Monday, February 5, 2024

Saving Madonna by Kate Bristow #AwardWinning #HistoricalFiction #RecommendedReads

Saving Madonna

by Kate Bristow

Is a painting worth dying for?

Inspired by real events, an unforgettable story of love, courage and sacrifice to save a country’s heritage.

Italy 1943. As the Allies bomb Milan, Elena Marchetti reluctantly gives up her coveted job as an art curator in the city to return to her family farm near Urbino. She takes up a new role assisting Pasquale Rotondi, the Superintendent of Arts in the region, in protecting works of art from all over Italy that have been hidden in the relative safety of the countryside.

At a family celebration, Elena reunites with Luca, a close childhood friend. A shattering event instigated by the occupying Germans deepens their relationship, and they start planning a life together.

When rumors surface that Italy’s art is being stolen by the German occupiers, Pasquale hatches an audacious plan to rescue the priceless paintings in his possession. Elena and Luca are forced to make an impossible decision: will they embark on a dangerous mission to save Italy’s cultural heritage?


"Bristow’s recreation of the political tinderbox Italy had become during the war is meticulous - her research is impeccably rigorous."
~ Kirkus Reviews

"...marvellous from beginning to end."
~ Mary Anne Yarde, The Coffee Pot Book Club

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