Mar 25, 2015

The Night Falling by Katherine Webb - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

 Puglia, 1921. Leandro Cardetta, born into poverty, emigrated to America to make his fortune and has returned home to southern Italy a rich man, accompanied by his glamorous wife, Marcie, an ex-showgirl fighting middle age. Now Leandro has money enough to hire renowned English architect, Boyd Kinsgley, to renovate a crumbling palazzo into an Art Deco statement of wealth, and host Boyd's teenage son and his diffident young second wife, Clare, for one extraordinary summer.

Under the burning sky, beyond the luxury of Leandro's home, tensions are high. Veterans of the Great War are desperate for work and food. Among these is Ettore, Leandro's nephew. Gripped by grief at the loss of his fiancé, Ettore has sworn to identify Livia's killer, and take his revenge. He is too proud to go to his uncle for charity, but when he injures himself one day, he has no choice but to knock on Leandro's door. Meeting Clare there will change everything - and in the most violent way.

During the fierce summer of 1921, all these lives converge. Exactly how did Leandro grow rich in America, and what is the strange hold he has over Boyd? What happened to the first Mrs Kingsley, and what secret haunts the outwardly exuberant Marcie Cardetta? Hearts will be broken, blood will be spilt and the hardest of life's lessons will be learnt as shadows fall.

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It's 1921, a few years after the Great War. Clare Kingsley isn't happy when she and Pip have to join her husband, Boyd, in Italy. Clare is Boyd's second wife and Pip isn't officially her son, but their bond is very strong. Boyd is an architect and he is in Gioia in Puglia to design a building for Leandro Cardetta. Leandro is a rich and dangerous businessman who has made his fortune in America. Together with his wife Marcie he's returned to his homeland.

Even though Leandro's home is luxurious Clare isn't happy at all that she and Pip are in Gioia. There's so much tension between the rich and the poor. There are so many men who are looking for low paid jobs where they have to slave away in poor conditions just to put some food on the table. They're always hungry and when there's no work they don't have anything to eat. Leandro's nephew Ettore is one of these workmen. After an accident he has to stay with Leandro, but he doesn't want to have anything to do with his uncle and doesn't want his money. At home there are people who need to eat, so he reluctantly agrees to work for Leandro for a while. He's grieving because his beautiful fiancé was murdered and he wants to avenge her death. Meeting Clare changes him, but unfortunately she has no power to get him out of the situation he's in.

There's something going on between Leandro and Boyd. Clare wants to know how Leandro became such a rich man and why he's chosen Boyd to design his building. There are too many secrets and she sure about one thing, she and Pip aren't safe. They can't return to England, so they're forced to live with Leandro and Marcie for the entire summer. It's going to be a summer that will change everyone forever.

The Night Falling is a beautiful story about impossible love, war, secrets and the differences between rich and poor. It's a long story that requires some time and peace and quiet to read. I never wanted it to end and I fell in love with this book immediately. The setting is perfect, I could picture the isolated Italian countryside where there's nothing to do very well. Clare often goes for a walk, because she wants to escape the oppressive atmosphere at home. It was amazing to see her grow and to watch her bravery. Ettore is such a wonderful man, but he's stuck in a life that's hard and difficult. So many of the people he loved have died and it never stops. Clare is from another world and even though she doesn't know this hard life she understands him very well. 

I can't express enough how much I enjoyed reading this book. The writing's beautiful and every sentence is right. So much is happening and the author has managed to make me feel the tension, the atmosphere is oppressive and it's inevitable that something really bad is going to happen. The finale's really good and unexpected, I liked it a lot. I highly recommend this book, it's one of the best stories I've ever read.

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I received this book from the publisher and am very happy they've given me a chance to read it. One of my readers will receive an amazing prize. 


 The winner of this giveaway will receive The Night Falling and Katherine Webb's gorgeous backlist, so five beautiful paperbacks in total.

