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Beneath a Scarlet Sky
Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark Sullivan
"Based on a true story, Pino Lella is forced to enlist as a German soldier and recruited to become the personal driver for Hitler's left hand in Italy. With the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret"--
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cherinium
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I was captivated by this fictionalized tale. While the author admits to embellishing the story, the thread of truth is there. I have seen a lot of comments and reviews that mention poor writing; but I have to admit, I didn't notice. Wondering if that has something to do with the fact that I listened to the #audiobook instead of reading a print copy. Regardless, I loved the glimpse into an Italian perspective on the second World War. Tissues needed

mmseiple The title makes me think of the book The Sky is Red by Giuseppe Berto - also set in WWII Italy, though it looks like the similarities end there. I wonder if there‘s a connection. 1mo
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Pino Lella's story deserves to be heard. The courage it took to guide Jewish people over the Alps to safety is amazing. The risk he took by spying for the Allies is terrifyingly brave. The suffering he endured was appalling, and he wasn't even in an OT camp. To have your best friend, your brother, and almost everyone else, think you're a Nazi traitor, and still have the faith to pick up your head and do what needs to be done is inspiring.

cherinium I'm listening the the audiobook. Boy, did it have me ugly crying on my way home from work on Saturday. This story has been so upsetting that I can only take small chunks at a time. It's unbelievable that all of those things happened to one person. What a courageous young man he was! 1mo
Wildly_Bookish I feel the ugly crying! It happened to me many times throughout this book. No person should have to go through these things. And then to hold it in for 60 years is unthinkable. 1mo
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Read this part and literally laughed out loud.

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Wildly_Bookish
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I'm really enjoying this so far. It's pulled me in to Pino Lella's life in less than 50 pages (out of over 500).

I've accidentally been stuck on historical fiction, specifically surrounding World War Two. I say accidentally because I didn't search these books specifically but I have read Winter Garden, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, A Gentleman In Moscow, and The Nightingale all within the last few months.

I haven't been disappointed yet.

TheSpineView I loved Beneath a Scarlet Sky! Have you read The Bronze Horseman yet? I highly recommend for WWII historical fiction lovers. 1mo
Wildly_Bookish I have not, but I'll have to check it out! Thank you! 1mo
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Wildly_Bookish
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How fun is this generator?! But for real, I need to stop adding to my TBR pile.

Find yours @ https://www.readitforward.com/tbr-time/

#wildly_bookish so I can see yours too! 💙💜💚

TheLibrarian Mine was 15 years and 5 months (both print and ebooks) but I keep adding to my TBR pile. 1mo
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Ssnyder
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This book had some slow parts. But you get attached to the characters and knowing they were real you want to know what happened to them. War is devastating, WW2 was especially difficult. Knowing what these people went through just breaks my heart but knowing they overcame so many obstacles makes me proud. Great read for sure.

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cherinium
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Wow! This book is INTENSE! Another story from WWII highlighting the heroism of every day people who could not sit by idly while heinous acts were being committed against the Jews. I don't know that I could be so brave. If this one isn't on your radar, it should be. #heros #heroism #WWII #italy #basedontrueevents #mountainclimbing #alps #escape #thekindnessofstrangers #loveoneanother

BilboBookends Sold 🙌🏻 2mo
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Wildly_Bookish
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My #library #bookhaul. Still have a couple books to get through before I can tackle these. I'm excited!

Tagged book is for my library book club next month.
-Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
-The Guest Book by Sarah Blake
-Caraval by Stephanie Garber

TheSpineView I loved Beneath a Scarlet Sky.💜📘 2mo
Wildly_Bookish That's great! 2mo
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TheSpineView
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Here are a few I would call #TrailofTears.

#AugustABC @Eggs

Eggs Oh heavens yes!!!!👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Margot0817
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Well, I guess I am now an undercover Nazi chauffeur 🤔💁‍♀️ What are you??

