“Ms. Allegretto is first and foremost a graphic artist and illustrator, but this literary foray of hers makes one wonder, if she hadn’t taken up the brush, what she might have accomplished with the pen.
In Bridge of Sighs and Dreams she displays a true author’s knack for painting a word-picture that puts the reader right there, wherever “there” may be. What’s more, as she so amply displays in her novel, she possesses the two attributes every writer of fiction must: an understanding of and ear for plot, and a genuine love for her characters, even the unsavory ones. For without the latter, not only do the dramatis personae fail to come alive on the page but whatever they would teach us about the human condition comes watered down, too.
Of course, that she chose the structure for Bridge of Sighs and Dreams she did increase its chances for success from the get-go. Few are the stories that appeal more than those pitting a likable hero against a despicable villain, in this case the good sister Angelina vs. the evil sister-in-law Lidia. That’s not only a tried-and-true formula but great fun. With the added bonus of being set in Mussolini’s fascist Italy, a place and time in which fear, unrest, and uncertainty became the stuff of everyday life.
So snuggle into your favorite armchair with a mug of hot tea at your side and Allegretto’s time machine of a book in your lap. You’ll enjoy the ride, trust me.”
Thank you to noted author J. Michael Dolan for this wonderful review. Praise from a fellow WW2 fiction author is quite meaningful.
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