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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  58 reviews
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Published November 16th 2020
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Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Daniela Sacerdoti is one of my favourite authors and I was delighted to receive a copy of her new book The Lost Village.
Luce Nardini has always wondered about her mothers family in Italy. Her mother never talks about them and won’t answer any questions.
Looking for clues online Luce finds she has a cousin Matilde and travels to Italy to meet her and connect with the grandmother she has never met.
This visit has far reaching consequences for her family and uncovers secrets and lies from the past.
Alayne Emmett
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this sweet story which centres around Italy after the Second World War. The descriptions in this book made me actually feel the hot sun and taste the wonderful food. This was set in 1946 and present day and I found it an easy book to read. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Make sure to have no distractions because this one will keep you glued to the pages all the way. Let's visit Italy!

Fast paced from the start, The Lost Village takes the reader to glorious Bosconero in the hills just outside Rome.
Empty nester Luce travels to her ancestral home in search of her roots. The sights, smells and people draw me right in and put a huge smile on my face. What a feelgood start!

But soon disaster strikes and the book seems to speed up even more. Holding my breath through ch
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I know if you take a look back through my blog archives you could be left thinking that I have no other aspirations other than to go back to France and to read all the books set in France, all of the time. Whilst that could be true, I am more of an equal opportunity reader and so I am happy to read books with other settings. And so it was that I jumped at the chance to read this book, set in a small Italian village. I am really glad that I did.

Luce Nardini (pronounced Lu-chay) is suffering from
Sydney Long
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
All of her life Luce Nardini was kept in the dark about her mother’s family. She grew up not knowing who her grandparents were, who her uncle was or the fact that she had a cousin. Her mother kept telling her, some things are best left in the past. But...Luce couldn’t let it go. She wanted to know her family and as her son has become a young man and shes separated from her is a great time to set out on a quest to find her family. She knows her mother is from a small village in Ital ...more
I am excited to be taking part in the #BooksOnTour #BlogTour for Daniela Sacerdoti's wonderfully emotional tale THE LOST VILLAGE.

What drew me to this novel was the historical aspect that held a kind of mystery from the past as a key to the present. However, the historical story featured only very minimally and I was a little disappointed that it wasn't the main story as alluded to by the tagline "an emotional World War II historical romance set in Italy" and promised by the opening premise. It i
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I was totally captivated by this WWII historical time-slip novel. This is my first introduction to the work of Daniela Sacerdoti and after reading The Lost Village I know for a fact I'll be on the lookout for more of her stories.

This is a story that will transport you back to a time of bliss and beauty in the idyllic Italian countryside, to a time before the world became shattered in conflict. Then Italy enters troubled times and life for all becomes difficult and people become wary of each othe
The Lost Village is a very moving historical fiction story of a woman's search to find her family.  Luce's mom wouldn't never talk about her Italian family so Luce travels to Italy to reconnect with them after finding a cousin on Facebook. In her journey we hear another story when two young women both gave birth to two baby girls on the same night and the struggles they went through to protect their babies. Luce also uncovers dark family secrets that destroyed her family and is the reason her ma ...more
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is wow, to the twists and turns I never expected in this novel. Luce is an American with an Italian born mother, estranged from her family in Italy. Luce was in contact with a cousin, Mathilde, and decides to go to their village of Boscanero to find out what happened to keep her mother away. Once she meets her grandmother, the back story intertwines with the present, with Luce experiencing a horrific earthquake. I loved the character of Luce, the setting in Italy, and the WWII back ...more
Sandra McKenna
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So many secrets and lies!

Luce wants to know about her mother's past in Italy; however, Angelina refuses to discuss it.
Determined to discover the truth, Luce tracks down a cousin in Italy, flies over to meet her, and hopefully learn more about her family.
There are so many secrets and lies revealed, as well as a major disaster to face.
Wow, what an incredible story; it is so well written, and I found it hard to put down.
Nicola Short
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a nostalgic tale!
A historical WWll fiction, told in alternating time periods from past to present. Talk about a family having secrets!
The Lost Village certainly takes you on a intriguing journey! There was so much to take in and remember within the story, I did have a bit of a time keeping it all straight in my head. I thought the second half of the book was my favorite. But, with that said, I did enjoy the writing style of the author.
Many thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and author, Daniel
Emma Crowley
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it

