Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books (April 19, 2016)
An epic love story featuring an Italian singer and a British dancer, set against the backdrop of war-torn England.
The first meeting between Antonio and Olivia at the Paradise Ballroom is brief, but electric.
Years later, on the dawn of World War II, when struggling Italian singer Antonio meets the wife of his wealthy new patron, he recognizes her instantly: it is Olivia, the captivating dance hostess he once encountered in the seedy Paradise Ballroom. Olivia fears Antonio will betray the secrets of her past, but little by little they are drawn together, outsiders in a glittering world to which they do not belong. At last, with conflict looming across Europe, the attraction between them becomes impossible to resist–but when Italy declares war on England, the impact threatens to separate them forever.
The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom is a story of forbidden love and family loyalties amid the most devastating war in human history.
Review: I was in need of a quick read when I picked up The Girl From The Paradise Ballroom and this was a good choice at the time. It is a wartime romance but the war isn't the focal point of the novel. To me that's not a problem. I've read so many war novels that I really didn't need any more war history tossed at me.
I loved the setting. I prefer my war novels set in England, but that's because I'm a huge anglophile. This is a book that I picked up and read in one day. I didn't want to put it down.
I loved Olivia and Antonio. There story is unique when you think about most novels set during the war. Its a story of two families and how the war effects them.
This was great read to get lost in for a summer afternoon.
Rating: 4 flowers