BellesGotGoodReads I guess a rich husbands wife 😂😅 2mo
Margot0817 @BellesGotGoodReads Hey, not bad! Lol 2mo
Eyelit I just read book two of Murderbot diaries: so I guess bodyguard/security consultant? 😂 2mo
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Margot0817 @Eyelit never heard of that, was it good?? 2mo
Eyelit I‘m really enjoying the series! 2mo
Susannah This is awesome! The last book I read was ‘Salem‘s Lot by Stephen King, so I‘m now a writer/vampire hunter. 🤣 2mo
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This was nearly a DNF for me. I had to force myself to finish it. True WWII hero stories are ALWAYS inspiring to me, so that wasn‘t the problem. The problem was the way in which the story was told. There were too many details at the wrong times which bogged down the flow of the story.

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Who else can relate?? 🙋‍♀️

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Margot loves to snuggle up and read with me. 💕

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shaynarae
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This story would‘ve played out better for me in the hands of another writer. The writing was pretty bad, and the fictionalized recounting of Pino‘s true story fell short of its potential. I also have to admit & accept that WWII novels don‘t seem to strike my fancy. I finished the book, but it took me such a long time to slog through it.

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Econaghan
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“...she didn‘t believe in the future, that she tried to live moment by moment, looking for a reason to be grateful, trying to create her own happiness and grace, and to use them as a means to a good life in the present and not a goal to be achieved some other day.”

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Excited for my first fitness challenge!

Book goal: 7

Fitness goal: run 8 miles per week

Looking forward to encouraging each other along the way!

crazyspine You got this! Is that the book you were telling me about or something different? 4mo
wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 4mo
Econaghan @crazyspine Same book! (It‘s very long.) Some parts are slow, but it‘s a fascinating story! 4mo
jmtrivera That's so many miles! I'm impressed! 4mo
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I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The story itself is engaging and you cant help but root for Pino and feel his joy and devastation during the Nazi occupancy of Milan in WWII. The writing style kept putting me off as it seemed childish at times and kept jumping mid sentance to another thought or paragraph. I almost quit in the early chapters. Glad I hung around as the story ends up being compelling.

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holarosarita
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Fucking Italian Forrest Gump

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holarosarita
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This guy is obsessed with how tall everyone is! (Should I keep track of everyone‘s height and use it to make on those logic puzzles? Anna is taller than Mimo but shorter than Pino...etc.)

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holarosarita
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Now for a book club book! (She of the bad back cover pun.)

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Imagine being 17 and having the lives of entire families in your hands. Pino Lella is a real life hero, who selflessly laid his life on the line again and again to guide Jews out of Nazi occupied Italy into Switzerland by treacherous mountain trails. And then was forced to serve & spend every day with the enemy, all for the sake of the greater good. This is the reason I love reading WWII stories, they shine a beacon of light in extreme darkness.

TheSpineView I loved this book! It is going to be a movie. Focus films has the rights. 4mo
xxjenadanxx @TheSpineView yay! I hope they do it justice. 4mo
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This is Pino Lella, 17 year old hero of this book.It is a story that was almost never told, and it is an amazing one! The author heard of the young man‘s exploits at a dinner party, and traveled to Italy to meet him. Pino led Jews across the Alps to safety during WWII. He then worked as a chauffeur/spy for a high ranking Nazi General in Italy. It is a page turner! Soon to be a movie. Great story, but alas not great writing. Still works for me. 🙂

erzascarletbookgasm Stacking! 5mo
TrishB I enjoyed it because the story was engrossing 👍🏻 5mo
DebReads4fun I loved this book! It is one of my favorites! 5mo
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BooknerdsLife Sounds like an interesting story! 5mo
DivineDiana @TrishB I felt the same! Just anticipating the Book Club critics. 😉 5mo
DivineDiana @erzascarletbookgasm Let me know what you think! 5mo
DivineDiana @BooknerdsLife It is! ❤️ 5mo
TheSpineView I loved this book! One of my favorites last year! 5mo
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WOW. I'm so in awe of this story. I was lost in it immediately and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. I finished it in 4 days. This is an absolute must read for any history and intrigue lover. I'll suggest this true story to any and everyone I possibly can. I finished it not 5 minutes ago and I'm still, nearly speechless.
READ THIS BOOK!

