Port of No Return by Michelle Saftich is a book based in Germany occupied Italy.
I was skeptical when I started reading the book because I wasn’t sure what to expect. A new author and a story on WWII. Not my cup of tea really. But I wanted to try something out of my comfort zone. I started the book and was engrossed within 15 minutes!
The year is 1944 and the story is about a couple Contessa and Ettore Saforo who find themselves in a tumultuous time. Based in German occupied Italy, Port of No Return is about a couple who are forced to seek shelter due to threats of the Yugoslav Army. The couple are soon separated and live their life as displaced persons. The story focuses basically on how they struggle to find each other to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of a devastating war.
I think the author- Michelle Saftich has done a great job. For a first time, I was pleasantly surprised by her crisp writing style and heart-wrenching plot. For me, the best part was it was less historical in terms of war and more about the people.
I learnt a lot about Yugoslavia thanks to this book. I’d easily rate it a 4/5. Its a good plot for a movie 😉 It has a good plot, packed with action, true love and lots of drama. Michelle has done a superb job of getting the story at a time when the world faces similar crisis situations.
Michelle Saftich is a first-time author who resides in Brisbane, Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business/Communications Degree, majoring in journalism, from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). For the past 20 years, she has worked in communications, including print journalism, sub-editing, communications management and media relations. She is married with two children.