by Lisa Scottoline
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Pub Date 28 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 28 Mar 2023
PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons
Loyalty can save a soul—or destroy one.
Franco Fiorvanti is a handsome lemon grower toiling on the estate of a baron. He dreams of owning his own grove, but the rigid class system of Sicily thwarts his ambition. Determined to secure a better future, Franco will do anything to prove his loyalty to the baron. But when the baron asks him to kidnap a little boy named Dante, Franco makes a decision that will change his life—and even the history of Sicily—forever.
Gaetano Catalano is an idealistic young lawyer whose devotion to justice is tantamount to a calling. He’s a member of the Beati Paoli, a real-life secret society of aristocrats who investigate crime in Palermo, a city riddled with graft. Gaetano sets out to find the boy and punish the kidnapper, but his mission leads him to a darker place than he had ever imagined.
Meanwhile, Mafalda Pancari is a new mother rejoicing at the birth of her daughter, Lucia, when disaster strikes. And Alfredo D’Antonio is a reclusive goatherd under constant threat of being discovered as a Jew. How the lives of these unforgettable characters collide makes Loyalty an epic tale of good versus evil, as the story twists and turns to its monumental showdown.
Readers will be transported to the dramatic and ruggedly beautiful island of Sicily, the jewel of the Mediterranean, where lush lemon groves and mouth-watering cuisine contrast with a turbulent history of colonization and corruption. Scottoline brings her decades of thriller writing to historical fiction, creating in Loyalty a singular novel that no reader will be able to put down.
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Another outstanding book by this very talented author who started off with legal fiction and has come up with a historical novel set in 1810 in Italy. The story begins with the introduction of the multiple characters who eventually will tie everything together,
Dante a young boy 0f 5 or 6 gets kidnapped at a festival and is sold by a man who profits by this and he is the main focus of this book. He is shackled in his cell and he endures this horrible life until his teenage years when a new administrator takes over the mental facility. He falls in love, sets out to find his family and makes peace with the life that he has lived up to this point.
Rich descriptions of the people, places and events make this such a great read that I am happy to recommend. I look forward to many more great books in the future by Lisa Scottoline.
An absolute breathtaking journey of love, loss, choices and of course, Loyalty.
This immersive journey is a tour through Sicily in the 1800’s woven expertly with fact and fiction.
You see the rise of the mafia in Sicily through the ambitions of the not so wealthy. How power and greed corrupt absolutely. How the choices made both enhance and incumber the people of this small town.
Boys are being kidnapped from the wealthy. Dante is kidnapped and placed in a madhouse, left at just 6 years old with the raving mad. His abuse and torture is brutal. More boys disappear and only one man (a lawyer) is compelled through his faith to find them… no matter the cost. (And the costs are high for him and the boys.)
You’ll meet Lucia and Mufalada, forces from their home since Lucia is born albino. The town believes her a curse and Mufalda chooses to flee and live off the land in order to raise her child she believes has been sent from God as a blessing, not a curse.
When all these players in the book converge, death and destruction, love and forgiveness and justice and revenge is exacted.
This is a fast paced, brilliantly written, breathtaking experience of Sicily, its beautiful lemon groves, and the rise of the mafia. Loyalty, it’s a blessing and a curse.
I can’t give enough praise for this novel set to be released in March of 2023.
Thank you to #NetGalley, the publishers and author for extending me an ARC in exchange for my honest opinions. This is one you truly will not want to miss!
My full review will be posted to all my social media, blogs and retail sites on release day.
A sweeping work of love, betrayal, loss, and of course, loyalty. A look at history mixed with a bit of fiction and I am here for this one! Scottoline is one of the best storytellers of our generation and she has not let us down on this one!
We follow Franco, a good-looking lemon-grower who wants more. More than what men in his class should be happy with. As he sets out to ingratiate himself with his boss, Baron Zito, he is asked to do some underhanded and downright nasty stuff. Which he does. Climbing out of the class you were born in takes a certain hardness and I think Franco achieved that when he is asked to get rid of a boy. Just a little boy whose existence is causing the Baron problems. Although he doesn’t kill the boy, he has him deposited in an insane asylum.
With this act, he sets into motion what will become the first Mafia family.
On the other side of the coin is Gaetano Catalano. A young lawyer passionate about the law and justice. Himself a member of a secret society, the Beati Paoli, and yes it is their job to investigate crime. Crime and Corruption are rampant in Sicily. Gaetano will risk everything for this cause to find the boy and bring him home.
The boy, Dante, is left to grow up in the insane asylum, not knowing who he is or why he is there. Is he mad? He thinks he may be. But when he meets someone with another tragedy, they fall in love and team up to find out who did this to Dante and most importantly who he is!
I loved this book and I hope you will too.
NetGalley/March 28th, 2023 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Wow! A historical mafia story based in Sicily. There are many characters and storylines in this book. The book kept my interest and I wanted to find out more about what’s going on with the characters. There is kidnapping, a madhouse, lemon groves, lawyers and a baby born that leaves people stunned. Interesting book!