The Villa Triste
Soon Isabella and Caterina will test their wits and deepest beliefs as never before. As the winter grinds on, they will be forced to make the most important decisions of...more
The story opens in 1943 Florence. Two sisters: Caterina and Isabella. Their lives – along with all of Italy – are about to be turned upside down. As Italy backs out of the war and severs its alliance with Germany, most of the country immediately becomes occupied by the Nazis. Isabella and their brother Enrico join The Resistance, and soon Caterina has no choi...more
Caterina en Isabella Cammaccio zijn zussen. Ze wonen met hun ouders in Florence. Caterina werkt als leerlin...more
However, in the 21st century a man is murdered: a man who has recently received a medal for...more
I liked this book a lot, especially the parts recounting the partisan story during the Second World War. Ms Grindle evoked the spirit of times, the oppressive fear and Cati's claustrophic world beautifully. Cati is a good narrator, an ordinary woman for...more
No other historical fiction novel has grabbed my attention like that of Lucretia Grindle's "Villa Triste." Grindle expertly intertwines contemporary mystery with historical fiction set in a location that many novels about World War II do not touch on as heavily. Set in Italy during the Nazi occupation, readers are told the gripping story of two sisters, one on the brink of marriage and both quickly forced to make decisions impacting the present day murder investigation of a local partisan hero....more
What I liked. The the two sisters fighting with the partisans against Nazi's and Fascists, albeit each in their own way, made for interesting reading. The characters had different personalities, and each fought in ways that were consistent with their outlook. Each experienced...more
Eerlijk is eerlijk, het koste mij moeite om in het boek te komen. De Italiaanse namen en woorden haalde ik in het begin door elkaar.
Pas wanneer de dapperheid van Caterina voelbaar wordt, wint Grindle mijn hart. Caterina is voor mij...more
Really well written, this book has believable and human characters, a moving account of how 'ordinary people do extraordinary things', an elegant investigator and very skilful interplay between the past and the present... sad, beautiful, complex and exciting -...more
Their story of heroism is revealed when to men are murdered sixty years later and found with a single bullet to the back of the head and their mouth stuffed with salt. Chief of Police, Piolitti must put together a mystery that ha taken over sixty years to unfold. A great...more
Het verhaal speelt zich afwisselend af in het Florence van 1943-1945 en het najaar van 2006, waardoor de invloed van het verleden op het heden
Zomer 1943. De fascisten van Mussolini zijn verdreven, het wachten is op de geallieerden. Denkt men. Want m...more
In het Florence van 2006 wordt een oude man dood gevonden in zijn appartement. Deze man was een verzetsheld, ee...more
I read this after seeing in a review suggesting it would appeal to C J Sansom fans and I was not disappointed .
It is beautifully written without being indulgent, sensitive without being overly sentimental and gripping but not gratuitous .
I enjoyed learning more about Italy in WW2 and the brave partisans, in particular the strong female characters who were realistic flawed heroes.
It was the kind of book I didn't want to put down , that kept me guessing all the Ahwaz through . I did guess the en...more
Villa Triste is a fascinating and beautifully written book. It has two parallel stories. Set in Florence, one story is about the partisans during WW11 who helped escaped Allied POWs and Jews out of Italy. This story centers around two sisters who join this group. The second story is set in current times and involves the murder investigation of two partisan fighters.
The story ran smoothly and even though I suspected the ending it did not...more
Isabella Cammaccio joins the resistance and helps Allied soldiers and Jews escape to safety. Soon she enlists the help of her sister, Caterina, who is a nurse. They impound an ambulance, they forge papers, they dress the "wounds" of their "patients", and are able to get through the German checkpoint.
Now, Lucretia Grindle...more