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Italians are divided as Benito Mussolini's overtures toward Nazi Germany create tension, and rumors of a possible war gain momentum by the day. Caught up in this turmoil is the young and vivacious Antoinette, who has left her family and home to seek fame and fortune in the world of fashion for which Milan is famous. When she meets Domenico at a show, it could be love at first sight, but cannot completely deny that the attention Ethan showers on her is a strong enough reason to have second thoughts. Is she ready to fall in love at this critical moment when war threatens to destroy everything she knows and loves? Only time will tell in Asunder: Forgotten Love by Janet Sierzant.
Janet Sierzant's novel sets the bar quite high for this drama genre story. The attention to detail is reasonably accurate right down to the bombings and the mood in the country at the time. She devotes extra care to fleshing out the characters, as evident in the tension between Gaetano and Antoinette, where a father's definition of duty clashes with his daughter's ambitions. The plot is quite simple to follow, but the impressive aspect is how Sierzant builds the suspense as it approaches its conclusion. She creates an atmosphere so authentic in its presentation that it is difficult to accept this is purely a work of fiction. Asunder met my expectations and was a beautiful reading experience. An excellent piece of work.