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  1. Restoration: A Novel
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  2. Restoration: A Novel

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“A tremendous talent.”
Boston Globe

Restoration is an elegantly constructed work of fiction, seamlessly moving between the past and the present.”
—Ron Rash, bestselling author of Serena

Acclaimed novelist Olaf Olafsson brings us Restoration, a sweeping story of love tested by human frailty and the terrors and tragedies of war.  Departing from the landscapes of his native Iceland—so beautifully evoked in Absolution, The Journey Home, and other previous works—Olafson sets Restoration in the gorgeous Italian hills of Tuscany during the World War Two years of the early 1940s. He captivates readers with a deeply emotional story in the vein of The English Patient by Michael Ondaajte, Ian McEwan’s Atonement, and other contemporary literary classics, spinning a tale of passion, art, war, and betrayal centered around a pair of love triangles and a forged Caravaggio.

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Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) Alice, a wealthy English girl, marries Claudio Orsini, ten years her senior, much to the horror of her parents. With nave optimism, Alice and Claudio purchase a 3500-acre tumbledown Tuscan villa. Having entered a life she knows nothing about, Alice copes by teaching illiterate children.

Copenhagen Royal Academy of Art graduate, Kristin, travels to Italy to sketch the great sculptures. Marshall, a restorer of paintings, takes her under his wing. Although talented, she is trusting to a fault.

Kristin and Alice's lives intersect against the backdrop of war-torn Italy in 1944 and the mystique of the Tuscany region. For these women sexual dalliances have dire consequences. Paintings are not the only thing being restored in this novel. Fallible human beings seek redemption.

The author spins out his story by examining the remorseful self-examinations of both female characters. The frequently changing points of view reflect the unsettled lives of the... Read more
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) ...and by my title I don't mean anything graphic, but rather I admire the style and plot of this outstanding book. Against the background of WWII in Italy, this novel explores the themes of the loss of a child, adultery and its consequences on two women, and forgiveness or the lack thereof. The story's main characters are Alice, an English ex-patriate who is married to an Italian and is conflicted at adjusting to rural villa life, and Kristin, a Scandinavian neophyte artist in Rome who finds her painting career being side-tracked by her art restoration employment from her eventual lover. How Alice suffers with the aftermath of adultery, how Kristin plots revenge as the 'other woman' in an affair, and their intersection as war intrudes upon their lives make up the basics of this intricate yet believeable and highly readable novel.
I highly recommend this book.
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) It has been a while since I have read a book where the overall story was the star, and the characters were necessary components to reach the final page. I enjoyed "Restoration", by Olaf Olafsson, very much. The human failings and strengths of each character add shaded complexities to the horrific World War II story line. The contrast of the settings of glorious Tuscany and the destruction from bombing, killing and marauding invaders is piercing. There is no hero or heroine in this story, but a collection of people and lives that you hope will somehow be set to rights. There are secrets, betrayals, devastating loss, and mysteries which propel the characters toward resolutions and new beginnings. Alice is the wealthy daughter of a class-conscious British family. She shocks everyone by marrying Claudio, an entitled minor-landowner, and moving with him to Tuscany. They begin their life together in a once-beautiful villa in need of much repair. As they work side by side to build a dream... Read more
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