Blog Tour Stop: The Evelyn Project





A loving father's cry for help gets into the wrong hands, and a hundred years later things get out of control.Evelyn's father did everything in his power to save his dying daughter, black magic included. But when a century later his plea for help gets into the wrong hands, all hell breaks loose. Caught in the slippery battlefield between the Vatican and a cult that wants to change the past, a young Italian professor and a beautiful French actress are too busy running away from murder and conspiracy to let physical attraction develop into love.And it further complicates things when Her Majesty's Secret Service decides to take an interest in what everyone else is doing to pull some strings of its own.Love that lasts through the veils of time, a mystery, and a race to end a conspiracy, "The Evelyn Project" is a story that will stir both your heart and your intellect.


About the Author:

 
Kfir Luzzatto was born and raised in Italy, and moved to Israel as a teenager. He acquired the love for the English language from his father, a former U.S. soldier, a voracious reader and a prolific writer. Kfir has a PhD in chemical engineering and works as a patent attorney.

He lives in Omer, Israel, with his full-time partner, Esther, their four children, Michal, Lilach, Tamar and Yonatan, and the dog Elvis. He has won numerous awards for his writing.


Guest Post

“What Inspired You To Write “The Evelyn Project?”


“I am always taken by surprise when a story line somehow finds its way into my consciousness and, once settled there, demands to be written. Then I'm stuck with it, whether I like it or not. And, unfortunately, those story ideas don't come equipped with a well thought-out plot; instead, you get this rather fuzzy but nagging image that won't go away until the story is fully developed. This is what happened to me with The Evelyn Project.


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Kfir Luzzatto

Evelyn (or, rather Evelina, as she was named in my native Italy) was my great aunt. She died of tuberculosis in 1894. She was only 26 years old. My great-grandfather was an influential politician who left no stone unturned to try to save his daughter and got her the best medical care that was available at the turn-of-the-century, among which praying was probably the most effective measure.

Evelyn's studio portrait, which I used in the book cover, hangs on the wall beside my writing desk. My second daughter, Lilach, is her living image and her 26th birthday is approaching fast. That might have been a catalyst for me to write the book, although the sad story of Evelyn's death was always a part of my family's ethos; I must've sucked it in with my milk because I can't remember the first time her name was mentioned. When my parents died I was left with the responsibility to make sure that my family history would not be forgotten. That entailed a lot of reading in books, documents and letters, which brought Evelyn's figure increasingly to life for me. I learned of her warm relation with her father through letters she had written to him, and I discovered more than I already knew about my great-grandfather's devotion to her.

Throughout my reading and learning one persistent thought kept popping up in my head: today her death would have been an unnecessary tragedy; with readily-available antibiotics an otherwise healthy young woman would not have succumbed to her illness. So what if it was possible to go back in time and save her using medical technology commonly available today? It is probable that saving Evelyn's life would not have changed the course of history (contrary to what many science fiction books would predict), but even if it did, preventing her father's private hell would have been well worth the price.

Having got emotionally involved in her story I realized that I had to do more than just sit there and shake my head in sorrow. I couldn't just let Evelyn fade away in those yellowing papers. I had to do right by her (whatever that meant). My investigation of Evelyn's misfortune allowed me to put myself in my great-grandfather's shoes, to feel the emotions that he must have felt (he was approximately my age when Evelyn died) and to test the length to which a father would go in an attempt, no matter how futile, to save his child.

Overall, writing this book turned out to be an exceptionally emotional journey for me. Sometimes I felt ashamed that I was enjoying writing it. Instead of dishing out a uniformly gloomy piece I was writing a fast-paced thriller that, beside the suspense, also has its hilarious moments.

This is not the first time that inspiration has come to me like an assignment from above without any real control from my side. I have learned not to fight the impulse and, instead, to embrace it and to allow myself to be taken on an emotional roller coaster ride without a clear vision of where the journey is likely to end.

I don't believe in stereotyping ghosts, so I won't say that I recognize Evelyn's hand or my great-grandfather's stick behind my urge to write the story. It is true, however, that now I feel much closer to them than I did before; they have assumed characters and a presence so real that at times it feels as if we had actually met. I often wondered whether they would have grudged me the use I made of their characters in a commercial book, but something tells me that if they can see us they understand that this is my way to give Evelyn some of the life she has been denied, even if only on paper.

But this is not only about Evelyn. My great-grandfather was no less of a victim to her disease than she was. The Evelyn Project is my tribute to them both.



Review:

I always love stories that are told from different point of views, and with more story-lines that are at the end connected into one epic story. It's quite tricky to weave together stories of different people into one plot, and to have a good timing, so that the story doesn't lose its dynamics. It's indeed not easy, but when done well it's an amazing experience. And I'm happy to say that when it comes to The Evelyn Project, everything was executed really well.
The story is quite complicated and full of characters, but it's written well, so it's easy for the reader to remember all of them. 

Franco, the main character, was a likeable guy. Even though he was at first a bit naive and at times so easy to manipulate. But he was a genuinely good man. Slowly he became more confident, energetic, and less scared in every way.
When it comes to Eva, another important character, I wasn't sure about her at first. But quickly I became fond of her and I enjoyed her mischievous, yet very open and honest (well, with some exceptions:)) personality. At first she seemed overly feminine and a bit of an attention whore, but in fact she was a strong, brave, and intelligent young woman.

I also very much enjoyed the setting. London, Switzerland, and many places in Italy!

All in all this was an exciting story with likeable characters. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good suspense novel and enjoys books by Dan Brown or Stieg Larsson. 

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Giveaway:

I received an extra copy (thank you!) for giveaway! :) So of course it's international and it ends on September 12. Good luck! :)


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8 comments:

Veronika said...

Sounds like an amazing book! I loved the review! I agree, I like reading a story from different POV!

Deb said...

What an outstanding review of "The Evelyn Project!" This would make anyone want to get the book for a weekend read! Thank you.
Deborah/TheBookishDame

GW said...

The review of this book seems okay to me.

ChrissieB said...

Looks like a amazing story. I do genealogy and I can understand what the author is saying. I have old photos of my family Some who died in the flu pandemic of 1918 at a young age. Today they would have survived.

DMS said...

This sounds like a captivating story. Your review was great and very helpful. I loved hearing where the author got his ideas from. How fascinating! Awesome guest post. I definitely want to read this one. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. :)
~Jess

Petra said...

Thank you all. :)

I love the guest post, too. It gave the story another dimension.

Brandy Corona said...

Thank you for the giveaway!!

Emma said...

the story sounds very interesting thank you for the
giveaway,looking forward to reading it!!

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