War Serenade by Jill Wallace is a romance inspired by real-life events, with a setting against the backdrop of WWII. Pietro is a pilot who gets shot down during WWII and almost loses his life. He finds himself in a prisoner of war camp in South Africa and endures very inhumane conditions. Then Pietro sees Iris and in her a secret hope, a love that promises tomorrow. He is in love and will do anything to win her. Iris has her plans too, but the moment she sets eyes on Pietro through prison bars, she is certain her heart will know no peace without him. But will they find the freedom to nurture their love in a hostile environment and under the watchful eyes of a tyrant who had once courted Iris? This is a tale filled with grittiness, a realistic story of war that features memorable characters. It is hard to read this story without being moved by the way the author explores human nature, especially what it takes to thrive through the grimmest form of adversity. Pietro is a complex character, well imagined and accomplished to provoke powerful emotions in readers. His frustrations, his fears, his zest for life easily rub off on the reader. There are elements of suspense in this narrative and the author uses them to sustain the reader’s interest. Jill Wallace has imagined a compelling story against a relevant historical setting, and built a conflict that enriches every aspect of the narrative. War Serenade is a tale of adversity and resilience, as entertaining as it is inspiring. You’ll love the characters and thrill of adventure this tale inspires.
— Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Set against the backdrop of a complex WWII environment in South Africa, War Serenade by Jill Wallace follows a delightful romance that is as thrilling as it is beautifully written. The pilot had once been an Italian opera singer. Now a pilot, Pietro almost loses his life when his plane is shot down during WWII. But the most challenging experience is when he finds himself a prisoner of war in a camp in South Africa. But the moment he meets Iris is when everything changes. He knows life will have no meaning without her. She knows it’s a very risky game to play, but she can’t resist Pietro. Can they succeed in taking their attraction beyond what they feel, and how about the suspicious bully who runs the camp, the man who has his eyes set on Iris? Jill Wallace is a great storyteller who creates a world that is real and captivating. I enjoyed how the author weaves elements of history, notably aspects of WWII, into the narrative. The story offers readers realistic images of what life was like in a prisoner of war camp. The romance is well developed and I enjoyed the fact that the characters can’t meet freely. I was obsessed with learning what would happen next, following their every step, and at times feeling their heartbeats. The prose is beautiful and tight. The characters are elaborately developed, real and compelling. War Serenade features characters that are irresistible, a plot that allows readers powerful glimpses of what war can do to people and how it thwarts destinies. A lovely read, indeed.
— Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Deep rich characters. The author demonstrates an incredible knowledge of the subject matter. A great read! Highly recommended!
— Frank Giaramita
Absolutely loved this book. A real page turner with rich well developed characters and a “can’t put this book down” plot. I am looking forward to
Ms. Wallaces’ next novel and War Serenade the movie!
— Kathryn S.
BRAVA! I want an encore! What a lovely first novel Ms. Wallace! Masterfully told, this is a fantastic read start to finish leaving readers wanting for more. Sequel? Series? Screenplay?That the story is based on true events and characters is even more spectacular. A historical novel in a place and time I knew little about, I was so pleased to find this gem of book. I’ll be buying more copies for Christmas presents to share the love.
— maryannfaithful
Loved, loved, loved this book! Jill Wallace has gifted us with a masterpiece that absolutely must be made into a movie. As I was reading her book, I felt like I was actually there, personally knew all the characters, and experienced all their emotions. She writes with words that paint pictures in your mind. It is a must-read for anyone that likes a great love story set in a period piece of a war-torn country. War Serenade is one of the few books that I was sad to have finished reading, but I know that I will reread and enjoy again and again!
— Joni OConnell
This is a book that you just can’t put down. The author writes with an artist’s brush. As you read, you can visualize everything. It’s as if you’re standing there in the shadows watching everything happen. I can’t wait to read her next book.
— Charles Stevenson
If you liked “The English Patient” you will love “War Serenade”
— Glenn Benest, Award Winning Screenplay Writer
A love story for the ages.
— Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times Bestselling Author
Jill Wallace has penned a love story for the ages, rich with detail and well-drawn characters. Fans of World War II romance are going to fall in love with this author.
— Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times Bestselling Author
I feel like I just lost my best friends now that I finished reading this incredible story of World War II history and romance. This book reminded me of The Thorn Birds, one of my all-time favorite novels, and I know this fast-paced, moving story will soon be a blockbuster movie. ... Author Jill Wallace writes prose as poetry.
— Debra Shannon, Freelance Journalist
With its intricately woven plot, well-developed characters, and depth of internal dialogue, readers are sure to fall in love with Jill Wallace’s debut book and look forward, as I will, to more from this gifted new voice.
— Lee Rhuday
Very well written! The writer’s style draws you in so you care for her characters. The humor is exceptional and the “South Africanisms” are very entertaining. Can’t wait for her next book!
— D. Hughes