Lisa Scottoline

Eternal by Lisa Scottoline



What war destroys, only love can heal.



#1 bestselling author Lisa Scottoline offers a sweeping and shattering epic of historical fiction fueled by shocking true events, the tale of a love triangle that unfolds in the heart of Rome…in the creeping shadow of fascism.

What war destroys, only love can heal.

Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up as the best of friends despite their differences. Elisabetta is a feisty beauty who dreams of becoming a novelist; Marco the brash and athletic son in a family of professional cyclists; and Sandro a Jewish mathematics prodigy, kind-hearted and thoughtful, the son of a lawyer and a doctor. Their friendship blossoms to love, with both Sandro and Marco hoping to win Elisabetta’s heart. But in the autumn of 1937, all of that begins to change as Mussolini asserts his power, aligning Italy’s Fascists with Hitler’s Nazis and altering the very laws that govern Rome. In time, everything that the three hold dear–their families, their homes, and their connection to one another–is tested in ways they never could have imagined.

As anti-Semitism takes legal root and World War II erupts, the threesome realizes that Mussolini was only the beginning. The Nazis invade Rome, and with their occupation come new atrocities against the city’s Jews, culminating in a final, horrific betrayal. Against this backdrop, the intertwined fates of Elisabetta, Marco, Sandro, and their families will be decided, in a heartbreaking story of both the best and the worst that the world has to offer.

Unfolding over decades, Eternal is a tale of loyalty and loss, family and food, love and war–all set in one of the world’s most beautiful cities at its darkest moment. This moving novel will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of readers.

Praise for Eternal

Debut Novel from Francesca Serritella

Lisa's daughter, Francesca Serritella, with whom she has written their funny memoirs every summer, had her first novel published on May 5, 2020. Lisa couldn’t be prouder of her! She thinks you’ll love it too. She hopes you order it today.

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Ghosts of Harvard is written with a masterly, focused hand, belying the fact that this is Serritella’s debut novel. The pages burn with frenetic energy and are peopled by memorable, compelling characters. The tension is palpable, the twists and surprises perfectly timed and the stakes as high as humans should be asked to endure. The end result, a novel you will long remember and characters you will want to see again. A triumph in every respect.”
—#1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci

“Wow, what a lively, compelling, and intoxicating debut. Ghosts of Harvard is so many things—a rumination on grief, a glimpse behind the ivory walls of a famous institution, a poignant look at mental illness, and a powerful story about the ghosts that haunt us all. Francesca Serritella is my new ‘go-to’ author.”
—#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben

“Every time I thought I knew where Ghosts of Harvard was heading, I turned out to be wrong. Part mystery, part ghost story, part psychological thriller, this novel is all entertainment.”
—#1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult

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I was so moved, during my research trip in Rome, to discover the brass stones installed in front of the homes of Italian Jews who were victims of the Holocaust. The artist was Gunter Demnig, and the memorial is heartbreaking in its simplicity. #HolocaustMemorialDay

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I was so moved, during my research trip in Rome, to discover the brass stones installed in front of the homes of Italian Jews who were victims of the Holocaust. The artist was Gunter Demnig, and the memorial is heartbreaking in its simplicity. #HolocaustMemorialDay

I was so moved, during my research trip in Rome, to discover the brass stones installed in front of the homes of Italian Jews who were victims of the Holocaust. The artist was Gunter Demnig, and the memorial is heartbreaking in its simplicity. #HolocaustMemorialDay ... See MoreSee Less

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I, too, visited Rome and saw these brass stones in front of homes. Some lost multiple family members.

Thank you for sharing this. I'd never heard of this memorial. I would certainly never be able to see them. I pray people never forget what happened, or why it happened. God bless the survivors. The others are with God already.

That was such a horrible time in history. I read everything I can find about that period, not to be morbid, but because it needs to be told.

I went to a class on these stones. There are some in the US, Connecticut has 3.

Thank you for sharing. My niece lives in Rome, Italy with her family and loves it. She's a photojournalist and her work is usually on the front page of the NY Times. Her name is Nadia Shira Cohen.

I've come across these "stumble blocks" are all over Western Europe. They are such a moving tribute to those who were persecuted before and a reminder to not repeat that history. I find them both beautiful and chilling.

It is heartbreaking. This memorial is uplifting, though. I pray for everyone to never forget this horrible time in history. 🙏🙏

These brass stones are also at my Maternal Grandparents' home in Leibzig, Germany. I am the child of survivors, both Mother and Father.

I can’t believe I never knew about these! As you said, what beautiful & heartbreaking tributes. Thank you.

I was there and saw them. Very touching and quite emotional especially based on my family history. Makes it very real

Me too, and moved to find them outside homes in several European countries- it made the atrocities so personal for me!

When we went to Trieste Italy we took a tour of the concentration camp there. I was unaware that this happen in Italy. It was a very sobering and sad day. Most of the group on this trip were just silent on the bus ride back to our hotel. It was heartbreaking when you read what happened in Italy 🙏

Wow! I would love to know more about this. I will be looking up this artist and finding out more. Thanks for sharing, shall we never forget!

I was not aware of this lovely and touching memorial. Thank you.

We must never allow this to ever happen again. God hold these victims close.

Every time I watch a new video of yours about Eternal, I learn something new. I can’t wait to read this book. Last night’s video of the house turned prison was so moving.

I noticed them too. I've seen several shared on a Photos of Venice group today. Never forget.

Solperstein. I don’t think I spelled it correctly. And I apologize for that. They have a Facebook page. And yes, it’s moving that they are doing this. We must never allow this to be forgotten. Never.

Yes! We saw the Stolpersteines on several sidewalks in Amsterdam.

This is very classy and appropriate. Thanks for sharing this small wonder of art and humanity!

We saw them in Amsterdam and other places as well. A sobering find anywhere 🙁

What a loving and beautiful tribute.

Henry winkler showed his family’s on “Better Lake Than Never” LOVED the show & showing their ancestry! Did not know about these stones before!

Thank you for sharing this simple, yet beautiful tribute.

Have you seen the Shoes on the Danube memorial in Budapest? Google it, if not. Would bring you to tears.

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