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4.29  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  87 reviews
#1 bestselling author Lisa Scottoline offers a sweeping and shattering epic of historical fiction fueled by shocking true events, the tale of a love triangle that unfolds in the heart of the creeping shadow of fascism.

What war destroys, only love can heal.

Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up as the best of friends despite their differences. Elisabetta is a feist
Hardcover, 480 pages
Expected publication: March 23rd 2021 by Putnam
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Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I devoured Eternal in much the same way and for many of the same reasons that I savored The English Patient, Atonement, or Corelli’s Mandolin: Lisa Scottoline has written a beautiful, heartbreaking, wrenching love story set in the Second World War. It’s alive with characters I cared about deeply — including the remarkable city of Rome, itself — and their courage in the face of Fascism.
Kerrin P
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eternal by Lisa Scottoline is a World War II historical fiction novel that takes place in Rome, the Eternal City. The prologue of the story starts in 1957 when the character Elisabetta decides it is time to tell her thirteen-year-old son who his father really was. She must also explain why she hid the truth from him until he was old enough. Elisabetta knows she must come to grips with the incidents that shaped her youth during the ventennio, which was the twenty years of Mussolini’s rule, and du ...more
Martha Kelly
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Just when I was yearning for a trip to Italy in the middle of the pandemic, craving pasta and piazzas, along comes Lisa Scottoline's Eternal. If you've seen Lisa's wonderful FaceBook Live events, or been lucky enough to see her at an in-person book event, she's a brimming with Italian energy, wit and humour and it all comes through in her books. Eternal is about three young people caught up in WWII in Italy, a setting somewhat rare in that period of historical fiction, and she brings it alive so ...more
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I first heard that my favorite legal thriller author was taking a step into the historical fiction field, I was conflicted- excited to hear a new story from a voice I admire and love; nervous that I would be missing something of her in this book. Excited won out and I stalked Edelweiss, the pre order sites and others to get a glimpse of this book. What was delivered was one of the BEST novels I have read. While changed in genre, Scottoline’s strong feminine voice rang true and her story tel ...more
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to read this book as I absolutely adore anything by this author. This book was a little bit different than her other books.

The story is set in Italy at the very beginning of World war II. The main characters are Elisabetta, Marco and Sandro, who are like the 3 musketeers in high school. Unfortunately the world is about to be changed for each of them in the midst of fascism and anti-Semitism.

There are so many lessons to be learned about bravery, friendship and loyalty.

Thanks so m
Donna Hines
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
"What war destroys, only love can heal."
Truth be told this is not the norm by Lisa Scottoline and I'm pleased she ventured out to write this new historical fiction piece with so much tender emotion and appeal to her readers.
It gives many of us struggling hope that there's light at the end of this darkness we now reside in and I for one am grateful to have received this early ARC copy.
I've also been one of the most vocal reviewers of Lisa as her work can be hit or miss with me and unlike others I
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC of this book by a friend in the publishing industry. My daughter loves Scottoline's law series, so I was excited to read this one.

