Saturday, February 25, 2023

Stars in an Italian Sky

In 1946 WWII has finally come to an end. Giovanna, along with her rebellious sister and father return to Genoa to rebuild their family’s tailor shop. One day Vincenzo, the son of a powerful and wealthy family walks into the shop for a small repair. Vincenzo and Giovanna are immediately attracted to one another and slowly begin their secret romance. They are from two different classes and his family would never approve. Since Vincenzo’s brother died during the war, he is now the heir that will someday run the family vineyards and finances, destroying any dream of being an artist. Present day Cassandra and Luca are in love and planning their wedding. Living in NYC Cassandra manages a fashion company and Luca is an up and coming artist in the gallery scene. One day Luca’s grandfather is visiting from Italy and Luca persuades him to pose with Cassandra’s beloved 92 year old grandmother for a special series he is creating. When the past comes crashes down around them, the entire family is immersed in painful memories. If this synopsis sounds overly simplified that’s because it is. Even though it nicely captured the enjoyable elements of Italy, NY, art, and wine along with handsome characters, the build up is so elementary - he wore, she said - over and over again that the reader feels little desire or despair towards any outcome or resolution. It’s fine, quietly okay - but does not contain an ounce of the heightened emotions we experienced in the The Light We Lost. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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