Early One Morning by Virginia Baily
Release Date - September 29, 2015
Hatchette Book Group
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
WWII is affecting so many, and for Chiara Ravello, it's destroyed much of her family, leaving her to care for her sister, a girl prone to seizures. Her plan is to flee Rome and go live away from the battles in her grandparents' country home.
Chiara's world changes when she spies a mother and her young son being pushed onto trucks bound for concentration camps. Chiara announces that boy belongs to her sister and takes him from his mother. The plan to spare his life works, but her sister and even the boy are resentful of her actions.
Move forward to the 1970s in Wales. Sixteen-year-old Maria is floored when she learns the father she knows isn't her father at all. Her actual father is an Italian named Daniele Levi. Maria contacts the woman she believes was a landlady to her real father, Chiara Ravello, and wants to know as much about her father as she can get from Chiara.
Early One Morning is one of those books that fascinated me, but was also not easily read in one sitting. It required some processing to think about what I'd read and decide how I felt about it. I liken it to the difference between drinking something like a Bud and then switching to something with far more depth, like a complex IPA. You just can't rush it.
Time, history, and human emotions all have a part in Early One Morning. This ended up not being a book I could rush. Best put, it's a book meant to be savored and reflected upon.