatever possible to get ahead. The descriptives of characters, places, and events were wildly vivid.
This was an interesting novel. I had a bit of trouble sorting through the characters but it was full of interesting tid bits that I had no idea about. I think I’ve loved others of Scottoline better.
A very good book about early life in Silciy with the mafia and how the different classes rule the regions. Mixed in with the loss of love and the struggle to overcome poverty this is a very good story that has many different characters yet the story the author weaves brings all of the characters to life on these pages. A very good book.
I love Lisa Scottline's books. I love when things are set in PHILLY and I feel like I am back in college.
Thanks so much for sharing the BEST READS with me.
I tried to get into this book but unfortunately couldn’t get into a rhythm with it. I loved What Happened to the Bennetts, but this book didn’t grip me the same way.
I was lucky to receive an advance copy of Loyalty by Lisa Scottoline from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion. Lisa Scottoline is one of my absolute favorite authors and I was so excited to read this! I liked this but I personally prefer the non historical fiction writing style. I loved her books that weren't historical fiction. I hope she still continues to write that style.
By: Lisa Scottoline
Pub Date: 3/28/23
Publisher: Penguin Group Putnam
This book has lots of storylines to follow. I really appreciate that the author included a list of characters right from the start.
This book is set in Sicily in the 1800s. There are several time jumps throughout the story. You follow the creation of the first mafia and a lawyer's mission to find a kidnapped child, a cheese maker and an albino girl named Lucia.
It’s an intense story with lots of ups and downs. If you like historical fiction you’ll love this one!
Thank you to #NetGalley, the publisher, and the author.
I love Lisa Scottoline's books and was so looking forward to reading this “tome.” This might be the first book of hers that I didn't like and didn't finish. I tried twice hoping it would get better but it didn't.
This is her second book set in Italy. I loved Eternal, not only because it was set there, but it was a good story. This was such a big letdown. Too many characters, too disjointed and I'm not a big reader of the 1800s nor the mafia.
I appreciate her delving into more male characters though instead of the usual women which was a nice change.
I wasn't “loyal” to this book.
DNF. There were too many characters and the plot was very confusing. I was very disappointed in this one.
This one took me a while to finish because I kept putting it down. I am glad I finished it and got a glimpse into Sicily and the early mafia. I had a few problems fallowing it at times and I also got some of the characters confused but I learned a great deal and would now love to travel to Sicily
This story had a very interesting plot, but the writing style was so verbose that it detracted from the story.
I read many books in the series by this author that began with Everywhere that Mary Went. Over the years, Scottoline began to explore other kinds of fiction and wrote a number of standalones. This is an historical fiction title and one worth reading.
The author has penned a rather complicated story that involves kidnapping, hospitalization in a psychiatric facility, the beginnings of the Mafia, a Jewish character trying to stay alive, loyalty and relationships in many forms. Quite a lot to take on but Scottoline handles all of this very well while also bringing Sicily in the 1800s to life.
Historical fiction fans may well want to give this one a look.
Many thanks to Penguin Group and NetGalley for this title. All opinions are my own.
I normally really enjoy Lisa Scottoline's books, but this one just wasn't for me. I didn't care for any of the characters and the story just did not hold my attention.
Fast pace- multiple narrators- about the early history of Sicily and the Mafia.
Writing was fine but not great.
And a few too many sub plots and characters to keep track of.
Thanks to Net Galley and Putnam for an early copy.
Epic in every sense! Following an impressive number of characters with nuanced and dynamic relationships over a significant length of time, Scottoline nevertheless keeps the narrative and emotional throughlines clear. This is one to get immersed in.
I couldn't even finish it. I tried for months -- I couldn't keep the characters straight and it didn't hold my interest enough to keep trying. I have never not finished a book before.
The book was great!! I love a good saga, and this one gripped me from the beginning. It's written in 4 parts and it had a mafia vibe. It was kind of about the birth of the Sicilian mafia and all of the Dons fighting to be top dog. The lengths they'd go to, who they'd hurt, the crimes they'd commit and how they'd justify it. It posits the question of whether family is only blood or also chosen. This is historical fiction but Lisa Scottoline definitely her research prepping for this and you can tell. I had visuals in my mind the entire book, of the scenery and the characters... by the time it got to part 4, I was desperate to know how it would all shake out. It was unpredictable and so good! Would definitely recommend!!
An amazing story that establishes the beginnings of the mafia originating out of the workers in the olive groves in Italy. A young boy is kidnapped and a determined lawyer Gaetano risks his career and his life to find the boy and return him to his parents. From this kidnapping the first mafia family rises.
The book has so many twists and turns, the reader is kept in suspense. This historical period is so interesting and Scottoline brings to life the characters and the times.
Recommended for all readers, especially those who love historical fiction.
Another great book by Lisa Scottoline! A great historical fiction novel about Sicily! Very engaging characters that are followed expanding years until the conclusion is revealed!