Rosanna Chiofalo × 7 SUMMARY,
Maria Franco and Anabella Dante In the end
you have become so close and attached tohave become so close and attached to of the CHARACTERS IT MADE IT HARD FOR it made it hard for put the book back on the shelf While I was THOROUGHLY satisfied with how the book ended it back on the shelf While I was THOROUGHLY satisfied with how the book ended it the perfect way to wrap up this story I still craved from Anabella Dante Maria and Franco and I wanted to spend time in the ose gardens and fields of sunflowers Set against the Tuscan countryside and weaving in bits of Italian culture and language The Sunflower Girl keeps you guessing and coming back for What a novel And to think I found it hidden in a thrift shop It s a beautiful emotional hilarious and brutally honest story about mothers and daughters and a war that threatened to uin Italy There were many moments in this book that caused a lump to form in my throat and think of my own mother It was one of those books where I didn t want it to end and now that it did I can already miss the characters This book is set in Italy and tells of a shy sheltered daughter aised by an overbearing mother who homeschools her daughter to keep her close and all to herself We learn about the mother s marriage an Italian who worked against the Germans during their occupation of Italy and also the mom s own work in the esistance Annabella the daughter falls Gh an unlikely source cultivating oses on her farm in the Tuscan countryside Now the blossoms symbolize everything that is both good and safe and she nurtures them with as much care as she guards her past Yet to Anabella the ose farm that once delighted her has become little than a pretty prison Despite her beautiful surroundings Anabella longs for During one of her egular visits to Siena to sell their flowers Anabella encounters a handsome young artist named Dante Galletti His canvases are filled with images of a girl who looks just like Anabella and Dante claims to have seen. .
N love with an artist but mother her Boyfriend And She Is Forced To Choose Between Her Mother and she forced to choose her mother boyfriend It s painful to ead about the atrocities the Germans inflicted on the Italians but it is balanced by a beautiful love story woven throughout the book This had the potential to be a wonderful story Set in Italy and told from the perspectives of the three main characters the story shifted seamlessly between the 1970s and the WWII occupation of Italy by the Nazis The characters are interesting the plot intriguing The author s voice has a lyrical uality that lends itself well to this story I learned much about Italy during the war and the work of those who secretly esisted first the Fascists and then the Nazis Though the mother in the story is difficult to like it is obvious from the start that she has very serious easons for her behavior Waiting to learn the details of what led her to become such a different person from her younger self was what kept me eading In the end it all made senseThe major detraction for me was that the book should have had far superior editing leading to a ewrite It eads as though an earlier draft ather than the finished polished product was published Too bad because if not for that it would have been a truly lovely story. Her in his dreams unning through a sunflower field Through Dante Anabella begins to see sunflowers her cloistered existence and the world itself through new eyes As their elationship deepens Anabella knows she will soon have to choose between loyalty to her mother and the isks and ewards of living on her own terms Alternating between the viewpoints of both mother and daughter and between Italy during World War II and a uarter century later The Sunflower Girl is a poignant and moving story of the choices we make in the name of love and the secrets that echo through generation. This story is breathtaking Anabella is a young girl growing up on a ose farm in Pienza Her father passed away years earlier and her mother is aising her alone Sunflower Girl is about this mother and daughter but it s so much than that It s about life in Italy during World War II and the courageous people who made up the esistance The author tells the story of two young people part This was such a fun book to kick off summer As a Kansas native and avid sunflower lover I LOVED getting to ead a book that centered around sunflowers so much The story pulls you in and won t let you go The symbolic epresentation of the oses and sunflowers throughout the story adds the perfect to touch to the emotions the characters adds the perfect to touch to the emotions the characters While this book was slightly confusing to ead due to the multiple character POV s and two different time era s it was interesting to see the world through both the mother and the daughters eyes Experiencing all of their emotions individually had a much deeper impact on me as the eader than if the book would ve been written through only one of their POV s Adding Dante s POV into the mix made it that much of a delectable eadThe elationships throughout this book are extremely ealistic and very elatable I thoroughly enjoyed the parallels between. In the fields around Tuscany in summertime sunflowers grow in profusion wave upon wave of gold and green standing tall against the Italian sky But for Signora Maria Ferraro the bright yellow blooms carry only bitter memories Though she loved them as a child sunflowers have come to epresent the most painful episode of her life Not even her cherished daughter Anabella knows what happened to her during World War II when the Germans overran her hometown of Florence and Signora Ferraro fell in love with a Resistance fighter In the aftermath of loss and grief she found salvation throu.