The Garden of Angels

David Hewson. Severn, $29.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-7278-5011-9
At the start of this multigenerational coming-of-age tale from Hewson (the Nic Costa series), Paolo Uccello, the dying patriarch of the House of Uccello, renowned Italian fabric weavers, has a story to tell his 15-year-old grandson, Nico, of his youth in Nazi-occupied Venice. Flashback to 1943. Paolo, then 18 and the newly orphaned owner of the failing family business, agrees to shelter 21-year-old Giovanni “Vanni” and 23-year-old Micaela “Mika” Artom, Jewish brother and sister partisans on the run from the Gestapo. Paolo in return asks for their help to finish weaving a commission for an important client arriving for a large gathering of Nazi VIPs. When Mika learns the client is Salvator Bruno, the infamous “Jew hunter” responsible for her own parents’ deaths, she makes contact with local Resistance fighters and joins their mission to attack the celebration. Paulo finds himself emotionally and physically drawn to Vanni and will go to extraordinary lengths to protect him. A late-page revelation, meanwhile, will have readers gasping in surprise, and Hewson expertly balances tense action and thoughtful emotion. Fans of character-driven WWII thrillers will want to check this out. Agent: Helen Heller, Helen Heller Agency. (Apr.)
Reviewed on : 01/22/2021
Release date: 04/01/2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Paperback - 978-1-78029-756-9
Hardcover - 978-1-78029-195-6
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