Wanderers No More + Giveaway

Book Details:

Book Title: Wanderers No More by Michelle Saftich
Category: Adult Fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Release date: August 2017
Tour dates: Oct 23 to Nov 3, 2017
Content Rating: PG (Very little bad language (if any), kissing, references to sex but nothing actual or explicit, some violence in the way of school bullying - no major adult themes like abortion or suicide etc.)

Book Description:

The war may be over, but the fight to belong is just the beginning.

Left homeless, starving, and almost killed by the Second World War, the Saforo family are refugees fleeing Italy for a better life. The shores of Australia are calling to them and they head off, packing dreams of jobs, a home and… soccer.

But from the moment they get off the boat, adapting to the Australian way of life is harder than it seems. Their family doesn’t speak right, eat right or even look right. As they struggle to build a simple life against the backdrop of 1950s’ racism, they start to wonder if they will be outsiders forever.

A true family affair, Wanderers No More will make you laugh, remind you of your family, and warm your heart.

To follow the blog tour and read reviews, please visit Michelle Saftich's page on Italy Book Tours.

My Review

Mrs. Saftich crafts a beautiful story of a loving family, who endures hardship only to find a home. To quote Martino "They came with a suitcase and their dreams and finally brought a house. And in the land of kangaroos, amongst the hard work, the learning of a language and the sharing of cultures, they established a home. That's what it was all about."

I did not know that this was the sequel to Port of No Return. This book did not read like a sequel. This is a good thing for readers like me who have not read the first book as this book can be read as a stand alone novel.

Instantly, I fell in love with the Saforo family. All of the family members were great in their own way. Although, I had a soft spot for Martino and Nonna. I loved when Martino would be feel down and Nonna would sneak him a piece of chocolate. Then there was the point in the story when Martino overcame a horrific accident.

The story takes the Saforo family form the 1950's to 1979. It was nice to see the progression from the family starting out and learning about their new homeland to becoming established and loved by many. A truly heartfelt story that will touch you long after you have finished the last page.

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Meet the Author:

Michelle Saftich resides in Brisbane, Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business/Communications Degree, majoring in journalism, from the Queensland University of Technology.

For the past 20 years, she has worked in communications, including print journalism, sub-editing, communications management and media relations.

Born and raised in Brisbane, she spent 10 years living in Sydney; and two years in Osaka, Japan, where she taught English.

Her historical fiction novel, Port of No Return, was inspired by a true family story. It was published by Australian independent publishing house, Odyssey Books in 2015. Its sequel, Wanderers No More was released in August 2017. Michelle is married with two children.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Unknown said…
Thank you for your lovely review. I'm glad you were touched by the story and the characters. Nonna is hard not to love. Best regards.

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