Kate Furnivall
The Liberation
July 16, 2019 Comments.. 764
The Liberation Italy as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated cities its population fights each other to survive Caterina Lombardi is desperate her mother has abandoned them alr

  • Title: The Liberation
  • Author: Kate Furnivall
  • ISBN: 9781471155550
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Paperback
  • Italy, 1945 as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated cities, its population fights each other to survive Caterina Lombardi is desperate her mother has abandoned them already and her brother is being drawn into the mafia Early one morning, among the ruins of the bombed Naples streets, she is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect herItaly, 1945 as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated cities, its population fights each other to survive Caterina Lombardi is desperate her mother has abandoned them already and her brother is being drawn into the mafia Early one morning, among the ruins of the bombed Naples streets, she is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect her family and in doing so forges a future very different to the one she expected But will the secrets of her family s past be her downfall This epic novel is an unforgettably powerful story of love, loss and the long shadow of war.

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    1. Margitte says:

      The book cover is just beautiful. It was the first thing that attracted me to this historical fictional novel. Then there was the blurp which promised intrigue, suspense, mystery, and action. The latter being of a different kind than normally expected. A serious touch of sleuthing was added to a brilliant, multilayered plot. THE BLURBItaly, 1945: as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated cities, its population fights each other to survive. Caterina Lombardi is despe [...]

    2. Svetlana says:

      2.5 stars :(I was actually really enjoying the first half of this book. So much so that I would get lost in the story. I was very certain I was going to give it a good rating but I started losing interest in the latter half. This was a post war novel based in Italy, 1945, where Caterina Lombardi lived with her blind grandfather and younger brother. She carved wooden music boxes and sold them so that she could put food on the table. Her father was killed in an explosion two years before and her h [...]

    3. Brenda says:

      4.5★sWhen Caterina Lombardi was only ten years old and her brother Luca was just a baby, their mother abandoned them. She deserted her husband and two children for another man, fleeing for the lights and money of Rome. Now, eleven years later and Caterina was twenty one; Luca eleven. It was 1945 and the war was over; the British and American soldiers were trying to help the locals bring some order back to their lives in Naples and surrounding towns. Caterina lived with her brother and their gr [...]

    4. Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews says:

      Kate Furnivall is an author who is quite familiar to me. I devoured Furnivall’s series of books set in Russia, she has a real knack for bringing to life places and specific time periods from the past. It has been awhile since I have read a book written by Kate Furnivall, so I was excited about the prospect of reading Furnivall’s latest release, The Liberation.The Liberation effortlessly transports the reader back to post war Italy. In 1945, Caterina Lombardi is a young woman among countless [...]

    5. Gemma says:

      The story in this novel warrants about 350 pages; instead it runs to 560 pages. It’s not some epic tale of history or a three generation family saga. It’s simply an ordinary detective story where everything takes place in a short span of time. In other words it’s incredibly long-winded and over detailed. I also found it poorly constructed – innumerable chapters that simply weren’t necessary. It was like the author put down on paper every single thought passing through her head and didn [...]

    6. Jo (A rather Bookish Geek) says:

      To be honest, I suppose I should consider myself lucky, that I don't come across books as bad as this very often. It's normally as rare as twice a year. It may seem harsh, but I'm afraid this is reality. This book was drivel. To begin with, this book was way too long. This could have easily been a 300 page book, but instead it was terribly long winded and unnecessarily drawn out. This book is described as a sweeping and epic saga. No, this was neither of those things. It was poorly constructed, [...]

    7. Julie says:

      Caterina is trying to survive in Sorrento, Italy in 1945. The war has ended and British and American troops are in Naples trying to restore peace to the war devastated city. Caterina has taken over her dead father's business to try and support her young brother and grandfather who rely on her.I enjoyed the first half of this story but it seemed to take me a long time to get through the last part.