The second book this year from Daniela Sacerdoti takes us once again back to Italy and boy does she have a way a wonderful way of writing about this beautiful country. The Lost Village moves effortlessly between the past and the modern day, perhaps the modern aspect is more dominant, with a story full of twists and tales, anguish, heartbreak, hope and love. I really enjoyed this story as it wasn’t too taxing but had just the right amount of detail and mystery to keep you rapidly turning the page
Srivalli Rekha
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
3.9 Stars

“An emotional World War Two historical romance set in Italy”- this is the tagline of the book.
The story deals with Luce (pronounced Lu- Chay), a 43-year-old woman, who goes to Bosconero, a small village in Italy, to trace her roots. With her mother refusing to answer her questions, her 19-year-old son away at Photography School. Separated from her husband for three years, Luce is determined to know why her mother has erased her past.
She meets Matilde on the internet and flies to Italy
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
It seems so judge books by there covers, like a lot. I was captured by this cover in particular because it seemed like a place that holds tons of history and there must be so many stories to be shared! I’d love to visit a village like the one pictured here!

Rarely does a book I read begin with a transatlantic flight to Italy. I have no idea what any transatlantic flight might be like as I’ve never been to Europe, however I imagine it would be similar to a flight from Chicago O’Hare to Honolulu wi
Hayley Sykes
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Lost Village by Daniela Sacerdoti has been one of the biggest roller coaster of emotions books I can remember reading! This novel takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster that spans the full spectrum of possible emotions from sadness, joy, and heartbreak to betrayal and anger. It was a wild ride and a joy to read!

Luce, is the narrator of our story. She is in her forties and is experiencing empty nest syndrome. Her son Eli has recently gone to college and she and her husband, Ethan, ha
Nov 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-review, 3-stars
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Gaye Teather
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having read and loved Daniela Sacerdoti's Seal Island books I couldn't wait to get started on this. The setting was quite different but I loved the descriptions of the beautiful area of Italy where this story takes place. It was so perfectly worded that the sights, smells and feel of the place totally transported me to Bosconero. The female protagonist, Luce, travels from her home in the USA to this little village to meet with the family that she has never met. Her mother, living back in America ...more
Debjani Ghosh
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it

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The Lost Village by Daniela Sacerdoti is a gripping, smoothly flowing story.

It has flavors of mystery, romance, and self-discovery. However, it is the mystery that dominates. Luce’s mother, Angelina, has cut off all ties with her family in Italy and has settled in America. What happened in the past that forced Angelina to take such a step?

As if finding these answers was not compelling enough, a tragic event and its repercussions in the middle of the book made it even more difficult for me
Namrata Ganti
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Lost Village by Daniela Sacerdoti is a brilliant tale of love, loss, betrayal and the effect of secrets. Set in today's world, we meet Luce Nardini who travels to Italy to find out more about her mother's side of the family. Her mother refused to talk about her family and hints at secrets buried deep.

The author weaves a classic tale that is unputdownlable and gripping until the very end. Modern day is interspersed with the narration of times past. Luce's grandmother talks of her life during
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Lost Village by Daniela Sacerdoti was a World Ward II novel, which took place in the current day, through retelling. Luce has had it with her mother refusing to tell her who her father was and anything about her family. All she knew was that she had grown up with only her mother and that she had come from Italy. She sent her mother off for the day and rifled through her apartment, where by sheer luck she discovered a photo with the name, Bosconero, on the back. She quickly got on the Interne ...more
Shirley McAllister
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lost Roots

A story about a family set in two time periods. Luce Nardini has never known her father. Her mother refuses to talk about the past. After Luce's son Eli is in college, she is separated from her husband, and at loose ends she searches for her family in Italy against the wishes of her mother. Finding a cousin Matilda and learning her grandmother and an uncle are still alive she books a trip to Italy.

When Luce arrives in Italy and meets her cousin and her grandmother she feels like she ha
Barbara Schultz
Luce Nardini has always been curious about her mother’s family who live in Italy. Her mother always said “some things are best if left in the past”.

Luce is now an “empty-nester” her son is a young man and she is separated from her husband so believe this m=just might be a good time to find her family. She finds a cousin so travels to Italy to meet her grandmother whom she has never met.
She travels to the beautiful village of Bosconero in the hills outside of Rome.
Her cousin reveals that there is
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Sacerdoti’s heartwarming story, The Lost Village, to be published November 16, 2020, will transport you to a little Italian hilltop village ravaged by a terrible disaster. This master storyteller focuses on what happens when we keep secrets to protect the ones we love.

