Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Between the Cracks by Carmela Cattuti

Please join Carmela Cattuti as she tours the blogosphere for Between the Cracks: One Woman's Journey from Sicily to America, from February 9-27, and enter to win a Kindle Touch eReader, loaded with an eBook of Between the Cracks!

02_Between the Cracks_CoverPublication Date: August 15, 2013
Three Towers Press
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Pages: 324

Genre: Historical Fiction


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Join Angela Lanza as she experiences the tumultuous world of early 20th century Sicily and New York. Orphaned by the earthquake and powerful eruption of Mt. Etna in 1908, Angela is raised in the strict confines of an Italian convent. Through various twists of fate, she is married to a young Italian man whom she barely knows, then together with her spouse, immigrates to the U.S. This novel is an invitation to accompany the young Angela as she confronts the ephemeral nature of life on this planet and navigates the wide cultural gaps between pre-World War II Italy and the booming prosperity of dynamic young America. Author, artist, and teacher Carmela Cattuti created Between the Cracks as an homage to her great-aunt, who survived the earthquake and eruption of Mt. Etna and bravely left Sicily to start a new life in America.
My Review
Four Stars
Copy received for an honest review from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

"Between the Cracks" by Carmela Cattuti was an adventurous journey for our heroine, Angela Lanza. The author first introduces us to our heroine when she is young and living in Italy.  After a horrible earthquake she calls a convent home.  Angela is a survivor but the void left from losing her family is palpable.  When she is finally married, her happily-ever-after is not close behind. Franco was a complex character. I didn't dislike him but I felt more sympathy for Angela.  I was happy that their arranged marriage, far from based on love, turned into a love story.  I loved how the author didn't make it a fairy tale. She showed the raw conflict and emotion behind their marriage.   My heart broke for Angela since she had very little control over the course her life would take. I loved watching Angela's life transition from young girl to a hopeful immigrant in NYC. The time period that the author focused on is lush with opportunities and hopes, which is a great depiction of Angela as well. 

Aside from the great time period and complicated, yet endearing hero and heroine, I really enjoyed the writing. The pacing of the story was very good and the author balanced the right amount of descriptions of the time periods with the complexities of these two people on a journey to find themselves in a different country as husband and wife. I think anyone that enjoys women's fiction, history or stories about strong heroines will really enjoy this story.  Lastly, maybe because this is based on her great-aunt sentimentality is a big character in this story.  I couldn't help but feel for these people and the lives that lived and the choices they made. It's impossible to read this story and not be changed from it.

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Carmela Cattuti started her writing career as a journalist for the Somerville News in Boston, MA. After she finished her graduate work in English Literature from Boston College she began to write creatively and taught a journal writing course at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education As fate would have it, she felt compelled to write her great aunt's story. "Between the Cracks" has gone through several incarnations and will now become a trilogy. This is the first installment. To connect with Carmela email her or leave a comment at

Between the Cracks Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February 9
Guest Post at Book Babe

Tuesday, February 10
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, February 11
Review at Back Porchervations

Thursday, February 12
Guest Post at Boom Baby Reviews

Monday, February 16
Review at Bookish

Wednesday, February 18
Review at Book Nerd

Friday, February 20
Spotlight at My Book Addiction and More

Tuesday, February 24
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, February 25
Guest Post at A Literary Vacation
Spotlight at Layered Pages

Thursday, February 26
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Friday, February 27
Spotlight at Passages to the Past


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