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#OldMeetsNewGiveaway @Cinfhen

1. Fantasy and Scifi
2. Tagged
3. Asheville NC
4. In Asheville during the summer it is my hammock. In the winter it is in front of the woodstove.

Cinfhen Your two genres are two I normally don‘t read😂 I‘ll have to check out the tagged book! Thanks for entering and sharing 💚 5mo
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Starting a new book for another #IRL Book Club!

DebReads4fun Such an excellent book! I loved it! 5mo
DivineDiana @DebReads4fun I am looking forward to it! 💗 5mo
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DonnaZ
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The beginning was slow. I almost stopped reading it a few times until I saw a review here that it gets better. I think the story needed to be told. It seems incredulous. I thought the writing was hard to follow when it came to the details. It definitely gives you a feeling of wartime during WW2 in northern Italy.

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The characters are my favourite part of this masterpiece! Pino is admirable, truly. A remarkable writing style, and I especially loved the switches between third person limited and third person objective. Really put into perspective the harsh reality of war torn worlds.

7.5/10

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‘He would pursue happiness above all, and he would do so con smania.‘

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‘Working a man to death is the same as shooting a man to death. Just a different choice of weapon.‘

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‘The best thing is to grieve for the people you loved and lost, and then welcome and love the new people life puts in front of you.‘

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“All great things come from love, don‘t they?”

“I guess they do. The worst things, too.”

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‘Isn‘t it strange how life is always taking you to places and to people you‘re supposed to see and meet?‘

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‘Someone very wise once told me that by opening our hearts, revealing our scars, we are made human and flawed and whole.‘

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‘Nothing in life worth doing is easy.‘

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‘If we lose love, all is lost.‘

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‘The small luxuries of life are how we survive what the mind can‘t fathom.‘

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‘The distance doesn‘t matter. Just think about your next step.‘

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2019 Book 16: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Absolutely beautiful and at times, heartbreaking story of WW2 Italy. Pino Lella might be one of my favorite characters, even though he‘s an actual person! The images of the atrocities of war blended with his love for Anna made for one of my best reads this year.

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World War II stories always intrigue me, and this is no different. This story takes place in Italy, which is different than any other novel I‘ve read, and is based on the true story of a young Italian man. It started out a little slow but has gotten to the point of being un-put-downable.

tammysue I really liked this book. So glad you‘re enjoying it! 💜 6mo
TheSpineView I loved this book. Excited for the movie. 6mo
FeastOfFiction @TheSpineView THEYRE MAKING A MOVIE?! 6mo
TheSpineView @FeastOfFiction Yes! Focus films has the rights. I heard that the guy who played Spider Man has been cast as Pino Lella. 6mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Based on a true story of Pino Lella- an Italian young man who rescued Refugees out during the height of WW2 and drives around the top general under Hitler. I don‘t believe everything as the author write this as historical fiction, so have to just go with it for what it is.

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Karkar
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Starting this one tonight for my family book club. It is my mom‘s pick. Zelda was not happy about me talking her picture. #schnauzersoflitsy

Stacypatrice A family book club 💖 I love it! How many of you are in it? 7mo
tracey38 Schnauzer face! Love those. 🐶💜 7mo
Karkar @Stacypatrice it is just my brother, my mom, and myself. We take turns picking the books. It really has been a fun thing to do! 7mo
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Karkar @tracey38 Zelda says thank you. 7mo
DebReads4fun I loved this book!!! 7mo
Stacypatrice @Karkar I love that idea! 7mo
Kdgordon88 I love this idea of a family book club! 7mo
TheSpineView I really loved the book! 7mo
Crazeedi Zelda is so sweet!🐶💖 6mo
Crazeedi A family book club is a great idea! I'm going to run the idea past my girls, there would be 4 of us, perfect! 6mo
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