Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Letter from Italy” as Want to Read:
A Letter from Italy
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Letter from Italy

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Inspired by the life of the world's first woman war correspondent, Australia's Louise Mack, the most sweeping love story yet by Pamela Hart

1917, Italy. Australian journalist Rebecca Quinn is an unconventional woman. At the height of World War I, she has given up the safety of her Sydney home for the bloody battlefields of Europe, following her journalist husband to th
Kindle Edition, 333 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Hachette Australia
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Letter from Italy, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Letter from Italy

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.99  · 
Rating details
 ·  147 ratings  ·  44 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of A Letter from Italy
When Australian journalist Rebecca Quinn’s husband Jack announced he was leaving – in an hour no less – to sail with the smugglers while chasing a good story, she was shocked. She had arrived in Italy with Jack as a war correspondent, supplying letters to newspapers in Britain and Australia – she certainly hadn’t expected to be left alone in a city where she knew no one and hardly spoke the language. But Rebecca was a strong and independent young woman – she wasn’t prepared to head back to Austr ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
4.5 stars
Pamela Hart is a force to be reckoned with the Australian historical fiction genre. After devouring her previous two titles, The Soldier’s Wife and The War Bride, it is no wonder that A Letter from Italy captured my heart. Hart’s latest novel is another fine Australian fiction title combining war, love and personal aspirations.

A Letter from Italy is inspired by the life of real life figure, Louise Mack
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a moving story, a story of courage and strength the story of an Australian female journalist who arrives in Italy during World War 1 with her journalist husband and takes on the men and makes a mark in the world for herself and for females it shows how love can grow to such strength during times of intrigue and espionage of rations and hurt and heartbreak.

When journalist Rebecca Quinn is left alone in an Italian village while her husband is off chasing a story she now sees he
Dale Harcombe
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Australian journalist Rebecca Quinn is in Italy with her husband Jack, when he suddenly departs to chase a story about Albanian smugglers. Left alone in a place where she only knows a smattering of the language, Rebecca decides there is no way she can’t send stories back to Australia and England as she has been doing with Jack. But being a woman is not easy, given the expectations of a woman’s role in Italy in 1917. Not easy either when women are not allowed in the press conferences. Undeterred, ...more
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Letter From Italy is the third novel from Australian historical fiction author, Pamela Hart. I have enjoyed Hart's previous novels and this one was no exception as it is set in one of my favourite periods, the Great War, and my favourite destination, Italy. Beginning in 1917, readers follow the protagonist, Aussie Rebecca Quinn, as she embarks on the journey of a lifetime in Brindisi, Italy. The character of Rebecca is based on Louise Mack, an Australian who was the first female war correspond ...more
A Letter From Italy is set in Italy during World War 1. Rebecca an Australian, has arrived with her husband Jack Quinn to report the war to an English and Australian newspaper. It is still a time when women news correspondents were really not in existence or not accepted. Rebecca comes from a family where women's rights were strong, her mother an active suffragette. The Italian attitude to women comes as both a bit of a shock and a challenge to Rebecca.

Rebecca is a strong woman, with
Kate Forsyth
A passionate and poignant love story set on the beautiful Italian coast by the bestselling author of The Soldier's Wife and The War Bride. Pamela Hart has been making a name for herself by writing vivid, compelling and gorgeously romantic historical fiction novels about the lives of Australian women during the First World War. Her first two – The Soldier’s Wife and The War Bride – were set in Sydney during and just after the war years. Her latest, however, is set in Italy, and was inspired by th ...more
Sam Still Reading
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Australian historical fiction
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: love Pamela Hart's books
Just when I thought I couldn’t love Pamela Hart’s books any more, A Letter from Italy arrives. With every book, the stories and emotion become more enjoyable, bringing to life a section of history forgotten about. In A Letter from Italy, Pamela Hart is inspired by the first woman war correspondent, Louise Mack, and weaves a story that is passionate, action packed and fascinating down to the last detail.

