Once Night Falls




      Once Night Falls
A harrowing historical novel of the extraordinary acts of ordinary people in Nazi occupied Italy Italy, 1943 Luca Benedetto has joined the partisans in their fight against the German troops ravaging the shores of his town on Lake Como While risking his life to free his country, Luca is also struggling to protect Sarah, his Jewish lover who s hiding in a mountain cabin As the violent Nazi occupation intensifies, Luca and Sarah fear for than their own lives.In the heart of their village, their mothers have also found themselves vulnerable to the encroaching Nazis But Luca s mother, undeterred, is devising her own revenge on the occupiers With Mussolini deposed and Allied armies fighting their way up the peninsula, the fate of Italy hangs in the balance, and the people of Lake Como must decide how much they re prepared to sacrifice for family, friends, and the country they love.The most trying of times will create the most unexpected heroes and incredible acts of courage in this stirring narrative as seen through the eyes of those devastated by war torn Italy. Read Once Night Falls Author Roland Merullo – bluevapours.co.uk

ROLAND MERULLO is an awarding winning author of 24 books including 17 works of fiction Breakfast with Buddha, a nominee for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, now in its 20th printing The Talk Funny Girl, a 2012 ALEX Award Winner and named a Must Read by the Massachusetts Library Association and the Massachusetts Center for the Book Vatican Waltz named one of the Best Books of 2013 by Publishers Weekly Lunch with Buddha selected as one of the Best Books of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews Revere Beach Boulevard named one of the Top 100 Essential Books of New England by the Boston Globe A Little Love Story chosen as one of Ten Wonderful Romance Novels by Good Housekeeping, Revere Beach Elegy winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction, and Once Night Falls, selected as a First Read byEditors A former writer in residence at North Shore Community College and Miami Dade Colleges, and professor of Creative Writing at Bennington, Amherst and Lesley Colleges, Merullo has been a guest speaker at many literary events and venues and a faculty member at MFA programs and several writers conferences His essays have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, Outside Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Newsweek, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Magazine, Reader s Digest, Good Housekeeping, and the Chronicle of Higher Education Merullo s books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, German, Chinese, Turkish, Bulgarian, Croatian, Slovenian, and Czech.

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  • 359 pages
  • Once Night Falls
  • Roland Merullo
  • 04 November 2018

10 thoughts on “ Once Night Falls

  1. Paige says:

    Why did pain exist Why did evil exist Why had God allowed men like Hitler and Mussolini to come to powerBeginning with the reprisal killings at Piazzale Loreto, the story goes through Italy s political and militaristic transitions during Mussolini s dethronement by the king starting with Mussolini s banishment hiding at La Maddalena It has graphic moments and incorporates a fair amount of history It recounts the Nazi s invasion of Italy though brief and describes the implementation ofWhy did pain exist Why did evil exist Why had God allowed men like Hitler and Mussolini to come to powerBeginning with the reprisal killings at Piazzale Loreto, the story goes through Italy s...

  2. David Baker says:

    Good read but definitely three starsI ve read few novels which are so very definitely three stars It s a good read, but it s not outstanding and nor, on the other hand, is it terrible The cast of characters is a little too large The chapters are rather too short Thus while one has...

  3. Judy says:

    I am a huge fan of Roland Merullo, whether it is a novel, travel story whatever So I was very excited to see that he had written this book, and evenexcited to receive it fromFirst Reads This is a truly amazing book that tells such a compelling story even those parts that are really hard to read and harder to accept that they actually happened This is so clearly good versus evil and you want those people that are good to overcome what has been thrust on them, knowing that it I am a huge ...

  4. Lou Sills says:

    IntenseI literally could not put this book down I rarely get the sense or pressure or edge of your seat that one feels in a well done action movie but this story had me racing First of all I am a sucker for multiple story lines and secondly being able to see and feel these characters ...

  5. Bonnye Reed says:

    First Reads November 2019Netgalleypub date Dec 1, 2019rec Dec 3, 2019Lake Union Publishing

  6. Hillary says:

    You never know what you re going to get from anPrime first book, but this was one of the better ones.I ve read many WWII stories over the years, but notthan two or three based in Italy, so the setting was something a little different a plus The writing was good, not great literature, but good The character development was decent for the Italian characters the German ones were simply thugs, symbols of evil I liked the format s structure short chapters toggling back and forth You never know what you re going to get from anPrime first book, but this was one of the better ones.I ve read many WWII stories over the years, but notthan two or three based in Italy, so the setting was something a little different a plus The writing was good, not great literature, but good The character development was decent for the Italian characters the German ones were simply thugs, symbols of evil I liked the format s structure short chapters toggling back and forth between a handful of key players in Mussolini s last days and weeks, before his demise Unlike other books of similar style, this one was easy to follow The short chapters allowed for that just onechapter without prolonging bed time too much.And I was interested in just onechapter I had enough interest in finding out the next event Merullo created good tension and suspense without annoying this reader.This is not a book for those who don t like violence it s a war book, after all I was f...

  7. John DeSimone says:

    Once Night Falls is set in a small town in northern Italy during the German occupation of 1943 The war is going poorly for Il Duce and the otherwise ineffectual King Immanuel arrests the Fascist leader and sends him into exile From that setup, the author introduces a series of characters in single chapters that take us into the inner wo...

  8. Alexis says:

    This book is absolutely amazing I don t normally read historical fiction, but I m so very glad I came across this one.The basics This story is set in Italy in WWII, and features many characters whose tales weave together as the story progresses Unlike in many WWII books, the book talksabout Mussolini than Hitler who I really enjoyed learningabout, as I only knew the basics about him The book is told from many different character viewpoints, each of whom have very different This book is absolutely amazing I don t normally read historical fiction, but I m so very glad I came across this one.The basics This story is set in Italy in WWII, and features many characters whose tales weave together as the story progresses Unlike in many WWII books, th...

  9. charles montgomery says:

    Love WWII novels.Specially those about spies, resistance in all theaters, commandos, and such This one fills the bill A best friend of my dad was an infantry private whose battalion was trapped by the Germans North of the Po river in the winter of 1943 or 1944 His commanding officer gave all his men the choice of surrender or swim the ice filled Po He was telling me some of his many war stories in the 50 s I was 10 or 12 at the time and asked him, Weren t you afraid to jump into that Love WWII novels.Specially those about...

  10. jm says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I chose this book onfirst reads There were so many characters in the book it got very confusing The chapters were short and I felt some of the chapters could have been deleted because they offered nothing to the plot The book also became repetitive and honestly a little boring I found myself skimming cha...

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