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A sweeping and romantic novel about love, loss, and conflict in an occupied Italian town during World War II.
Trapped in Tuscany as war rages along the Gothic Line, Vittoria Guidi doesn't understand where her allegiances should lie. With her Scots-Italian father or Facsist mother? With Mussolini, or her King? With the life she wants, or is told to live?
As Germans occupy the mountains round Barga, and US Buffalo soldiers draw near, loyalties are tested and families torn apart. Frank Chapel, a young, black soldier fighting for a country that refuses him the vote, is unlike anyone Vita has met. In the chaos, they find each other--but can their growing love defy prejudice and war?
The Sound of the Hours is an all-consuming tale of romance and loss. It is at once an intimate and tender portrait of first love and a sweeping evocation of an extraordinary, devastating moment in history.
About the Author
Karen Campbell is a graduate of Glasgow University's renowned Creative Writing Masters, and author ofThe Twilight Time, After the Fire, Shadowplay, Proof of Life and, most recently, This Is Where I Am, which was a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime. A former police officer, and council PR, Karen Campbell won the Best New Scottish Writer Award in 2009. She lives in Galloway, Scotland.
“[Campbell] is a vivid, distinctive writer who creates characters and stories we really care about . . . Gratifyingly, Campbell avoids easy answers, showing us that the pieces of most unions, personal and political, rarely fit neatly together, that true feeling comes into them unexpectedly, beyond the parts of our lives we think we can control.” —New York Times Book Review on RISE
“An engaging writer introduces herself with this fresh, intelligent entertainment, full of satisfying moving parts.” —Kirkus Reviews on RISE
“Campbell has admirably constructed the novel's plot . . . The historical details are informative . . . there are evocative descriptions . . . Highly recommended.” —The Historical Novel Society
“I loved it. A great, original character and the plot fairly whizzes along.” —Kate Atkinson on The Twilight Time