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Set in Italy during World War Two, TO FIND A MOUNTAIN tells the incredible story of a young woman named Benedetta Carlessimo. When Benedetta's house is taken over by the German Command and her father is forced to fight for the Germans at the front lines, she is left alone to protect her family and survive the violent, battle scarred German soldiers living in her home.UltimSet in Italy during World War Two, TO FIND A MOUNTAIN tells the incredible story of a young woman named Benedetta Carlessimo. When Benedetta's house is taken over by the German Command and her father is forced to fight for the Germans at the front lines, she is left alone to protect her family and survive the violent, battle scarred German soldiers living in her home.Ultimately, Benedetta engages in a very real fight for her own survival, with the lives of those closest to her hanging in the balance.TO FIND A MOUNTAIN is an unforgettable portrait of a war, a family, and a young woman who faces terrifying evil with incomparable bravery.TO FIND A MOUNTAIN is based on true events....

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ISBN : 12986997
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Number of Pages : 177 Pages
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  • Tulay
    2019-04-09 10:22

    Incredible story.This is very personal story of author's Italian grandparents. Year 1944, teenage girl named Benedetta living under German occupied little town called Casalvieri. Her home occupied by the German soldiers, she is cooking and cleaning and taking care of her younger brother and sister. Conditions she is leaving, makes you understand little about the life during the war. Touching but also heart warming story. Thank you Dan Ames, sharing this personal story with your readers.

  • Lewis Weinstein
    2019-04-03 16:39

    This is a splendidly written historical novel, written in form of a first person memoir from the point of view of a teenage girl. The setting is Italy in 1944-45, when Germany occupied Italy and the Americans came to throw them out. The action is set near Mont Cassino. The story never drags and kept my attention throughout, after which I re-read the prologue, which I found very moving.An observation ... all references are to Germans, not Nazis. I am coming more to that view in writing my own novel on the period in Germany and Poland during the late 1920s and early 1930s. It is too easy, I think, for Germans to pass off the blame on a subgroup called Nazis when all Germans share that responsibility, except for the very few who actually tried to resist.

  • Tim McWhorter
    2019-03-31 12:31

    A good book for me is one that keeps my interest and compels me to continue turning the page when I should be out mowing the lawn. A great book, however, surpasses that to the point where I'm sneaking a chapter or two while trying to look busy at work. But, there is one more tier of books that does all of this, yet still raises the bar even further. These books are the ones that actually affect you. Stay with you long after you've put them up on the shelf alongside countless books you know you've read but can't even remember the plot. Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra...Dark Places by Gillian Flynn...Night by Elie Wiesel. One more book I will be adding to that exclusive list is To Find A Mountain by Dani Amore.Basically, at the threat of sounding cliche, TFAM has heart. A whole lot of it. And it sucked me in and made reading this book personal. I didn't just like Benedetta, with her charm, strength and spirit. I cared about her. Wanted to protect her. The German soldiers didn't just irritate or annoy me. I hated them. I wanted to kick their asses. The father, with his reserved strength and integrity, is someone I felt a kinship with as a father myself, understanding why he made certain decisions. Everyone in this book causes you to feel something, on some level.The only bad thing about all this, is that being sucked in so personally to a story like this, it's bound to leave one with unanswered questions and a strong desire to know more. But, that's what makes books like this one so good. They affect you. You remember them. And that gives them life. They will live in your memory forever.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  • Melora
    2019-04-07 13:24

    I cannot understand why this book gets so many 5-star reviews. It was so cliched and trite, it could have been an animated Disney movie about an Italian heroine during WWII. All it was missing was the musical numbers. The romance between the two main characters was poorly developed and difficult to believe, as was the other romance thrown in at the end of the novel. It was a short book, thankfully, and I listened to the whole boring narration, counting down to the end of this predictable story. It's not a good sign when I find myself hoping the main characters hurry up and die so I can move on to a better book. I finished it in its entirety so that I could write my not-so-glowing review, in contrast to the ones that convinced me to start this snore fest.

