Farewell My Life
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Farewell My Life
by Cynthia Haggard
Publication Date: April 7, 2019
eBook & Paperback; 586 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Angelina led a life which required her to fib. When Angelina, the black sheep of the Pagano family, meets the mysterious Mr. Russell, she has no idea that she has seen him before…in another country. And so begins Farewell My Life, a novel in three parts, which spins an operatic tale of dangerous love and loss.
The Lost Mother, the first part of this novel, slices back and forth between time and space, opening in the charming village of Georgetown, Washington D.C. while reflecting a family’s troubled past in the lovely village of Marostica in the Italian Veneto.
An Unsuitable Suitor, the second part of the novel, is a Cinderella-ish tale with not-so-charming princes who inhabit the edgy setting of 1920s Berlin.
Farewell My Life, the last part of the novel, set again in Berlin, Germany, during the dark 1930s as the Nazis gain power, takes comfortable lives, assumptions and civilizations and crumbles them into ash
Praise for Farewell My Life
“A unique, deftly scripted, and extraordinary novel by an author with a distinctive narrative storytelling style that will hold the readers dedicated attention from beginning to end, “Farewell My Life: Buona Notte Vita Mia” is an impressive and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections. One of those rare novels that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished.”–Mid-West Book Review
“The author knows her characters very, very well; this shows in the consistent and very individual way they act. This is not a plot-driven story; it’s character-driven. In this book, the characters are the jam which holds everything together. The best example of this is Grace, the talented violinist, who, simply, jumps off the page. I loved her.”–Wishing Shelf
“This is not your typical mystery; it’s for fans of thrilling action and historically-inspired events…Contra to the status quo of the genre, the men are the romantics – though in a deranged manner – and the women showcased are the core strength of the novel.”–BookLife Prize.
“The author…adeptly summons the era in all its manners and details with her descriptive prose…Her omniscient, third-person narrator effectively flits through the heads of various characters, offering momentary glimpses of their inner lives.”–Kirkus Reviews
“I loved the elaborate descriptions of all the places in this book. This is the kind of book that shows instead of just telling. The characters are very well-developed and interesting to read about. Angelina is a fascinating character, as is Grace. Along the duration of the book, Grace learns a lot about herself. I was amazed by her quiet yet vibrant personality, and her brilliant talent.”–Pavani Mathur (The Voracious Bibliophile)
This book was received as an ARC from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own
Thank you to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and the Author,
Farewell My Life is a coming of age period drama, the book is set in between World War I and World War II.
Written in third person narration the author has creatively set the novel into three distinctive parts. The opening of the book is set in Georgetown, Washington DC
Angelina, a single mother to Violent and Grace is the black sheep of the Pagano family. She does not follow the norm. Her morals are questionable to say the least. A chance meeting she finds introducing handsome Nicholas Russell to her daughters. This sets in motion some dramatic events, when Mr. Russell attention toward Angelina’s youngest daughter Grace is unnerving and slowly he becomes sinisterly obsessive…. Grace, Angelina’s younger daughter, whose fabulous talent for the violin promises a shimmering career, takes her from the states to the turbulent political climate leading up to the beginning World War II Berlin Exquisitely written with vibrant characters This book has left a lasting impression on me. The storyline captivated me, and held my attention with interesting content.
The author has masterly written a heartfelt, moving, powerful, thought-provoking, book A book that is definitely going to be a reread for me, the writer’s voice is so captivating. I really enjoyed the well researched content historical events interwoven with fictional characters.
Farewell My Life is one of THREE books awarded the “Best Books” honor in Historical Fiction for the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE) Pinnacle Award.
A little History
The book contains the story of the Oster Conspiracy, one of about 20 attempts to assassinate Hitler between 1934 and 1944
The Oster Conspiracy (German Septemberverschwörung, eng. September Conspiracy) of 1938 was a proposed plan to overthrow German Führer Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime if Germany went to war with Czechoslovakia over the Sudetenland. It was led by Generalmajor Hans Oster, deputy head of the Abwehr and other high-ranking conservatives within the Wehrmacht who opposed the regime for behavior that was threatening to bring Germany into a war that they believed it was not ready to fight. They planned to overthrow Hitler and the Nazi regime through a storming of the Reich Chancellery by forces loyal to the plot to take control of the government, who would either arrest or assassinate Hitler, and restore the exiled Wilhelm II as Emperor.
About the Author
Cynthia graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, Cambridge MA, in June 2015.
Her first novel, Thwarted Queen, a frustrating tale (hence the title) of Lady Cecylee Neville (1415-1495) who was nearly crowned Queen of England, was shortlisted for many awards, including the 2012 Eric Hoffer New Horizon Award for debut authors. To date, sales have surpassed 38,000 copies.
Her forthcoming novel, Farewell My Life, is a Cinderella-ish tale with not-so-charming princes who inhabit the edgy setting of 1920s Berlin.
When she’s not annoying everyone by insisting her fictional characters are more real than they are, Cynthia likes to go for long walks, knit something glamorous, cook in her wonderful kitchen, and play the piano. You can visit her at www.spunstories.com. You can also find Cynthia on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, September 9
Interview at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, September 10
Feature at Books In Their Natural Habitat
Thursday, September 12
Excerpt at A Darn Good Read
Friday, September 13
Excerpt at Maiden of the Pages
Monday, September 16
Review at girl-who-reads
Tuesday, September 17
Feature at Beth’s Book Nook Blog
Wednesday, September 18
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books
Thursday, September 19
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Saturday, September 21
Excerpt at Broken Teepee
Monday, September 23
Feature at The Book Junkie Reads
Tuesday, September 24
Review at Unabridged Chick
Friday, September 27
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Sunday, September 29
Review at Reading is My Remedy
Monday, September 30
Interview at Unabridged Chick
Saturday, October 5
Review at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, October 8
Feature at I’m All About Books
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