Title: Beneath a Scarlet Sky
Author: Mark Sullivan
Genre: Historical Fiction, but based on a true story
Release Date: May 2017
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“We never know what will happen next, what we will see, and what important person will come into our life, or what important person we will lose. Life is change, constant change, and unless we are lucky enough to find comedy in it, change is nearly always a drama, if not a tragedy. But after everything, and even when the skies turn scarlet and threatening, I still believe that if we are lucky enough to be alive, we must give thanks for the miracle of every moment of every day no matter how flawed.”
What an incredible book!
When I first picked up this book, I had no idea what to expect. I’ll admit I hadn’t even read the synopsis; I just started reading it based on a recommendation. But once I started reading, I quickly realized I couldn’t put it down! This is a truly captivating tale of bravery and perseverance. Throughout the story, Pino takes on one seemingly impossible task after another and faces so much devastation, tragedy, and unspeakable horrors, it will leave you wondering how much can one person really handle. I have a feeling that I’m going to be thinking about this book and the characters in it for months. The fact that it is based on a true story is awe-inspiring to me.
I recently made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t buy anymore physical books unless it is something I really enjoyed and plan to re-read. At least until I can afford a house with a large private library (and wouldn’t THAT be nice?!?), I have limited bookshelf space so it has to be a special kind of book to earn a spot on my shelves. For now, I’m going to try out new books on my Kindle or borrow them from my library. That way I can continue to read new books without breaking this promise. Not long after finishing Beneath a Scarlet Sky, the book got added to my Christmas list and I already know that if I don’t get it as a gift, I’ll definitely buy myself a copy for my bookshelf. So as it turns out, I’m going to be starting off this blog with a perfect 5/5 score.