ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: July 11, 2019
The Sound of the Hours
Divided by loyalties, brought together by war
September, 1943. Tuscany, Italy.
In the hilltop town of Barga, everyone holds their breath. Even the bells fall silent. Everything Vittoria Guidi knows and loves is at risk. German troops occupy the mountains around her home, as America’s Buffalo Soldiers prepare to invade. As Vittoria’s country is torn in two, so is her conscience. Should she side with her Scots-Italian father or her Fascist mother? Should she do what she is told – or what she believes in?
Frank Chapel, a young, black American soldier fighting with the Buffalo soldiers for a country that refuses him the vote, is unlike anyone Vittoria has ever met. In the chaos, they find each other – but can their growing love overcome prejudice and war?
Karen Campbell is a graduate of Glasgow University’s renowned Creative Writing Masters, and author of The Twilight Time, After the Fire, Shadowplay, Proof of Life and, most recently, This Is Where I Am, which was a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime. A former police officer, and council PR, Karen Campbell won the Best New Scottish Writer Award in 2009. She lives in Galloway, Scotland. www.karencampbell.co.uk