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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  14 reviews
From wartime Italy to the American West, Jonathan Hull takes readers on a heartrending passage through the lives of three families torn by history and bound by an unshakeable - and at times forbidden - devotion.

Ryan Brooks never forgot the powerful hands that pulled him from the wreckage of his parents' station wagon that summer in 1960 when he was ten and his childhood ca
Kindle Edition, 315 pages
Published August 12th 2012 by Dancing Muse Press
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Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To me, Jonathan Hull's, The Devoted, is a literary masterpiece that deserves to be discovered by the general public. Centered around a pieced together family that has more than its share of secrets, The Devoted pulls you in until you are fully submerged into the novel. I can not give this charming piece of fiction enough praise, it really has it all: romance, heartache, mystery, suspense, and many historical elements. Once I picked up The Devoted I was not able to put it down until I finished it ...more
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Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Oh man, do I love stories about family secrets. They are just so much fun to read! The Devoted definitely was no exception. Spanning several decades, this story is really about love and loss. There is both a more present day story as well as two historical stories. The stories of Ryan's (the main characters parents) are told through love letters, which I thought was a really interesting tactic as this is the only way that we really get to know his parents. The other historical story i ...more
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I have to admit there are only a few fiction books that make it to my ‘keeper’ shelf. Books that, no matter how many years pass, I won’t part with them, promising myself that one day I’ll re-read them and get lost in their pages once again. The Devoted is one such book. In fact, it was such an enjoyable read that it will stand out as one of my favorites of 2012.

Mr. Hull pulled me into the story from page one and kept me turning the pa
Carol Schomas
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a BEAUTIFUL book, beautifully written. After reading this story, I could not start another book right away. There is so much left to ponder and savor and so many characters to miss and even to grieve for. I finished reading this book reluctantly as I was so drawn in by the richness of the characters and the depth of their stories. Jonathan Hull really knows how to plumb the depths of human emotions. While absorbed in this story, I found myself beginning to understand how and why some peo ...more
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a beautifully written love story. You are drawn in from the very beginning and hate to put the book down until you reach the very end. It is descriptive enough to make you feel as if you are there with the characters but not too much so as to take away from the story. There is love, heartbreak and tragedy without the sappiness that some love stories contain. It even has a little twist in the end. I absolutely loved this book and will definitely have to read his others.
Robert Palmer
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story movers around ,from 1960 to 1990 and all the way back to the war in Italy in the 1940s. In 1960 10 year old Ryan Brooks is on vacation with his parents in Wyoming , in an auto wreckage that kills his family Ryan is pulled out and saved by Mike O' Donnell. 30 years later Mike is dying of Cancer and Ryan returns to Wyoming to vist the man who saved his life. He meets Mikes wife,Alessandra,and his daughter Shannon.the story moves back in time to the German occupation of Italy and Alessan ...more
Like most other readers here, my admiration for Losing Julia led me to pick up another Jonathan Hull novel. I really like the idea of a kid being rescued and then seeking his rescuer when he's grown. And I really enjoyed the protagonist's relationship with the teenage kid.

But, I'm not a big fan of stories that revolve around people keeping secrets their whole lives, only to reveal them on their deathbed, or after death, and finally the whole truth comes out and it changes everything. The end. I
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
I thought this was a good book but not a great book. The plot was excellent and held some interesting twists and turns. I would like to have been drawn into the characters' lives a little more but no one was a naturally happy person so I couldn't connect. I do recommend this book on the merits of the story.
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am a big Jonathan Hull fan and was very excited when I saw that he was finally putting out another book. Although this wasn't my favorite Jonathan Hull book, it still very good. His talent in sharing a story is his ability to get the readers to fall in love with the characters, which I did with Alessandra and Johann.
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
History, unrequited love and endless twists and turns. I laughed, cried and fell in love.
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars
This book is extremely well written. The intertwining stories are lovely and inspiring. I would definitely recommend this book.
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great love story with war intertwined in it
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I place this among the best books I have ever read.
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I checked this out just hoping for a quick read romance. It's not that. It's thoughtful,a very surprising story... I learned a lot about the people in Italy during WWII.
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Jonathan Hull is the bestselling author of Losing Julia and The Distance from Normandy. His latest novel, The Devoted, has just been released as of August 2012.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Hull spent ten years as a correspondent at TIME, including three as the Jerusalem Bureau Chief. His reporting has ranged from the Gulf War and the Palestinian uprising to presidential
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