Luce Nardini, a 43-year-old New Yorker separated from her husband, embarks on a quest to find answers. Luce grew up without knowing her father nor her grandparents. Since her only son has left for university and her mother refuses
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
🌄Top-notch storytelling: the secrets of the past split open like the earth under Bosconero😮

The Lost Village hit me hard, especially the earth-shattering tragedy that struck the innocent citizens of the small Umbrian hilltown of Bosconero in the contemporary part of the story. I found the multiplot, past and present, riveting and did not want to put the book down. Author Daniela Sacerdoti is a dab hand at these family sagas as I learned when I picked up her previous novel The Italian Villa. Her d
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley, the publishing house and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary advance reader copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion.

This book was not at all what I expected, it was even better! I have read a previous work of this author and loved the Italian setting, when I saw her name again I was instantly interested in this book. I lost myself in this book was so good, I was expecting your typical dual timeline historical romance and it
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Luce Nardini travels to Italy to discover the truth about her mother's family who she has had no contact with until she used social media to find her cousin. Mathilde is thrilled to reunite the family and Luce is excited to finally meet her grandmother. Her uncle Carlo is determined to shut her out but then the power of nature also tries to destroy the happy reunion...
The Lost Village is a family drama with historical secrets at its heart. Luce's grandmother Clelia reveals the truth over the cou
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Lost Village: A heartbreaking World War 2 historical novel by Daniela Sacerdoti. This book is captivating. You can’t put the book down because you have only a limited amount of time to read before the world intrudes. You are right there with the villagers in the middle of an earthquake. So many dead and dying. Nothing you can do. Do you go home to the States where it is safe or stay with the lovely people she met on her visit to the village. This was the question Luce has to answer.
Luce Nar
Kerry Robinson
I’m not sure what exactly it is but it just flows wonderfully, and I became completely lost within the pages of the story. Her story telling is compelling and addictive and completely immersive.
So we visit Italy in the present and in 1945 – many differences but some things don’t change. The description of Bosconero is stunning and so much like the Italy of my dreams – beyond the tourist places and where local life thrives. The description of the setting is just breath-taking, and the community
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Luce Nardini is in a transitional period of her life. Her only child has left for college and she is feeling extremely lost and lonely. Luce has always wondered about her family in Italy and why her mother cut all ties when she left as a young girl. Against her mother’s wishes Luce reaches out to a cousin living in a small village in Bosconero and the girls are equally excited to meet. Luce is extremely nervous to meet her extended family because she has no idea why they haven’t spoken to her mo ...more
Raeesa Saint
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
The Lost Village follows Luce as she travels to Italy in search of her estranged family. Once there, she discovers many family secrets while dealing with a tragedy.

I expected much more of this book to take place during the historical period. In fact, most of the book took place in modern day, with a few flashbacks. It was a solid three-star read, until the end.

There was a plot twist at the end that was just so bizarre and unbelievable that I could not rate this book higher than two stars. Also,
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Daniela Sacerdoti is a mother and a writer. Born in Naples, but brought up in a small village in the Italian Alps, she lives near Glasgow with her husband and sons. She steals time to write when everyone has gone to bed, or before they wake up. She’s a Primary teacher, but she chose to be at home with her children. She loves being with her boys, reading anything she can get her hands on and chatti ...more

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“Bosconero’s homes were hundreds of years old. Nothing like this has happened here before, nothing so powerful as to wipe out the place. You know, there are laws, in Italy, on how houses should be built or strengthened in highly seismic areas. They’re often ignored. As you can see.’ ‘It can’t be!’ ‘This is Italy, Luce. Things are never straightforward, here. And it’s the common people who pay the price, as always. There will be an investigation on why the tower fell, for example, after having been refurbished according to the law. Too late for those who were under it.’ I had no answer to that. I proceeded to translate the whole thing to Ethan, who was as shocked as me. ‘Also, if there were tremors just before… why was there no alarm given?’ Ethan asked. ‘Maybe it was all too quick,’ I replied in English, but I also translated the question for Massimo. ‘Another Italian mystery,’ Massimo replied cryptically.” 0 likes
“The stereotype of Italians said that they were chaotic; the hospital in Bastia said otherwise. There was still a sense of sorrow all around, but greater calm. The reception was staffed again. I asked them if I could see Matilde, and because I was a blood relation I was allowed to do so, with a nurse by my side. The day before I’d been able to walk into the ICU by myself, but only a few hours later the normal protocols had been reinstated. Almost normal, because I still had to zigzag between the beds set up in corridors, to get to Matilde.” 0 likes
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