In The Golden Hour, author Margaret Wurtele weaves a love story confounded by war, social injustice, and history. The book begins with Giovanna Bellini and the spring, her city of Tuscany freshly invaded by the Germans. Her brother, amidst familial strife, runs away from the requiring German army and joins the resistance. Meanwhile, Nazi’s have taken over both Giovanna’s home and workplace and are turning her comfortable world upside down.
When her brother returns, in secret, to ask for help hiding a wounded Jewish comrade, Giovanna is forced to grow up quickly and find aid for this hurt friend. While nursing him back to health in hiding, Giovanna falls deeply in love with her charge and faces the biggest decision of her life.
Wurtele has written a lovely masterpiece. I was there with Giovanna, on the edge of my seat, wishing her well and urging her on. I understood the glamor and history of old Tuscany, the value that the Bellini’s were trying to protect and the pain they went through when the German’s took everything from them. And I felt the pain of first love, bitter and sweet, and prayed for a happy ending.
This book gives you a little of everything – romance, adventure, mystery, suspense, history. Pick it up and enjoy a sunny afternoon with an excellent book.