Vittorio's Journey

An Italian Immigrant's Story


"Hello Ms. Rappini

I wanted to reach out to you. Just to say thank you for the amazing book you wrote. I don't normally do this, but I felt I needed to reach out to you. I felt I've known your family all my life through your book, your book affected me in a way I haven't felt by reading a book. I'm an Italian who came to Canada when I was 5 yrs. Old (1972), but my father came here in the 50's. I also had an uncle who was a POW held in the US (San Francisco). Your book really touched me, because it showed us what your father actually went through plus we saw what it was like to be living in Italy at that time and experienced the destruction of war.

We are Calabrese, so our family didn't experience the destruction of the big cities since, we come for a small remote village in Calabria."

Sincerely, Nick Donato

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“I want very much to express my admiration for your memoir about your father. It was very well written, with special care devoted to the selection of vocabulary for the account. I especially admired the research that went into aspects of your father’s history in the Italian navy, in submarine work. You related it in a very clear and understandable manner. I am thoroughly pleased with your book. Please continue with your writing. With all my best wishes and kindest regards.”

Joseph V. Ricapito, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, Louisiana State University

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"Vittorio's Journey is very professionally written with many descriptive details. The book was so interesting that I found it difficult to put down. I learned a great deal about World War 11 especially as it related to Italy, with it's disastrous effect on so many families. This is a personal story of tragedy and triumph that won't easily be forgotten"

Percy Beaudette

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“I loved the book, it is an enjoyable and easy read, with such great description, it makes you feel you are travelling along side him. Bravo on a job well done”

Gail D.

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“Wow Ruth, I finished your book and it was absolutely fantastic! I couldn't put it down, seriously, what a wonderful job you did. Your father had a fascinating life and you did such a great job of showing the reader both the good times and tragic times that he lived through. I loved how descriptive you were, especially when talking about Italy - I felt like I was right there with your family. I also really enjoyed the historical information on the war years from Italy's perspective since most of what I have read before has been from a Canadian view. Also really loved how the opening chapters set the stage for the rest of the book and the final chapters wrapped everything up with a bow. Fantastic read, I've already recommended it to others!”

Stephanie E.

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“Ruth, I finished reading your book last night & wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed the story and can only imagine the effort you put into piecing your fathers early life experiences together, let alone authoring his incredible story. Your father’s life story is an incredible testament of unwavering persistent pursuit of building a better life for himself and ultimately his family in a completely new country, a taunting challenge no doubt! The consistent theme of maintaining ties to his family and friends back in Italy throughout his life is truly inspiring and something most of us don't put enough effort into these days, even with it being so much easier today. I truly enjoyed the story, the writing style and pace.”

Mark S.

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“I like the historical value of your book. I think it is easier for students to learn about historical events by reading such an interesting book, as opposed to memorizing dates and events.”

Joan S.

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“Couldn’t put it down once I got started… It was insightful to see Europe, the war and its impact through a young man’s eyes, and then see the determination and eventual success of an immigrant in Canada. Well done.”

Andrew B.

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“This is a fascinating story! The book is well written and very readable, and the story is incredible! I liked the way you pieced together the story with dialogue, research and details of daily life.If you like history, personal stories of triumph over hardship, or memoirs in general, give this one a go!”

Jen P.