  • Farnoosh Brock
    2019-04-19 12:25

    Gripping, easy-read and it burns somehow.I read - oh scratch that - inhaled "To Find a Mountain" - in just two days during my trip in Japan. On trains, subway, cafes, hotel rooms, spa and at night, staying up late to finish this war story of remembrance by Dani Amore. At first, I believed that Benedetta, the female protagonist, was also the author based on some review that it was a true story but then I realized that the author is a male - Dan Ames and even tweeted with him. Okay back to the book: I Loved It.I couldn't decide what book to pick up next and started several best-selling books recommended by friends, and I'd downloaded just a sample of this book and it pulled me in. I even started Star Dust by Neil Gaiman and still felt pulled to finish To Find a Mountain. I just love it when books PULL me in and when stories tug at your heart strings, and call you to pay attention. It is the sign of a brilliant writer.This book is easy to read, and while I love my Tolstoy and Tokien and George RR Martins, I appreciate reading a book that is not filled with every word from the thesaurus, yet the descriptions are powerful and every scene paints a vivid picture in your mind. You miss nothing. Dan Ames is a quietly powerful writer.The protagonist draws your attention from the very start, when she is an old woman flashing back to the time she was in Italy during the war. She beckons you to follow her back to World War II to a small Italian village of Casalvieri and to a house where the Germans invaded and occupied during the final phase of the war. And as one who is not terribly drawn to war stories in general, I appreciated reading and learning about the impact of war - hunger, fear, desperation, confusion, anger, more fear, and more hunger - through this book. You learn the perspective of the Italians who are caught in the middle - there is a passage in the book where the German officer occupying their house says to Benedetta, "When your country is at war, everyone is a participant." There are no innocent people when there is a war, he implies, you have to take a side.Extremely pleased to read and enjoy this book, and now wondering which of Dan Ames's books to pick up next. Have you read much by him? Hope this was useful to you and read a book a week if not more.

  • Tara Chevrestt
    2019-04-18 12:26

    As I sit down and type this review, I struggle to find something to say, to make this a real review. I just want to scream, "I loved this book!" from the top of...well, a mountain--a mountain that I can reach the top of without using one of those horrid sky boxes and that has a real bathroom.I loved it. I am so glad I finally picked up a "five-star" read. The writing is solid. The setting is realistic, the characters real and likable, as well as relatable. The romance is fast, but considering the situation, it felt perfect too. But this is not a romance book. It's the story of occupied Italy during the war and unlike most WWII occupied-type tales, it's not about rebels or anything like that. It's about plain ole' life. About a girl becoming a woman while her home is under German rule, about seeing the evils of war and becoming stronger for it.While the Italian men run off to hide in the mountains, the women stay behind and face the Germans down. They cook for them, withstand abuse, possibly rape. They dream. They hide pigs. They keep their husbands' and fathers' whereabouts a secret, take care of their children and siblings, make sure the Germans' presence doesn't harm their children's health.I loved this heroine. She's not OTT brave, but speaks her mind when it's necessary, stands up for those she loves, cares for others, and yet at the same time, learns to accept help. She finds love in the middle of madness, putting her "beau" in his place too. And the ending...OMG, the ending. LOVED it. That's all I'm going to say about that.She faces so much, so very much--from the death of a friend to the possible loss of her father to feeding and hiding the pig. And everything that happens shows us a brave side of her, a strong side.I think I forgot the 411. Benedetta is a motherless Italian girl living with her father when the Italians arrive during WWII, wanting the occupy the area for its height. From the mountains, the Germans can see all coming and going. Eventually, it's just Benedetta, her two siblings, and a helping woman taking care of the Germans staying (not by invitation) under her roof. There's fear, discomfort, secrets, and loss.Full review and favorite quote:

