Renzo Crespi is a young Italian soldier serving in Italian-occupied Corsica during World War II. The locals aren’t always pleasant with the occupying troops, particularly a young woman by the name of Adrienne Santi. Adrienne is the granddaughter of the wealthiest and most influential man in the area, and she is not happy to be serving soldiers who are not native to Corsican soil … until she meets Renzo.
This book is very personal to me. Some of these poems are about things that Ive experienced, and encountered in my life. I decided to put it on paper, share it for the world to read, and to follow my dream. I hope that my poem touches readers out there. God bless April Mitchell Gatewood
Renzo and Adrienne fall in love, despite the possibility of terrible consequence. Their sin is fraternizing with the enemy; if their affair is discovered, Renzo could be court-martialed. Adrienne has much to lose as well, as her behavior could be seen as a betrayal to her country— especially in the eyes of the Maquisards, a rebel group hell-bent on liberating Corsica at any cost.
It’s not long before the evils of war threaten to overtake Renzo and Adrienne’s love. The Maquisards are ready to act, and soon Renzo and his Italian comrades find themselves in the middle of upheaval. Is love strong enough to survive a military coup? Only time will tell if either of the star-crossed lovers will live long enough to find out. It is a test of devotion, patriotism, and morality, as Italian and Corsican alike fight for their own versions of freedom.