I really enjoyed reading this! Once again, I got to learn about a facet of World War 2 that I heard very little about in school. Italy and the Fascists were just a small paragraph in all of our history books, but this story lends humanity to the horrors that country endured. The three main narrators all have different but intriguing voices. I loved
Sue Fernandez
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
Thank you to Edelweiss for a DARC of this title in exchange for my honest review.
I have read many WWII novels, and a dear friend was a survivor, so I'm very selective. Eternal was a different take (Italy's involvement and Jewish citizens) on this period. The three best friends, coming into adulthood, are determining the paths their lives will take, who they will love and respect of their families. The characters were so well done, I felt they were my friends, which made the twists and turns mor
Sherri Thacker
I was so excited to see a new book by Lisa Scottoline but this book was not for me. It was a much different genre than the one she normally writes and I could not get into it at all. It’s more of a historical fiction about World War II Italy. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Elisabetta, Sandro and Marco have been friends since childhood as have their families. However, Mussolini and his fascist followers tear the country apart and families apart as well. The story really begins in 1937 in Rome, Italy. Ms. Scottoline has researched the time period and her descriptions of the city put the reader there. I don't want to give away the story and there are surprises, but the characters are sympathetic and as a reader and history student, I worried about their fate. Also, I ...more
Vickie Raynor
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very powerful! I love historical fiction that incorporates real historical facts. Although the main were fictional, the facts around them, and many of the people, were real. When you connect with the characters of a book, you feel you’re a part of the story. This is what happened to me while this. I was transformed into the past during the atrocities that Mussolini and Hitler instilled on the Jews. It gave up close up view that no history book could ever do. I was emotionally riveted. A must rea ...more
Penny Cook
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Even though it as not what I expected from Lisa Scottoline it was a great story. Two best friends (one is Jewish) are in love with same woman.. She also loves both of them. The boys are not in a battle over her but respect each other and want whatever is best for her. The story is about the families of these three young people and what they endure during the war and holocaust. It is a bittersweet story that gives your heart a putt for these families and the choices they make.

Omnia vincit amor
Love conquers all things.

It was an honor and privilege to be approved to read the famous bestselling Author, Lisa Scottoline's labor of love called, "Eternal." I am grateful to Penguin Groups Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons for providing me with my ARC of this breathtaking historical novel about the Italian Holocaust and Mussolini's twenty year rise and fall of Fascism. This epic historical novel written by Lisa Scottoline started out as an idea du
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Marco and Elizabetta and Sandro have grown up in Rome and, day by day, they see their world changing. The boys both love Betta, first as friends, then close friends, then looking to the future. "Italy is a country of passion and emotion, as gloriously turbulent as the human heart. Italian hearts fight and love with equal intensity."

Marco 's family owns and operates the Bar GiroSport, a popular watering hole.

Elizabetta works in her family's Italian restaurant, waitresing and learning about food
Leslie M.
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
I've read many of Scottoline's other books, and I've enjoyed them. I like historical fiction, particularly WWII-era books. So, I was excited to read this one. However, it was a bit of a struggle for me.

I haven't read many in this genre that focus on life in Italy during Mussolini's time, so I appreciated that aspect of the story. The Italian verbiage and detailed descriptions added to the realism of the storyline. I generally enjoy multiple-POV stories, as I feel it gives me a greater glimpse i
Laura Mcewen-miller
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
so grateful to have received an arc of the newest book by one of my favorite authors .I used to read mostly historical fiction but had gotten away from the genre ,this book has renewed my interest. The story had many things about WWII in Italy that I never knew presented in a story of love and friendship that never ends between three friends ..
Darlene Quinn
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was thrilled to receive this advanced reader's copy of Eternal. While far from Lisa's usual legal thrillers, it has all of the elements that made her one of my favorite authors and I learned a bit more about the Italian history in an entertaining manor. As always, Scottoline has believable characters I could relate to and a moving storyline that kept me turning pages. Although the political agenda was a bit strong, I loved looking into history in Scottoline's usual style, with short chapters a ...more
Sharon Layburn
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!
Best known for her legal thrillers, Lisa Scottoline's first foray into historical fiction is unmissable!
Set in Italy in the 1930s, three best friends come of age during Mussolini's reign, the rise of anti-Semitism, facism, and the invasion of the Nazis.
Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro enjoyed an idyllic childhood, and as they got older, the worst they had to deal with was a love triangle- until their beloved Italy begins to alter in disturbing ways. As their community devolves, the three
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. I learned about Italy before and during World War II. It is different from Lisa Scottoline's books but an interesting story.
Three friend who attend school together, Sondro, Marco and Elisabetta. The guys are both in love with Elisabetta, Sondro's parents forbid the relationship because she is not Jewish, Marco is involved with the the politics of Italy. Elisabetta has a decision to make. Which man is for her, and how to help Sondro and his family
Jo Dervan
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eternal review
This historical fiction begins in 1937 with 3 young teens in Rome. Marco was best friends with Elisabetta, and Sandro. They lived in Rome at a time when Mussolini and his Fascist party had come to power. Marco left high school to work for the Fascist party while Sandro, a math genius, left high school to take courses at La Sapienza university. Elisabetta also left school to support her family after her mother left her and her alcoholic dad. Both boys were in love with Elisabetta an
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
A story of three friends who grew up with each other from the time they were babies. Elisabetta, Sandro and Marco. They are now in their last years of school. Both the boys have come to find that their friendship with Elisabetta has turned to actual romantic love. Just when they are getting ready to start their last year of school new laws are put out the block Sandro from attending school because he is a Jew. Marco and his family are fascists and Marco is working at the main office and decides ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a very different sort of Lisa Scottoline work. I've read many of her thrillers and was thrilled to have this opportunity to read and offer my review. Thank you NetGalley!

