GENRE: Fiction - Historical
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review Copy as a part of Italy Book Tours. Thanks guys!
Having this insatiable appetite for books based in Italy, I picked this book too. The Old Italian culture is simply a romantic notion for me.
The Inheritance is the story of two women – Anna and Caterina. The story opens with Caterina being born under Anna’s presence. Sadly Caterina’s mother, who is Anna’s most trusted servant, dies during the child birth. In spite of being from an elite family, Anna is determined to take care of Caterina against her husband’s wish. Eventually Caterina grows up, so does Anna’s sons. What follows is a story of star crossed lovers.
When the story began, I was in awe with Anna’s character. She was so strong and independent. Sadly as the story progressed, that trait was simply lost. Anna tolerated the pathetic treatment that her older sons and husband meted out. She never stood up or acted against their barbaric actions. While one part of the story involving Santo (Anna’s husband) was all cold and evil, the other part of the story, with Caterina and her dad, the cook Bruno and Anna’s youngest son, Lorenzo was all warm and colorful. The contrast was a bit too stark for my taste. The writing obviously was a bit too stiff and there were too many characters without any proper impact. To my complete surprise, the book ended on a cliff hanger. It was like the writer decided to slam the break on car that was progressing with a steady speed (particularly towards the end)
MY SAY: One time read. Worth totally because of the climax
BOREDOM QUOTIENT : 4/10 (Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 6/10
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