The eternal predicament of choice and what could have been.
Everything That Was Us by E. Graziani is an evocative story of a love that never ran its course, and, therefore, became unrivaled—the eternal predicament of choice and what could have been.
Our thanks to the author for the advanced reader’s copy.
Title: Everything That Was Us by E. Graziani
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (February 8, 2021)
What would you do for a secret love?
Despite not speaking for nearly twenty years, Massimo Damiani, a ‘rags-to-riches’ oil executive, summons Sofie to his hospice bedside in picturesque Tuscany—his last wish?…to reconcile their stormy history and set long-buried secrets to rest.
Sofia Romano, a powerful Wall Street banker in Manhattan’s financial district, reeling with heartache in her rocky marriage, ignores her husband’s protests and flies to Italy to comfort the dying man from her past.
With old promises tugging at her heart and the memory of a tempestuous love that grew and crumbled time and again, will Sofia ever come to terms with the flaws in her marriage and gain the strength to rebuild it?
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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Max and Sofia met when very young, but their connection was deep and visceral.
Forced to part ways due to living in different countries, their young love remained unobtainable.
Their paths crossed several times again during their lives, always bringing them back to the same passion, but never to a place in which they could stay together and let their relationship blossom.
Forty years later, Sophie receives a call from a palliative care hospital in Italy, saying that Max is dying and wishes to see her.
This story pulls all the heartstrings – the sadness of illness and fatality, the beauty of young love, and the life-altering decisions we make along the way.
Everything That Was Us is an evocative story of a love that never ran its course and, therefore, became unrivaled—the eternal predicament of choice and what could have been.
Intense and heart-wrenching. I could not put it down.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
E. Graziani is the author of the women’s fiction novel, EVERYTHING THAT WAS US, February 8, 2021 (The Wild Rose Press). She has also written Breaking Faith (Second Story Press), a contemporary YA fiction novel, selected for the ‘In the Margins’ Book Award 2018 Recommended Fiction List, and one of Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens, and the YA historical memoir, War in My Town (Second Story Press), one of Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens and finalist in the Hamilton Arts Council 2016 Literary Awards for Best Non-Fiction. Reader and reviewer, WUoC Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers, 2019. Regular contributor, CHCH Morning Live Book Chat. She resides in Canada with her husband and four daughters.