Tom loves Nenna Nenna loves her father Her father loves Mussolini Ideals and convictions are not always so clear in the murky years between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the Second For Tom and Kitty Locke, children of the damaged WW1 generation, visiting their cousin Nenna in Rome is a pure joy For their adoptive parents Nadine and Riley, thoughTom loves Nenna Nenna loves her father Her father loves Mussolini.Ideals and convictions are not always so clear in the murky years between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the Second For Tom and Kitty Locke, children of the damaged WW1 generation, visiting their cousin Nenna in Rome is a pure joy For their adoptive parents Nadine and Riley, though, the ground is still shifting underfoot.Nobody knew in 1919 that the children they were bearing would be just ripe for the next war in 1939 nobody knew, in 1935, the implications of an Italian Jewish family supporting Mussolini.Meanwhile Peter Locke and Mabel Zachary have found each other again together in London, itself a city reborn but riddled with its own intolerances As the heat rises across Europe, voices grow louder and everyone must brace once to decide what should bring them together, and what must drive them apart.
Devotion Tom loves Nenna Nenna loves her father Her father loves Mussolini Ideals and convictions are not always so clear in the murky years between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the Seco

  • Title: Devotion
  • Author: Louisa Young
  • ISBN: 9780007532872
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Devotion”

    1. I really enjoyed this book – I knew I would because I loved Louisa Young's previous two novels. As soon as you start reading, the history and events of 'My Dear I Wanted To Tell You' and 'The Heroes Welcome' come flooding back. Meeting these characters again is like returning home after a long trip away.Full of vivid descriptions of hot summers spent in Italy in the 20's and 30's. You can see the lake glimmer and taste the sunshine in the air. But it's the calm before the storm. The children o [...]

    2. I love this series of books. Nadine and Riley are characters I have come to care about along with the others who intertwine with them. In this novel the children Tom and Kitty are eager to meet their Italian cousins and it seems like a permanent summer holiday. That is until the 1930s when Mussolini gains power and suddenly being Italian and Jewish is not a possibility. Young develops the lives of the characters beautifully. Peter is trying to save his life - build some sort of relationship with [...]

    3. The characters are unfamiliar in this rather lengthy sequel. Although maybe that is the point; war has changed them and there’s another imminent. An interesting setting and time period to explore, it is a shame the different storylines chop and change before they really develop, making it difficult for a reader to invest in them.

    4. I had a couple of Louisa Young's books already on my bookshelf but had not gotten around to reading them. I wish I had as they were the prequels to this story and I think having read them first it might have given me more connection to this story as it involves characters from her two previous books "My Dear I wanted To Tell You" and the second book "The Heroes Welcome" For the first few pages, I wasn't sure if I was going to stick with the book but I continued because I liked her style of writi [...]

    5. Thank you to TBC for allowing me to read this in exchange for my review.I found this hard to rate at only a 3* but for me it couldn't match up to Louisa Young's first book "My dear I wanted to tell you" which I absolutely loved. I would defintely recommned reading both of her first books before starting this one as it involves characters from them. Set after WWI, this tells the continuing story of Nadine, Riley and Peter. Nadine takes the children on a holiday to stay with family in Italy, the h [...]

    6. In this third novel in the Riley Purefoy saga Louisa Young grapples with themes of racism and difference affecting what surely must be the most cosmopolitan of extended families in the thirties. In my view this is a flawed novel in which the themes overhear the content, plot and character. There is too much telling and this at times becomes didactic and threatens the mechanism of the novel. There is little of the lyrical realism of the previous two novels and the multi-faceted character driven p [...]

    7. The third instalment of Louisa Young's family saga sees Tom and Kitty grow up. They meet and are enchanted by their (or rather Nadine's) Italian cousins. Meanwhile Peter starts to find his own peace and happiness with Mabel, but all the while Europe is moving slowly but inexorably towards another war.If you've been following the story of Riley Purefoy and his extended family, then you are certain to enjoy Devotion. If you haven't, then it would stand on it's own, but I'd recommend starting at th [...]

    8. For me this book started as a 3 and ended as 5. I found it difficult to get into but it was worth persevering. It starts in 1928 and ends at the outbreak of war in 1939 and follows the lives of the major characters from the first two books, plus the next generation. I felt it was a bit lengthy but by the time I reached the end all the characters had become so real I wanted to know what became of them during the war years, so in contrast the ending felt a bit abrupt and rushed. Another book seems [...]

    9. I loved the story of Nenna and Tom, and the historical details about Italy during the Fascism period and the descriptions of Rome are simply amazing. But the omniscient point of view pulled me out of the story. I found it hard to focus on the protagonists with the constant head hopping. There were, in my opinion, too many storylines, and I felt like it was everyone’s story. If the omniscient point of view doesn’t bother you, you’re going to love this novel.

    10. Original and engagingThis is a very good book which has clearly involved a lot of research and a love of Rome. There are a couple of short sections where the writing is not up to the standard of the rest but it is generally excellently written.

