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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Farewell, My Loves

Let me just start out by saying you are going to need a big box of tissues with this book! I’m not a crier but I cried at the ending of this story. And when you factor in that this is based on a true story it makes it that much sadder. The story starts out in a small town in Italy where Gio and Gia’s families have been friends for centuries so when Gia is born Gio is immediately fascinated with this beautiful baby girl and the families begin thinking how wonderful it would be if they grew up to get married. The two children weren’t exactly pushed together but it wasn’t frowned upon either when they wanted to spend every waking moment together. Gio tells everyone that one day he will marry Gia and Gia thinks that Gio hung the moon. Gio’s father goes to prison when Gio is very young because of some sly business dealings and when he is let out he decides to move his family to New York to start over. Gio and Gia are devastated but Gio vows that he will do everything he can to get back to Gia as soon as he can. Years pass before the two see each other again but Gia remains faithful to the promise she made to Gio to wait for him. Gio finally returns and marries Gia and takes her back to New York with him. He has become very wealthy and can give her everything she ever wanted. Being young and naïve she doesn’t question where the money comes from until one night she walks in on Gio beating up a man who owes him money. She realizes then that Gio and his family are part of the Italian Mafia in New York. She begins to resent Gio and while he still treats her well he becomes very controlling towards her. Gia begins to become more and more withdrawn until she meets a girl her own age at her English classes at the library. The two become instant friends and just when Gia thinks everything will be okay she meets her friend’s brother Michael. Gia has always known she loved Gio but she has never felt anything like the attraction she feels for Michael. It is truly love at first sight and Michael begins to feel the same. Will Gia be abel to remain true to Gio now that she knows what he truly is? Will she be able to stay away from Michael even though it seems that fate has brought them together? Will Gio put the mafia before his family with Gia? This is such a tragic story of love and loss it will stick with you long after you finish the book. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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