Review: Echoes of War by Tania Blanchard
Although I have enjoyed some of Tania Blanchard's work in the past, I did not enjoy this one anywhere near as much as I had hoped to. I found it difficult to connect with the heroine and many of the situations felt cliched and without giving away any spoilers, melodramatic. That said, I appreciated the historical aspects of this novel, and the glimpse of what life was like in Italy during the Second World War, something that we don't always see or hear of very often in Australia, in spite of the influx of people from Italy to migrated here after the war. (It was, I suppose, a terrible thing that many of the generation who lived though it wanted to forget.) The story also touches on the heartbreak that comes with moving to a new country, and having to say good-bye to family members, and handles it realistically, which redeems some of the earlier melodrama.
Overall, this wasn't a perfect read for me, or perhaps just not the right book at the right time, but that would not put me off reading more of Blanchard's work in the future.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for my copy of Echoes of War.
This book counts toward my reading goal for the Aussie Author Reading Challenge 2021