The Caves of San Pietro by Susan Gayle

An old bicycle and a smiling face made me stop at this booth at the Texas Book Festival. First of all I had a booth there too and trust me you don’t haul in anything that you don’t need – but a bike? Ended up that it was pivotal to the author’s book. Two minutes of talking and I was pulling out my cash.

Not only did the author tell her family’s historical tale but she also did a ton of research to support events and the environment of the time period. She personalized the dramatic events of World War II, bringing it to a level that tugged on my heartstrings. 

To top it off, at the back of the book were photos of the people and events portrayed throughout the story. Also included are maps and family trees to give the reader the full story.

While I paid for a paper copy, this book is currently available through Kindle Unlimited.

For more about this author and their book, CLICK HERE.


“The author vividly captures the harshness of Nazi rule and the bravery of the Allied soldiers dedicated to the liberation of Italy. An intriguing and earnest… war tale.” –Kirkus Reviews

After he and his buddy survive the bloody landing on the beaches of Salerno, Frank Moster is more determined than ever to play a part in liberating his birth parents’ homeland from the Nazi scourge. What he doesn’t expect is that he’ll become personally involved with an Italian family whose lives are being ravaged, first by the German occupation and now by the brutal fighting and deadly bombings on the heels of the Allied invasion – or that, for the second time in his life, he’ll come face to face with the heartache and trauma of being orphaned at a very young age.

When all three of these forces collide at the Battle of San Pietro, lives will be changed forever and unbreakable bonds will be forged between families half a world apart.

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