In a WWII Italian locale, spanning several years and featuring two families, Eternal was a sound piece of historical work from LS, easily accessible to the average reader. You don't have to be an expert on the time, setting or locale to get a good feel for what the Italian Jews and partisans suffered prior to and during
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from PENGUIN GROUP Putnam - G.P. Putnam's Sons in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I cried the whole time I read this book. How it began with three friends fighting over the love of the same girl and their whole different lifestyles of an athlete, math whiz and the beauty of the neighborhood all coming together until their lives have crumbled. The loved ones captured by Mussolini captures families
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Set in Italy during WWII at the height of Mussolini's rule. Close friends, Sandro, Marco, and Elisabetta find themselves at odds with each other when Sandro and Marco both declare their love for Elisabetta. The divide between friends increases as Italy enters the war on the side of Germany. Marco is climbing the ladder of the Fascist government, while Sandro and his Jewish family become enemies of Italy. Elisabetta's life is falling apart around her, and admitting to loving one of her friends ov ...more
Crystal Toller
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Italy during World War II

I signed up to receive an advance copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway and won an ebook. This author is one of my favorite authors and I was really looking forward to reading this book. Because of work it took me two days to read this book. This book grabbed me and kept me enthralled from page one. It is the story of three people during World War II in Italy. It is historical fiction and I learned some history reading this book. The characters in the book are so
Pam Joslin
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book dropped me into the life of three friends living in Italy before, during, and after Nazi occupation. I felt like I got to know these people, their families as well as git a peek at their enemies. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

But another part of me continues to be disturbed every time I read a book of this Era, fiction or non-fiction. You wonder how people can be so blind, so trusting, and some so awful.

Enjoy the book. I know I did.
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this ebook through Goodreads first reads.

What an amazing story! The characters are very well developed and their story hooks you from the very beginning. Historical novels from this period are usually very difficult for me to read but this story while still very emotional for me to read, felt more focused on the character’s stories which made it worth it for me personally. I’ll be recommending this one to many people!
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book

Such a heartfelt story full of emotion. I enjoyed every page of this book. Definitely recommend and would read again.
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eternal, a novel of Italian Roman World War II

I love to read historical fiction, particularly tales of survival under the harshest conditions during the holocaust. Survivors of that experience continue to inform us to this day about the atrocities of Hitler and Italy’s Race Laws. This novel shows the intersection of three families in Rome during pre-war and wartime Italy. Two families were Roman Catholic and one Jewish. Despite Mussolini’s Race Laws the families and the young of these three fam
Sandy Eichelberger
The famous mystery writer has turned her talents toward historical fiction. Eternal is set in Italy during Mussolini’s leadership. Three best friends have grown up as a trio. Marco has grown into a dashing, charming young man while Sandro is the mathematical genius and Elizabetta, the hard-working, cute girl that both boys have set their sights on. She is torn because she genuinely loves them both and can’t decide whom she will give her heart to. But the country is facing difficult times and
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Lisa Scottoline is The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 30 novels, including her #1 bestselling, AFTER ANNA. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit” which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, h ...more

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