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27 comments:

  1. That is not an easy question at all. How far can we go without making us break our own self respect and love for ourselves.I love my family. But these couple of years I have realised that I don't have to do everything that they expect me to do. It is okay for me make my own decisions.
    With friends, It is important to know how important that person is in your life. I am willing to do a lot of things for my friends but there are a couple of questions I ask myself again and again ' Is our friendship one way?' ' Am i the only one willing to go the extra mile for the friendship?'

    There are a lot of aspects and scenarios the question (How far would you go for love?) can relate to.

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  2. I really am not sure how to ask that question. I was in love once but not anymore. So when I am ready to let someone back into my life again, not sure how far I would go.

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  3. No, I don't think I believe in love at first sight.

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  4. I believe God led me to my husband and I have learned what true love is over the years. It is not the giddy, first-love but enduring hardships together and still staying married where deep love grows. I'm blessed with 31 years and looking forward to many more (Lord willing).

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  5. I believe it soul mate but not love at first sight. I live too much on the brain side that I would not go so far for love.

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  6. I love the concept of love and soul mates, but I don't know wht i'd do for love as I've nvr really experienced it

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  7. Wow your review is great. It sounds fantastic.
    I would do anything for my children and husband. I admit it was not live at first site for us as we have known each other a long time b

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  8. I didn't since I met my husband. It was definitely love at first sight.

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  9. I haven't experienced love at first sight, but I do believe in it.

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  10. i have no idea at how far i would go for love as i havebn't found my soulamte but i do believe we all have a special someone we need to find

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  11. How far would I go for love?
    Umm.. I have been in love once & I do remember that I did everything I could to make that person happy because that's all I wanted to see.
    I won't harm anyone but I would sacrifice myself..

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  12. well yes i do ! or i did
    i've fallen in love so hard once but it only broke my heart so i don't know if i still believe in it anymore

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  13. I don't believe in love at first sight because there is a more apt word for such and that is "attraction".

    I believe in soul mates but I think they don't have to necessarily be linked romantically.

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  14. I don't believe in soulmates, I think there are many people for everyone & it's more about finding someone you love who is ready for things (marriage/kids etc) at the same time as you. Lust at first sight however...that is real!

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  16. Far would you go for love? / Do you believe in love at first sight and / or soul mates?

    For true love let everything. For the love of kindred spirits who believe (as well as love at first sight) all worth it, other than to hurt others deliberately.

    For love abdicate this one I love most, if your heart was not mine.

    Because this kind of love is that which makes us forget all the evil around us, is where we feel at home and comfortable regardless of where we are.

    For this love I open all my soul and deliver all my heart.

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  17. I do believe in soulmates and some sort of affinity at first sight (don't know if I'd call it love though, to me love demands a deeper relationship). :)

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  18. I do believe in soul mates and I will do anything for my loved ones.

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  19. I do believe in soul mates because sometimes you look to someone and you feel that there's nothing else, everything stops , it'samazing. Love at first sight? I think that we feel something different when we see the person for the first time, even if we don't recognize and later we realize that we fall in love in the first second :)

    For love I would everything since it does not hurt others :

    Kiss from Portugal

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  20. My husband and I grew up next door to each other but lost touch over the years after moving. We re-met totally at random on a blind date. Was it love at first sight, I'm not sure I'd call it that...but it was a heck of a powerful connection. As for what I'd do for the love of my life, absolutely anything.

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  21. move to another country if true love

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  22. I do believe in love but I lost some hope in it due to some real life experiences from others but I know I could go great lengths for it <3

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  23. I do believe, as I and my husband are the best example of love at first sight :) we are 10 years together, 6 years married already and it WAS love at first sight. And I did go far for love - over 1000 kms :) xx

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  24. I believe that there can be chemistry. Love does take a bit.

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  25. I believe in all of that. soul mates, love at first site, etc.

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  26. Yes, I believe in love at first sight and that everyone has a soul mate out there (hopefully I'll meet mine soon )

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  27. I do belive in love at first sight :)

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