    8. Emma Crowley says:

      I sensed before beginning The Liberation by Kate Furnivall that I was going to enjoy it. I am a big fan of Kate's writing and have loved everything she has written since her début The Russian Concubine but what took me by surprise was just how much I really did love this new book. I couldn't get it enough of it, or read quick enough, to discover how the ever tangled web of lies, deceit and intrigue would resolve themselves. Kate is on top form with this book and it's evident she enjoyed writing [...]

    9. Redfox5 says:

      A good solid historical fiction set in Italy after the second World War.Caterina's family is left smaller and poor after the defeat of Italy in the hands of the allied troops. When an American solider starts asking questions about her dead father's involvement in the stealing of Italy's art. She sets out to clear her father's name.Bit of a mystery in this one and a touch of romance, all in a beautiful setting. I always like reading about people who were on the wrong side of the war, through no c [...]

    10. Incy Black says:

      Stunning, shocking Beautifully written.A fabulous book, the storyline fat with conspiracy and intrigue and violence, the backdrop: Italy face down in the rubble, immediately after World War II, the population struggling against the ruination of their economy and infrastructure, law and order broken, corruption rife. Such is the richness of the writing and imagery used, together with Kate Furnivall’s incredible skill at transporting the reader, do not be surprised when on reaching the end, you [...]

    11. Linda says:

      This book was such a drag to read. It was beautifully written but I felt it was a good 100 pages too long. The characters were interesting but the whole book was based on a missing table.

    12. Theresa Smith Writes says:

      Set in Italy at the end of WWII, The Liberation unfolds against a backdrop of savagery and desolation. Rarely have I come across a book that depicts the full devastation of war so intricately. Italy, at the end of WWII, was a country destroyed, ruled by corruption, fear, and poverty. Kate Furnivall gives us an insight into this with one woman's fight to keep her family safe while finding out the truth about her father. This was an excellent novel, rich in historic detail with vivid depictions of [...]

    13. booksofallkinds says:

      **MORE THAN 5 STARS**There are not enough words to describe the magnificence of this gripping tale but I will try to do it justice. Caterina Lombardi is doing the best that she can for her family in her home of Italy in the aftermath of the War. Her beautiful Sorrento and Naples may have been pillaged and bombed but its spirit and wonder still remain, ensnaring the hearts of the Allied soldiers who are trying to reinstate the land to its former glory. Like her flawed but stunning homeland, Cater [...]

    14. LindyLouMac says:

      It was quite by chance that I came to read this very readable novel set in southern Italy just after the Second World War. I just happened to see it on display at my local library recently and as an Italophile it appealed to me. I have never read any of Kate Furnivall's novels before but after enjoying this one she is an author I will not hesitate to read again.The story is a tangled web of intrigue and deceit, a very descriptive account of a country that was struggling to survive. Caterina, the [...]

    15. Vanessa Couchman says:

      Set in and around Naples and Sorrento at the end of WWII, this novel paints a vivid picture of Italian society at the time. The hunger, poverty and destruction caused by the war overlay the deep-rooted Italian attachment to the family and its darker side, manifested in Camorra corruption.The main characters were generally well drawn, although the villains were perhaps a little too typecast. And I did feel that the book didn't need to be as long as it was. Despite that, there are some page-turnin [...]

    16. Tina says:

      A good read but it was lacking something which is why I gave it 3 Stars. With good characterization I feel emotionally involved but I found it missing. I enjoyed the novel but I was pleased to finish and move on.

    17. Susan Angela Wallace says:

      The liberation by kate Furnival is a historical romance read. The Liberation is set in Italy in 1945 as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated country and Italy’s population fights to survive. Caterina Lombardi is desperate – her father is dead, her mother has disappeared and her brother is being drawn towards danger. One morning, among the ruins of the bombed Naples streets, Caterina is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect her own life and in doing so for [...]

    18. L F says:

      This book is long. But, never once did I get bored. The author has a well developed storyline. The characters are fully fleshed out , so you connect with them. But the ending is brilliant. I did not figure it out until it was revealed in the underground catacomb tunnels under Sorrento Italy. The historical details is s welcome addition to the other wonderful elements of this book.

