Monday, May 19, 2014

Review~An Italian Obsession

AnItalianObsessionBannerAIO New CoverIn the lax atmosphere of middle-class post-war Italy, sex and drugs are easy to come by. Roberto tries to find his own balance, but a crush he had for Alessandra in elementary school is reignited and the course of his life is changed forever. >>>Love, Sex And Betrayal It's the 1970’s, a time of political upheaval driven by disillusioned young people. Roberto is caught up in the times. He makes a new start, but his past catches up with him. Finding himself accused of a crime, he must defend himself even when he isn't sure he committed it. A new adult novel that will grab you and won't let you go.

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Meet the Author:

Kfir was born and raised in Italy, and moved to Israel as a teenager. He acquired the love for the English language from his father, a former U.S. soldier and WWII veteran, a voracious reader and a prolific writer. With a PhD in chemical engineering and a long family history that he needs to live up to, Kfir work as a patent attorney and heads the patent law firm that was established by his great-grandfather in Milan, Italy, in 1869. Kfir lives in Omer, Israel, with his full-time partner, Esther, their four children, Michal, Lilach, Tamar and Yonatan, and the dog Elvis. Writing has always been Kfir's passion and for almost four years he wrote a weekly "Patents" column in Globes (Israel’s financial newspaper), which also yielded his only (if he can help it) non-fiction book, THE WORLD OF PATENTS, (a not-so-boring tale of what patents are about, in Hebrew), which was published in 2002 by Globes Press. Kfir loves writing short stories but has too many novels waiting to be written (and possibly not enough years ahead of him to write them all), so now he mostly writes full-length fiction. His other passion is working with other authors on stories he loves and that's how he wound up serving on the editorial board of The Harrow Press as Anthology Editor. You can read about Kfir's books here. He loves them all, but never had greater fun than when working on “HAVE BOOK WILL TRAVEL”, a YA fantasy that he wrote together with his son, Yonatan.

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My Review: 
 Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. 

I never really thought I would enjoy a book that was based and written as if it was in the 1970's, however reading this book, really changed my mind on that. I enjoyed that this book was written as if in the 1970's. It took me to a place that was new to me and imagining everything in my mind from that time was a unique experience.  This book takes place in Italy which was another unique experience for me being Italian and having family members that are from Italy. 

This book tells the story of Roberto, a man growing up and struggling to find himself during a time of politicial upheaval where drugs and crime and sex are everyone's obsession. We get to follow him through his ups and downs.  There were times through this book when Roberto was still young that I just wanted to grab and nurture him because of his parents and the way they treated him and ignored him. Then there were times I just wanted to smack Roberto for his thoughts and actions. The characters are very well written and you very easily attach yourselves to them and feel for them and what they are going through. The description in this book was amazing. It was to the point without being over written and you could imagine everything easily. 

The love in this book was very nice also. Roberto and Alessandra fall in love, however when Roberto is accused of crime, their love is then put to the test as he has to go away due to his crime. His love for Alessandra never faulted even though there were times when it looked like they never were going to get back together. This book had me rooting for their love and for them the entire book. 

This book was a nice thrill that had you on your seat turning the pages to see what was gonna happen or be said next. It's a book that even as you read the last page left you wanting more.  This was my first book written by this author and I was not disappointed. I will also be checking out more books from this author. This book receives a 5/5 from me!

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  1. I am not normally into "adult" type books but I have to admit this one looks good! :)

  2. This sounds like a great summer read Valerie. I have to add some new titles to my Kobo for beach days and this one fits the bill. Thanks for the great review!



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