  • Wanda
    2019-04-15 13:28

    The story begins in 2011 - Benedetta, an Italian, is now living in Florida. Through her life she has known great joy, but also great tragedy. Benedetta has just buried her husband of fifty one years. She begins to reminisce on her life many years earlier - 1943 - when the Second World War came to Casalveri, a small village in Italy. The Germans arrived one fall morning and took control of Casalveri without a single shot being fired. The Germans would be taking over small villages along an East and West line across Italy. And the story begins ---Benedetta has become the head of the household when her father leaves them to find a hiding place in the mountains. Their home has become the headquarters for the Germans. She has two younger siblings to look after and she prepares meals for the Germans. The Germans did not consider the Italian people human. In their eyes they were lower beings. They forced the Italian civilians into the hardest, most dangerous jobs on the front, carrying ammunition, gasoline, and retrieving the wounded. They saw the Italians as a good way to conserve their own forces. Better an Italian die on the front then a German. The Italians were told for every German soldier who dies, ten of them (Italians) would be executed. There is a lot of intrigue in the storyline during the German occupation of Italy. But, it read like a YA novel - just a very easy, interesting read (although I wouldn't recommend it for a younger teen) and I stayed engaged throughout.A couple negative comments - The characters had very little depth and I didn't connect with them. Also, the story ended very abruptly, almost like the writer ran out of steam. For that reason I rated this book 3.5 stars.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-25 13:33

    The story is set in WWII Italy during the WWII in a small town on the slopes of Monte Casino. A young girl named Benedtta lives with her father and youngrr brother and sister. The Germans march into town, her father is sent to help at the front and Benedetta is forced to accept German officers into the home and cook and clean for them.It's a story of endurance in the face of atrocities and I found it very interesting. However, it was written very simply, as if for children but I think it was intended for an adult audience. Wish someone could clarify.

  • Bonnie
    2019-04-18 09:29

    I enjoyed the history in this novel, and came to care for the main character and her family. I felt these characters could have been developed more. The ending seemed rushed, though parts were good, while other plot lines seemed to come out of nowhere. My biggest disappointment with the ending: the story started in the present but didn't finish there letting you know how any of the characters relationships turned out.

  • Jan
    2019-03-27 16:39

    Wow, what a story and its based on true events! It had me in tears a couple of times. Dani does a wonderful job of pulling you in to the story and you don't want to put the book down once you get there. Its based on an old lady's story about WWII when the German's invaded her town in Italy when she was a teen growing up. Dani makes you feel the horror, terror, anger and yes even love when the German's move in and take over. This story will stay in your thoughts for a long time afterwards.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-09 13:34

    This is the story of a teenaged girl who must be both mother and father to her 2 younger siblings when her mother dies and her father disappears during WWII. It is set in a small mountain village in central Italy. Her family home has also been chosen by the Germans to serve as their headquarters in the town so she must cook and serve as their hostess. She is faced with decisions that even adults would have trouble making but she shows a wisdom beyond her years.

  • Mary Young
    2019-04-16 13:22

    Great DramaStory of love and perseverance. Loved how a lot of the story takes place around the Italian kitchen. Sad and at times violent but in the end love survives.

  • Tracie
    2019-04-16 16:42

    There needs to be a series; a continuation.

  • N.
    2019-03-25 13:40

    Although for the most part, I enjoyed this novel, it fell a little short for me and lacked true emotion. Having read and enjoyed many novels surrounding this time period in history, I must admit that the depth of this narrative is sparse (especially having recently read Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, which was exceptional). However, I did appreciate the Italian POV regarding the German occupation. Sadly, I didn't connect with any of the characters, and had a hard time with the romance in this novel as it formed too quickly, and was, therefore, not very believable. Personally, I felt that the story would have been more well-rounded had the author delved into Benedetta's adulthood after the war, since she begins the story as an older lady. The end of the novel felt a bit abrupt.Also, there have been some readers that have touted this as a decent read for Junior High, and I respectfully disagree. The level of violence and instance of rape make it much more appropriate for older highschool level and beyond, in my humble opinion.

  • Sonya
    2019-04-19 17:31

    A beautifully written story about war torn Italy in 1943. Nazi's have arrived in Benedetta's village and her home. She is a young but very mature 16 year old girl who takes care of her younger brother and sister since her mother's death. Since the arrival of the Nazi's she is not sure if her father is dead or hiding in the mountains from them. She meets and begins corresponding with a young man who is hiding in the mountains and they begin to have feelings for one another. This is a look into a desperate and very hard time for many in Europe who had to deal with Nazi's and their evil. But this is also a look into a young girls life and how she struggles not to give up and to try to make the best of each situation for herself and for her family. My only complaint is that the ending felt rushed. I wish it were a longer story! A great read!!!

