Well, this book, let me tell you, it was elegant and well written and long. 470 pages to be exact. Not that that’s a bad thing. In fact, I wanted it to be a longer when I finally finished. Let me set this up for you guys…
The tale starts high in the mountains, in the alluring city of Vilminore in 1905. We meet a beautiful young widow named Caterina Lazzari, and her two young sons, Ciro and Eduardo. Their father has been killed in a mining accident overseas in the US, and unfortunately the tragedy is too much for young Caterina to handle, so she sends her boys to live with the Nuns at the convent of San Nicola. The story now follows Ciro and Eduardo and their lives at the convent, and we get to know them and their personalities, as well as a young mountain girl named Enza, living not two far from the convent, who catches young Ciro's eye.
Part two of this book takes us through the grit and the glamour of New York City, just before world war one. We get to see the struggles of immigrant life, as Ciro arrives on the scene as a very young man to become apprentice to a shoemaker. As fate would have it, Enza also arrives in New York with her father, hoping to earn money to send back to the family in Italy to build their own house. Enza and Ciro’s story lines stay separate except for occasional chance meetings. We see them struggle to succeed in this new country, and we witness their climb to success as well as the horrors of world war one. Life is not easy for them, but they both have ample passion and drive to get them through, and it is inspiring watching them flourish.
PART THREE: Minnesota
Our hero and Heroine next take us to mining country, all the way out in Minnesota, life becomes colder, more wholesome, and unbelievably challenging in this last section. Want to know more? I HIGHLY recommend reading the book :).