    11. Devotion is the third in a series of books featuring Riley & Nadine Purefoy and Peter Locke. The first was one of my favourite books about WW1, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You, and the second was The Heroes Welcome. You can read this as a stand alone book though it will be a richer experience if you have read the previous two. And they are both excellent books so you really should just read them! Devotion takes the story from 1928 up to 1939 looking at post-war Britain still in recovery and mov [...]

    12. First things first: this is the third book in a series and if you haven't read My Dear I Wanted to Tell You and The Heroes' Welcome, you won't get nearly as much out of this book as you would if you were familiar with the characters and their history. The good news is that both are excellent books and well worth reading - as is Devotion.Here's a very quick background - skip this paragraph if you intend to read the first two books. Riley and Peter, served together during WW1. Riley is from a work [...]

    13. Tom and Kitty Locke are the children of Peter and Julia but are looked after by their friends Nadine and Riley. The characters are all from Young's previous books 'My Dear I Wanted To Tell You' and 'The Heroes Welcome'. The story picks up in 1928 with Tom and Kitty growing up and Nadine taking them to Italy to meet their Italian Jewish family. People did not know the children they would have would have to fight another war and that families would be torn apart. People did not know the consequenc [...]

    14. Devotion opens in 1927 and we meet Tom as he is expelled - yet again - from school. He is collected by Riley who he holds in very high esteem and who is a father figure to Tom although his father Peter is still alive. Peter and Riley fought together in the war and Peter is suffering from shell shock. Riley's own injuries are physical rather than mental and he has lost part of his jaw.Tom and his sister Kitty have no mother (she has passed away) and are treated by Riley and his wife Nadine as the [...]

    15. Having not read the previous two books, I wondered how necessary it was going to be to have read the last two, after all, most books don’t start at the beginning of people’s stories, and I didn’t feel like I was missing out on any backstory, such was the completeness of the writing.What struck me first off was the attention to detail, filling out the corners with little bits of imagery which brought the story to life. I loved the train journey the family took from London to Rome, the other [...]

    16. I received this through Giveaways.I absolutely loved this book. When I entered to win a copy ,I hadn't realised that this was actually the third book of a series. It did not deter from my enjoyment at all as there were enough references to the characters and what had happened previously for it all to make sense.The book is set in the 1930's and finishes just as the Second World War is about to begin.It is set in England and Italy and the writing is so descriptive of the places and characters. T [...]

    17. I loved this book, I had previously read and enjoyed the 2 earlier books, but I felt this was far more interesting with the political build up to World War 2 from the both the British and the fascist Italian viewpoints. The author explored the ways and means that dictators use to manipulate the people using the character of Aldo, who is Jewish and Italian but supports Mussolini wholeheartedly. Alongside the Italian part of the novel, Mabel appears. She is a black American jazz singer and her int [...]

    18. I received a copy of this book for free through First Reads.This book welcomes you in with open arms, a big grin, and a "Welcome to the family". It's so full of warmth, right from the get-go, that you can't help but become involved in the lives of Tom, Kitty, Nadine, Riley, Peter, etc.I haven't read the two books that precede "Devotion", but I don't think that matters at all. The story scooped me up and took me for an emotional ride through pre-WW2 Italy and England. I didn't want to read the l [...]

    19. An enjoyable holiday read, which cleverly intertwines the characters' development with the social and political changes in the years of limbo between world wars. Despite a few laboured sentences, excessive use of hyphens and the odd overzealous monologue, I'm a sucker for a nice bit of romance so the book redeemed itself in the end!

    20. I really enjoyed this book although I must admit I struggled at times and could have done with it being a wee bit shorter! Having previously read "My Dear I Wanted to tell you " it was good to know a bit about the characters already and I would look forward to reading the next book in the series which surely must be on its way.

    21. I loved this. Louisa Young is a brilliant writer, you fall in love with her characters.Have just finished it and feel on the verge of tears for so many reasons: why are people so stupid? how are people so brave? where does true courage come from? An interesting perspective, more than that. A really important lesson to be had from reading this.

    22. I won this book on a goodread giveaway .This book has a bit of everything war, family, loyalty,politics and lasting friendships . Nicely written with the naivity of childhood through toadolescence . The novel had no definite ending so I'm waiting for more Many Thanks

    23. This is the sequel to My Dear I Wanted to Tell You and The Heroes Welcome. You could read it as a standalone, but I think more enjoyment would be gained by reading the first two beforehand. A solid three stars for this and the whole trilogy.

    24. I could not get into this book and did not particularly like the style of writing so gave up after about 60 pages.

    25. Like the other books in the series, this is absolutely brilliant, with wonderful characters and a thrilling story that keeps you turning the pages. But such a cliffhanger of an ending

    26. I wish to read the previous two books first and am looking forward to reading this book after I have finished both of them.

    27. Not as good as the preequals as wish she had concentrated more on uk than italy and just keeping the 4 characters but nice to see a older tom and kitty

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