  • Joe Stamber
    2019-04-09 10:30

    I hesitate to describe a book that features the atrocities of war as "gentle", but despite some of the subject matter that was my overall impression of To Find a Mountain. Set in a small Italian village under German occupation in the Second World War, the story revolves around a young woman whose life is deeply affected on several different levels by this intrusion. Everything is handled skilfully and delicately by Amore, and the reader is left with a very readable and enjoyable, if gentle, tale.

  • Ruth
    2019-04-03 17:20

    A poorly executed version of "The Nightingale", which I would rather have read a second time than read this once. The story felt rushed and the characters poorly developed, and the book never concluded the "reflect back" chapter that started it. Don't waste your time.

  • Maya
    2019-04-17 10:14

    Wonderful quick read about a young Italian woman trying to survive the perils of war as her home is taken over by German soldiers.

  • Marjorie Jones
    2019-03-23 14:25

    Enjoyable reading. This novel gave me a better understanding of how war impacted these small villages. Exciting reading. I couldn't put it down

  • Jon Huegli
    2019-03-22 09:20

    Skillful development of a young female character by an author primarily noted for creating tough, hard-nosed men. Terrific characterization and story telling through a female perspectiveWhat a delight to read one of Dan's books that focuses on a character quite different than his others. He authentically captures the culture of a small Italian town, the kind I have visited several times. Bernadette reliably presents a young girl's life experiences that rapidly propel her into womanhood under extraordinary difficult life experiences.

  • Eileen
    2019-04-09 10:33

    Easy read (in terms of clarity and level of writing), but difficult in terms of the emotions that it often evokes. Raw. Nice use of imagery. At times quite intense, and I often found myself at the edge of my seat as I grew curious on how the story would progress. I felt a connection to the protagonist, and to those that she cares deeply about. Dani Amore did a good balancing the scope of the story between an individual's life/experiences and the historical context in which she must navigate and survive.

  • Natalie
    2019-04-11 11:23

    This was a book about family, and what it means to sacrifice for them. It is a book about love and how, if it is strong enough you will fight for it. It made me catch my breath a few times in fear that someone was going to get caught in their actions and everything would be blown. Truly a great book - fast read and takes you back to a time where things were a bit different. Makes you fear going back to them again.

  • Dawn R Cole
    2019-04-20 17:12

    What a story!!! Well told...I can imagine that this really happenedust such things actually happened. Well worth the read for history as well as for I thoroughly enjoyed this kept me up at night, but it kept moving and taught me history I did not know before this...with compassion and truth. Hope many others enjoy it too.

  • Alba Andronic
    2019-03-28 12:31

    I loved every single moment.I greatly enjoy stories based on World War 2 because throughout all the pain and suffering, people still found reasons to live and love. This book was amazing because it was set in Italy, and I neglect the fact that other countries were tremendously affected. I really connected with the main character Benedetta.

  • Marge
    2019-04-14 17:12

    Good readI liked that this book was not sold about romance but also had a real plot that was very interesting to read. I personally have a very difficult time finding books I like and this one I loved. I finished it in three days, witch is very fast for me. I would defiantly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction.

  • Molly
    2019-03-25 14:42

    Nice, short readI enjoyed reading this book, but it felt like it was written for a slightly younger audience. It was a very quick read- it took me a lazy Sunday to get from cover to cover.Written from an interesting perspective, I haven't come across that many books about WWII written from occupied Italian villages.

  • Lsc5008
    2019-04-03 09:33

    Another POV on WWII the holocaust, but this was based on the lives of the Italians. Wonderful story about a brave Italian girl who helped her whole family and love of her life survive the war and move on with their lives after.

  • kennethh.robinson
    2019-04-11 14:41

    Great Story of WWII from a Different PerspectiveWhen your village is controlled by the German Army there are few choices in life. But those you do make are serious, life changing ones.

  • Emilie Komykoski
    2019-03-22 17:27

    A different perspective- enjoyed the storyI enjoyed hearing this from an Italian perspective- to hear how the Italians joined with the German cause, but the people didn't necessarily agree with their leaders. A good read- enjoyed the plot and it's twists

  • Salem Carter
    2019-03-21 17:16

    A good readA well written story of war and struggle and love that endures, worth the time to read and share. You really get a feel of what it must have been like, but thankfully aren't immersed in the filth of war.