    19. Louise Beech says:

      A beautiful, epic, sprawling novel that fired and hooked me like Gone with the Wind did so many years ago. All the ingredients of a classic are here - the feisty heroine, Caterina, the romantic war-torn setting, secrets and revenge, family honour, and ultimately love. I savoured every page, and feel bereft now it's done. Wonderful!

    20. Soraya Lane says:

      Great holiday read.

    21. Agi says:

      Last year I read and totally enjoyed Kate Furnivall's "The Italian Wife", so I started reading "The Liberation" with my expectations highly set - I really expected a lot from this novel and from this author. And believe me, guys, it is a long book, with almost 600 pages, but there was not a single dull moment and the author kept me in dark, adding a lot of tension and suspense , and I. Loved. This. Book. Everything there had its own place and even though it started relatively slowly - but hey, w [...]

    22. Jo says:

      The LiberationBy Kate Furnivall SynopsisItaly, 1945: as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated cities, its population fights each other to survive. Caterina Lombardi is desperate - her mother has abandoned them already and her brother is being drawn into the mafia. Early one morning, among the ruins of the bombed Naples streets, she is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect her family and in doing so forges a future very different to the one she expected. But wi [...]

    23. Janine says:

      What an enjoyable read especially as I spent time in Sorrento and Naples last year.

    24. P.R. says:

      A friend sent me this book and when I first set eyes on it I wasn't sure. I seemed out of context with my current reading trends. I was so wrong - this is a brilliant book! Set in Italy in 1945 where everything was complete mayhem and life brutally hard, the story follows Caterina who discovers a secret about her late father which leads her into a devastating and dangerous series of events, and at the same time she encounters an American soldierThe story moves at quite a pace, but the quality of [...]

    25. Paige says:

      The first of my Modern Mrs Darcy books: a book with over 500 pages

    26. Michelle Ryles says:

      Kate Furnivall is a new author for me and with such an eye-popping back catalogue I don't how I have got through my reading life without her. It was love at first sight as I turned the first few pages of The Liberation and I just knew that I was going to be in for an epic post-war adventure in beautiful Sorrento.Caterina Lombardi is the backbone of her family. She lives with her brother and grandfather in the war ravaged city of Sorrento, in a post-war Italy where people are struggling to surviv [...]

    27. Vanessa Wild says:

      Gripping and compelling historical fiction set in Sorrento and Naples during 1945, just after WWII. Allied soldiers are in the process of rebuilding and restoring a bombed and ravaged Italy, as well as investigating the disappearance of valuable artefacts and paintings. Meanwhile, Caterina Lombardi is trying to protect her family and preserve their honour when her deceased father comes under suspicion for being involved in the looting. She finds her life increasingly in danger and ends up in a f [...]

    28. Pnina Savery says:

      An excellent read! This novel is set in post-war Italy and brings to life the struggles faced by the locals after their liberation. The author paints a vivid picture of the beautiful surroundings of Naples and Sorrento, along with creating interesting and well-developed characters. The plot is fast paced and enjoyable, with various twists along the way. I was gripped and didn't want to put the book down. I highly recommend this book. I have read some of Kate Furnivall's other books and liked thi [...]

    29. Elisabeth says:

      Naples in 1945 is a dangerous place – Allied bombs may have stopped falling but danger is still everywhere. People are desperate and will do anything for money or food. For a young woman like Caterina Lombardi living with her younger brother and her aging grandfather she is even more vulnerable.One day, Caterina takes a trip to Naples to try and sell some intricate handmade boxes but whilst she is there she becomes embroiled in a confrontation where she will have to go to unimaginable lengths [...]

    30. Fiona says:

      Set in Naples at the end of the Second World War, this novel transports you to a country ravaged by fighting, trying to rebuild against a background of corruption, theft and lies. It is easy to slip into the period as the descriptions are so well crafted and I found myself wanting to visit both the city and the island of Capri. At the centre of the novel is the widespread looting of priceless Italian art work, a world that our heroine, Catarina, is drawn into when her deceased father is accused [...]

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