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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes a family's deepest silences hide the most important secrets. For Mina, a London-based travel writer, the enigmatic silence surrounding her aunt Carmela has become a personal obsession. Carmela disappeared from her Italian hometown long ago and is mentioned only in fragments and whispers. Mina has resisted prying, respectful of her family's Sardinian reserve. But now, with her mother battling cancer, it's time to learn the truth.

In 1952, Simius is a busy Sardinian town surrounded by fertile farms and orchards. Carmela Chirigoni, a farmer's daughter and talented seamstress, is engaged to Franco, son of the area's wealthiest family. Everyone agrees it's a good match. But Carmela's growing doubts about Franco's possessiveness are magnified when she meets Captain Joe Kavanagh. Joe, an American officer stationed at a local army base, is charismatic, intelligent, and married. Hired as his interpreter, Carmela resolves to ignore her feelings, knowing that any future together must bring upheaval and heartache to both families.

As Mina follows the threads of Carmela's life to uncover her fate, she will discover a past still deeply alive in the present, revealing a story of hope, sacrifice, and extraordinary love.

©2017 Sara Alexander (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Excellent!!!

This book was a wonderful story of a forever love. Wonderful descriptions of Sardinia it’s people and customs. Sara Alexander writes with passion and knowledge and narrates with true understanding. The book had a very unpredictable ending.

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The ending!!

I ordered this book bc I loved Sara Alexander’s book 40 thousand steps to the sea so much. That is my all time favorite Audible book of all time so far. The author narrating the beautiful stories is amazing. Under a sardinian sky was not as good, but still worth a credit to me. The story has a slow uphill start, but I decided to stick with it counting on the author/narrator. So glad I did. I hope Sara Alexander does more books.

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The author’s voice catapults the reader to the sight, smells and even the tastes of this magical tale!

I found the words of this story combined with the author’s talented voice, held such descriptive abilities that I felt as though I was in the same room!! The food and scenery so richly described that you could almost smell and taste it. The raw emotions of love and loss so palpable that it brought me to tears.
The story takes its sweet time to develop and requires a bit of patience but well worth the wait. Like Mina, the reader is invited on the journey and longing for answers.
I would recommend this book to readers in search of adventure in far away places and the promise of love.

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A must

Well written and performed beautifully. what I highly recommend as a must read. Thank you, Sara!

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A romance

I read this because I like 420 steps to the Sea, and this was also a good romance. I got goosebumps at the end of the book, and I appreciate the narrator's skill. I wonder if Sardinans are like these characters.

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Beautiful

What a lovely story, I truly didn’t want it to end. I would recommend this book to anyone!

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An enjoyable journey to Sardinia

I just love Sara's voice and narration. I could just listen to her all day, which I do, and not even care about the story! But I also love the stories! her books are a feast of words, transporting me to a place where I just want to sit and drink with the locals!

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Loved this.

Brilliant. Alexander is a wordsmith and her performance is sensational. Love her work. This is the second one I’ve listened to of hers and I’m a huge fan.

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Wow what an amazing story!

You know it’s a good book when you can’t stop listening. It usually takes me at least a week or two to finish a story but this was two days. And how talented is this Sara Alexander who not only writes this amazing story but also performs it as well?! Unbelievable! I highly recommend this one!

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Imagery is beautiful but storyline is bland and the narrator’s southern accent is awful.

The story seems to simply hover in place. I had a hard time sticking with it. The narrator’s southern accent was very distracting and made the romantic lead sound like Gomer Pile. I was frustrated that more research had not been done. There are numerous dialects in the South and it feels like no thought was put into which dialect would be suitable for a learned man.

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