Australian Rebecca Quinn has always wanted to move away from the boredom of the wo
Lou Grimm
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: given-to-me
Hart has such a way with words! It’s not so much that she makes me visualize something I’ve never seen (which she does brilliantly), it’s more like I’m blind and she’s reminding me what vision used to be like.

Picture this, for example: you’re in Italy, staying alone in a quaint pensione in a small village by the seaside, and someone tells you:-
An old man stood in the doorway, with bushy eyebrows and a long white beard that caught the light like spiderwebs caught dew. Sandro itched to photo/>
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ok, word of warning: do not expect to get anything done while reading this book. Trust me, once you open this book, the real world slips away and nothing is more important than returning to Rebecca Quinn's story. If you do ignore my warning (and please, I strongly recommend that you do!) you're in for an absolute treat.

It must be noted that A Letter from Italy is inspired by the world's first female war correspondent, Australia's Louise Mack whose life-story is certainly worth perusi
Every now and then there comes a novel that is so utterly irresistible that you instantly devour it in one sitting. A narrative where the characters capture your heart immediately and whisk you a way within a heartbeat of opening the book. One where time passes you by without you knowing it. Where the content challenges the way you think and opens your eyes to a whole new world of understanding. Where you are left feeling blissfully content at the end of the book, and yet the characters and the ...more
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing

‘What was a girl from Sydney doing standing on a barbed-wired beach in Italy in the darkness of night with a Venetian smuggler and a photographer from New York?’

I was ecstatic when I received this book to review and now having turned the last page, my sigh is a contented one. Having read Pamela Hart books before, my expectations were high and she did not let me down. A Letter from Italy is historical fiction at its best.

Inspired by the world's first woman w
Lizzy Chandler
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this story of an Australian journalist in Italy in WWI who teams up with an American-born photographer of Italian descent to fight her way through a male-dominated environment to become one of the world's first female war correspondents. Based on the story of Louise Mack. Hart has captured the setting, mood, excitement and danger of the time with skill.
gemsbooknook  Geramie Kate Barker
Inspired by the life of the world's first female war correspondent, Australian Louise Mack.

Australian journalist Rebecca Quinn has left her life in Sydney behind to join her journalist husband on the front lines of the war. As an educated woman and a daughter of a suffragette, Rebecca is all too familiar with men's opinions of how women should behave. With a supportive husband and family, 1917 Italy and its treatment of her still comes as a bit of a shock. Desperate to prove herself,
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Letter from Italy by Pamela Hart portrays the life of journalist and war correspondent, Rebecca Quinn during World War I.

Rebecca follows her journalist husband, Jack to the frontline reporting on the horrors of the Italian campaign.

Rebecca is a strong, resilient woman of her own mind and very independent. Her mind is set on writing stories and becoming the best journalist and war correspondent she can possibly be.

There is no-stopping her on being successful
Theresa Smith
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Letter from Italy was a lovely novel. It tells the story of a young female journalist, Rebecca, who is based in a small village serving as a naval base in Italy during WWI and her struggles to be taken seriously in a male dominated profession. Further issues of feminism are explored through the context of her daily life and conversations, giving the reader much food for thought in terms of just how much of a struggle it was for women on so many levels to live an equal life a hundred years ago. ...more
Jennifer Bibby
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd probably give this 3.5 stars - it didn't totally blow me away but I did enjoy it - especially being set in WW1 Italy. An enjoyable adventure romance.
Lauren Chater
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Gorgeous imagery, impeccable research and a strong heroine. All my faves. Plus Italy. What more could you want?
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
ARC received from Hachette Australia for an honest review

A Letter From Italy was the perfect way for me to pop my Pamela Hart cherry!

This book was inspired by the first female war correspondent, and what a story it is.

It is a sweeping, beautiful, emotional story that does wonderful justice for a part of history that for the most part has been swept under the carpet (I am not ashamed to admit that I did not know of Louise Mack and what she did).

