The Enemy of Love

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Pub Date 13 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2023

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1943. Wartime Italy.

Casa Maria sits at the heart of the small Umbrian town of Amatino, famous for its food, wine and the di Luca and Capaldi families who run it. But now Italy is consumed by war and everything must change.

For talented cook Sophia di Luca, the discovery her father has left the trattoria not to her, but to the volatile and charismatic Giorgio Capaldi, is a bitter disappointment. Still grieving the sudden death of his wife, and in no mood to compromise, Giorgio’s return to Amatino threatens everything Sophia has struggled to achieve.

As Mussolini falls and the Germans march in, the two families find themselves in conflict not only with a terrifying new enemy, but also with each other.

Annabelle Thorpe’s gripping novel does for wartime Italy what Victoria Hislop does for Greece.

'A joyous read, which really spoke to me about the indomitability of the human spirit. A wonderful book.' Elizabeth Enfield, author of Ivy and Abe

Praise for Annabelle Thorpe:

'Unputdownable!' Claire Dyer, author of The Last Day

'A pacy, engaging tale of human weakness and of passion so overwhelming it can make fools of us all' Daily Express


1943. Wartime Italy.

Casa Maria sits at the heart of the small Umbrian town of Amatino, famous for its food, wine and the di Luca and Capaldi families who run it. But now Italy is consumed by war...

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Annabelle Thorpe's novel, The Enemy of Love, takes readers on a journey to Mussolini's Italy during World War II, where we witness the bonds of family and friends as a small Italian village finds itself in the crosshairs of the war. The world is at war, but in Amatino, Sophie di Luca's life is the Trattoria di Luca, the restaurant she assumed her father would leave to her; instead, he arranged for Giorgio Capaldi to take over the restaurant, throwing Sophie's life into chaos.

The author provides the reader with a vivid picture of Amatino and its inhabitants during a time of great upheaval. The characters are interesting and compelling, each with unique motivations and desires, making it easy for readers to become invested in their lives. Although a bit slow at the beginning, the building tension caused by the conflict between Sophie and Giorgio moves the story along from start to finish.

The Enemy of Love is a well-written, compelling novel that explores themes of grief, love, and family conflict in a time of turmoil. This is an excellent read for those who love historical fiction and are curious about Italy during this turbulent time in histo

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When Mussolini is deposed, the people in Amatino, the villagers think their lives will get back to normal. When the Germans infiltrate the village, the Capaldi and Bertilli families decide they need to fight back. What will the cost be to them? Can they overcome their grief to find hope and love again? Their priest reminds them, "Love is the enemy of war."

In The Enemy of Love, Annabelle Thorpe explores Italy in the last part of World War II. If I had known Italian, I would have enjoyed the book more, but I was able to figure out what the Italian phrases through context clues. This book highlights the importance of family and neighbors. I was able to read an ARC on #NetGalley.

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#TheEnemyOfLove I downloaded from Netgalley & couldn't put down. I love finding books that have grit & make you think.
⭐️ While set at a very hard time when Germans were occupying Italy, I loved being in Italy. The description, the people, the language. It all made me feel like I was there!
⭐️ The story & the writing. I was hooked on each person, what they were going through, and what was going to happen to them.
⭐️ The community & how everyone looked after each other with food and drink - such is the Italian way.
⭐️ The history. Sometimes, it's good to have perspective & realise how lucky we are now. The events in this book were heartbreaking.
⭐️ I fell into Annabelle's writing style straight away. I love when a book feels like home.
Highly recommend!

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A heartwarming tale of two people caught in the crossroads of war. The characters were beautifully written. The struggle the women faced inorder to be heard and appreciated is beautifully depicted. A good read for the historical fiction lovers.

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There's not a lot of book set in Italy during WWII and was curious about this one. It's a compelling story, the historical background is vivid and well researched.
There's a lot of drama and emotions while the story plays a greater game.
Many thanks to the publisher for this arc, all opinions are mine

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I enjoy historical novels that are set in the WWll era. The Enemy of Love was a bit different from most because it was set in Italy during WWll. The use of the Italian phrases in the book slowed me down as I had to consult a dictionary for better understanding. But that's ok, you're never too old to learn new things. At first, it reads like a novel about an Italian family that owned a restaurant, but that changes with the departure of Mussolini, and the presence of German forces becomes apparent. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this novel. Thanks to author Annabelle Thorpe, publisher Aria & Aries, and NetGalley. I received a complimentary copy of this ebook. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Books about World War II are a favorite of mine. This book is different than most because it focuses on Mussolini's Italy during World War II,

The book was fantastic. The author did a fantastic job capturing the feeling of the citizens of Italy during this time period.

The country is in turmoil and everyone is on high alert as a result emotions are running high as well. The main characters Sophie and Giorgio experience strong feeling of grief, love, and several moments of disagreement.

The book is a great choice for historical fiction fans and are curious about Italy during the war.

Highly recommend.

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Thanks Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. Sophia is surprised to learn that her father left the restaurant to someone else. She asks herself why. She is trying to get along with the new owner, but he makes it hard to do.

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