This book was a real surprise. I didn’t know what to expect, but soon enough I couldn’t put it down. Full of action and surprises. Read it yourself and you’ll have to agree.
Despite everything that’s going on in this book, underneath it’s a great love story.
A beautiful love story that should be read by anyone who has loved, lost love or found love again.
A wonderfully told story of love and redemption! This novel contains interesting and intriguing characters, a flowing and cohesive plot, lyrical language, and a real sense of history told through the eyes of an Italian immigrant. The events revolving around the Triangle Fire — an important historical event that I had no knowedge of prior to reading this novel — were so exciting I couldn’t put it down. Peter Healy has a real hit on his hands with this spectacular first novel! I am definitely a fan!
This is an exciting story of a young man caught up in a crime and about his attempt to escape those who seek vengeance. It is an edge-of-the-seat, white-knuckle trip through his early days in his new country. Interesting–and accurate–portrayal of conditions immigrants faced and how they managed to carve out a place for themselves in their new country. Of course, the story wouldn’t be half as interesting without the romance and pursuit of the girl. But the best part is the characters–real, believeable, and (mostly) likeable. I couldn’t put this book down–I read it in two days!
Peter, How exciting to see you have published a novel with actual history and incorporated a love story. Everything I have previewed tells me this is a must read! Congratulations.
Rosemary “Mamie” Adkins
Extraordinary Dreams of an Ireland Traveler
WOW, what great comments–I think I’ve got to find some time to do some pleasure reading! So many wonderful books, so little time!
I can’ t tell you enough how much I enjoyed your book. I hate that I have come to the end, but as I type your review, it’s like reliving it again. So many times I felt I was in the book too. I hope to get my review which is longwinded to you by tomorrow night. We’re having a heat wave and my A/C fainted–I may be next.
all my best,
Paolo, the ‘Mountain Deva” of southern Italy’s garden farms, leaves his homeland and escapes to L’America, as the Camorra crime syndicate searches for him with a murderous vendetta. Paolo is introduced to the hatred and bias toward the Italians and Irish, and finds the Crime syndicates in New York and New Jersey to be as murderous as that of Italy.
Maria works 50 hour weeks in the sweat shops of New Jersey. Upon hearing of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union in New York, she becomes an active member. Paolo and Maria meet at the first ILGWU strike when she and thousands of others are beaten by “shtarkes” while the police look the other way. Paolo feels their two souls merge and they are soon planning marriage—but when Paolo tells her of his past, she is horrified, frightened for her family and turns away from Paolo.
Trouble sneaks up on both the characters and readers. Can revenge reach across the ocean to rob Paolo’s dream of finding love and becoming an American farmer? Will his Deva protect him from future danger? This engrossing novel is a wonderfully told story of the struggles to find the American dream. It’s truly a book with passion and heart, one that kept this reviewer reading until the wee hours of dawn. Author Peter Healy’s story offers Americana, love, paranormal, and fast-paced action, but most of all, addresses the question—is vengeance sacred?
Reviewer: Micki Peluso, writer, journalist and author of And the Whippoorwill Sang
Oh I want to read this book. I think it will fit in nicely with my interests in the working class, oppression, finding hope, and of course in finding love in its many faceted forms.
Peter, I was one of the authors at the Van Vorst Park Jersey City Book Festival. I bought your book, just now finished reading it, and just HAD to write to you; your book is WONDERFUL! Couldn’t put it down! I still feel immersed in the world of the characters–you have a great, true talent, congratulations on a fine book! Blessings!
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