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Reviewed by Kai Alexander for Readers' Favorite
Sera and Angie were best friends in their teenage years. They connected on the hardships of coming from broken homes in Naples, Italy, and they shared a special bond that would prove unshakable in later years to come. When injustice lands Sera in prison, they go their separate ways, not knowing that they would meet over 20 years later. What follows is a journey the two embark on together, and they find healing, a rekindled friendship, and a chance to be together at last. As they explore the beautiful countryside of Spain and France, the differences that made them stronger people threaten to tear them apart.
Rich scenery and lovable characters are two excellent and amazing strengths of Tramps Like Us. Attilio Napoli describes in vivid detail the beauty of Italy, Spain and France - it is almost as if the reader is there with Sera and Angie, traveling with them as they marvel at the wondrous landscapes. The descriptions were so vivid, and the characters were extremely likable. I found myself falling in love with both Sera and Angie, with great character development and realistic emotions behind the dialogue and tense silences.
Overall, this was a nice, light-hearted story that anyone could enjoy. The plot flowed nicely and the characters were intriguing, flawed, redeemable, and realistic, the perfect combination for relating to the reader. The plot is easy to follow, allowing the reader to focus on the impending love story between the two main characters. It is a tale that is all the more realistic because there is no real villain trying to tear the two apart. In fact, the only real obstacles that these two face are the realities of life. Distance and circumstances are what drive these two together and also what might drive them apart.
The novel speaks of the damage families can do to a single individual, and also how families can heal each other. Most importantly, it speaks about the power of forgiveness, both for others and for ourselves. Beautifully written, an intriguing love story, and a personal journey through the beautiful landscapes of Italy, France, and Spain. Very nicely done, the writing really pulls the reader in.