Rebecca's story is one that I am sure could be told hundreds of times over - the loving a
Read3r’z Re-Vu
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautiful heartbreaking story about the heroes of the war, the men and women who supported behind the scenes and the brave who reported it.
During a time when women’s rights were still a foreign concept in Italy Rebecca Quinn faced it all and all without her husband (who left her with little to no notice to go off chasing a story). I felt for her and cringed while she faced judgement from the men who still believed that women should just go tend their houses, my heart cried out for Sandro
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Italy, 1917, Australian journalist Rebecca Quinn is an unconventional woman.

At the height of World War I, she has given up the safety of her Sydney home for the bloody battlefields of Europe, following her husband, Jack Quinn, to the frontline as a war correspondent.

Requiring the horrors of the Italian campaign, Rebecca finds herself thrown together with American born Italian photographer Alessandro Panucci, and soon discovers another battleground every bit as dangerous and un
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable historical romance set in Italy in the latter stages of WWI. The main character, Rebecca Quinn, is based on Australia’s Louise Mack, the world’s first female war correspondent. Rebecca travels to Italy to work with her war correspondent husband but is left to fare on her own when he sets off with smugglers on the trail of a hot story. Often thwarted in her determination to continue doing her job by the bias of traditional Italian men, she strikes up a friendship with an Ame ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A gritty story about married Australian journalist Rebecca Quinn in Italy, 1917, struggling to file war reports while battling blatant sexism, age old ‘tradition’ and abhorrent misogyny, even as her journalist husband Jack is off chasing other juicy stories. She eventually teams up with an American-Italian photographer, Alessandro Panucci, and they risk everything as they report back their ground-breaking news. Quite an incredible story. I felt the ending a little rushed, but it was still An End ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
It didn't take me three weeks to read this book - it's just that some of my favourite authors had books come out in the middle of my reading and they won my attention.
This was a pleasant read. There was no burn to keep going back, but when I did I found the characters in the same place.
The time in history was interesting, the village in Italy was a nice insight and the ringside view of women finding their place among men during war - that's always interesting to read about.
An e
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Rebecca Quinn has left Australia to travel with her journalist husband to first world War Italy. When he disappears on his own adventure she us left to file her own stories.

I really wanted to love this story, but it all felt a bit flat for me. I didn't really like the main charactersite, nor could I picture the Italian scenery as I would have liked. Such a shame as it had all the elements of a good story, but I never quite believed it.
Renée Dahlia
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent historical fiction read, and I really enjoyed it until the end.

I've marked it down to 4 stars because while there is no actual cheating in this book, the heroine is married for the majority of it - so emotional cheating with the hero - and then I felt the ending was rushed. Just as I was ready for the big HEA, it leaped forward into an epilogue and wrapped it up way too fast.
I suspect I would have enjoyed this more if I had read the book, rather than listen to the audiobook.

Unfortunately the library platform for the audio does not allow for change of speed and while the narrator was excellent, I found listening to this one at 'normal' speed quite tedious.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read this while I was on holidays and really enjoyed it! Will definitely be looking to reading more from this author.
Rowena Sierant
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well researched and captured Italy in WW2 brilliantly. The tension is good as is the plot. I enjoyed Pamela’s main character POV.
Becky Peters
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
Disappointing. Too long then ending was rushed. Nothing new. A two is generous.
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club
  • The French Photographer
  • Her Mother's Secret
  • Saving You
  • The Kookaburra Creek Cafe
  • Talk Of The Town
  • The Peacock Summer
  • Birthright
  • Into the Night (Gemma Woodstock, #2)
  • The Girl from Munich (The Girl from Munich #1)
  • The Model Wife
  • Girl In Between
  • Suitcase of Dreams (The Girl from Munich #2)
  • The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker
  • Child's Play
  • The Lily and the Rose (Miss Lily's Lovely Ladies, #2)
  • The Wife and the Widow
  • The Tea Gardens
See similar books…
Pamela is an award-winning author of historical fiction. A Letter from Italy is her 33th book.

Writing under the name Pamela Freeman, she wrote the historical novel THE BLACK DRESS, which won the NSW Premier's History Prize for 2006 and is now in its third edition. Pamela is also well known for her fantasy novels for adults, published by Orbit worldwide, the CASTINGS TRILOGY and her Aurealis Award winning novel