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The American author Carlos Rubio got a book review on the website called “A Well Read Woman”

The American author Carlos Rubio got a book review on the website called “A Well Read Woman”: www.aprillwood.wordpress.com. The book review is also published on Goodreads, Amazon, A Well Read Woman Facebook page (1488 followers), April Wood Facebook account (962 friends) and A Well Read Woman Twitter account (1543 followers).

Forgotten Objects is a historical women’s fiction that details the remarkable life of a simple woman named Anna D’Amio. Anna’s life takes several major turns, from Italy, to Cuba, and finally the United States. She escapes war, marries three times, experiences love and loss, and births twin daughters. All along, love keeps her going, and the acceptance of whatever fate has to offer her. She seizes multiple opportunities, and meets people along the way who leave an indelible impact on her life.

While a fictitious story, Forgotten Objects is rich with political and social history and can be enjoyed by history buffs and fans of women’s fiction alike.

Here what April Wood wrote about the book:

My initial impression was that this was Anna’s mother, Francesca’s story, as until chapter 4, the story detailed Francesca’s background. Upon reading further, I realized that the author has a love for backstory, as every character, no matter how minor, had a complete detailed history. While I appreciated the attention to detail, sometimes it was a bit much…. (Did I really need to know the entire life story of the Priest who married Anna and Giacoma?)

Fortunately, I liked the characters, (yes even Benito, the former fighter turned Priest), and was met with a bit of nostalgia when they were reintroduced into the plot later in the story. It is probably of no surprise, that my favorite character was Anna, who seemed so simple and yet led such an impactful life. I was impressed with her abilities to bounce back from tragedy, and always managed to land on her feet. Her story is inspiring.

My favorite scene in this novel was when she was preparing for her wedding to Harold, and she receives a letter from someone from her past. I am being vague in order not to reveal any spoilers, but I was surprised with the decision she made. I thought for sure she would reunite with this person! Actually, I wanted this to happen!

This story isn’t predictable in the sense that you know what will happen next, but it does follow a historical timetable, bringing fact to fiction. I would recommend this novel to fans of historical fiction, with a strong emphasis on a woman’s life experiences.

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Forgotten Objects, by Carlos Rubio was a finalist in the Reader’s Favorite book awards for 2015

We want to let you know that Forgotten Objects, by the American author Carlos Rubio was a finalist in the Reader’s Favorite book awards for 2015. The category is Historical Fiction — Personage. Nearly 300 authors and guests attend the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Ceremony in Miami each year from as far away as Pakistan, Australia, Brazil, Peru, Israel, Switzerland, Singapore, India, the UK and more. Guest speakers have been industry experts and celebrities like Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky & Hutch), Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America) and Dete Meserve, president of Wind Dancer films (Home Improvement, What Women Want).

Authors are recognized on stage and presented with physical award medals, then mingle and enjoy a buffet dinner. Staff photographers take free photos of the authors on stage and in front of our awards backdrop. Media is often present taking pictures, video and interviewing authors.

Here the book review by Kathryn Bennett for Readers’ Favorite:

Forgotten Objects by Carlos Rubio introduces us to the life of Anna d’Amio who is the daughter of Louis and Francesca d’Amio, opera singers. The trail follows them from Mussolini’s Italy to the city of Pittsburgh during the roaring time of the mid-sixties. You will follow the story through three main sections of time and place; Italy, Cuba and the United States of America.

Anna has a pretty exciting life in search of fame and fortune, and while looking for that, she finds the love of a second husband and family.

This was an interesting and touching story put together in a way that I have not seen before. The format of the book, the way the story is told, and how the end of it finds us with letters and other objects – what a touching way to tell a story. Carlos Rubio has found a magical way to tell a story of love, life and what you do when everything goes pear shaped. I cannot imagine having to flee not one but two countries due to war and things like communism. The ebb and flow of this book is perfect and there was not a single moment wasted. I felt connected and in touch with Anna and her story throughout the entire book. If you are looking for a book that is emotional, touching and will bring you into the world of the characters, this is a good read. Sit down, open up and be ready to enjoy yourself for hours because you will not want to put this book down (Readers’ Favorite).

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The author Carlos Rubio got a book review on the Historical Novel Society website

The author Carlos Rubio got a book review on the Historical Novel Society website for his novel entitled Forgotten Objects (Editions Dedicaces). The book review was written by Anne McNulty. The HNS was founded in the UK in 1997. At first it was conceived of as something of a campaigning society, because historical fiction was in the doldrums then. Or at least that was the perception.

Over the last 17 years they have become very much an international society. They aim to review all US and UK mainstream published titles, and as many other English language books as they can. Ideally they would also love to cover foreign language titles. Here is the book review:

Rubio’s sumptuously detailed novel follows the life of Anne d’Amio, the daughter of opera singers Louis and Francesca d’Amio, and the story spans the bulk of the 20th century. It stretches from Anne’s departure from Mussolini’s Italy to her marriage to a wealthy Pittsburgh industrialist many years older than herself, to her widowhood and immigration to Cuba. There, she eventually marries a wealthy tobacco planter, only to watch their settled life torn apart by the island’s Communist revolution. With her husband dead and her prospects in Castro’s Cuba curtailed, she first sends her two children to foster homes in America, and then emigrates there herself, friendless and utterly adrift. “It is impossible to escape one’s destiny,” a character tells Anne early on, and Rubio’s long and ambitious narrative is a detailed piecing-together of what that destiny means for Anne and her children.

The book’s descriptions of its many historical settings – and the vivid sensory details Anne registers in her travels – are often quite powerfully done, and the historical research undergirding the whole story (including many aspects of Cuban history that will be unfamiliar to many readers) is well-handled throughout. A very solid novel.

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