Love in the Land of Barefoot Soldiers

A Novel

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The year is 1935 and twenty-something Ceseli Larson, a young American woman from New York, has arrived in Ethiopia to study the lost ruins of Axum. A scholar of early writing of Christianity, she hopes to find the possible resting place of the Ark of the Covenant and the long-forgotten archaeological secrets that lie within. What she does not count on is that Benito Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia is about to be unleashed, sending her already dangerous journey into chaos.
On her way to the capital, Addis Ababa, Ceseli meets a young Italian doctor, Mario, and she begins to fall in love with his idealism and disdain for the fascist rule of his homeland. When she becomes an unwilling witness and participant in a bloody battle between barefoot Ethiopian soldiers and Italian fascists, Ceseli finds herself forced to pick a side.
Love in the Land of Barefoot Soldiers is a sweeping tale of romance and war, as Ceseli is caught in the fog of war while falling deeply in love with Marco, an Italian doctor, and volunteer for the Ethiopian Red Cross.Love in the Land of Barefoot Soldiers is a sweeping tale of romance and war, as Ceseli is caught in the fog of war while falling deeply in love with Marco, an Italian doctor, and volunteer for the Ethiopian Red Cross.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (September 2018)
  • Length: 264 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781510730380

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Raves and Reviews

"A heartbreaking story of what happened when the mighty powers at the League of Nations played ostrich for Fascist Italy's rape of Ethiopia, when they could have stopped Mussolini with his mustard gas and bombing of Red Cross hospitals. Vieta's novel is a lesson in the dangers of non-involvement. It brought tears to my eye." —Marvin Kitman, American television critic, humorist, columnist, and Pulitzer Prize finalist

"Well written, expertly and realistically portrayed. Ceseli's fatalistic, heartfelt love affair is skillfully absorbing."—Reviewed in The Mindquest Review of Books, by Lightword Publishing

“Historically, the Italian invasion in 1935 was a brutal and devastating period for Ethiopia. We were not prepared to lose hundreds of thousands of people. It was an overwhelming loss for my country and for my family. My thanks to Frances Vieta for telling this story.” —Yohannes Mengesha, former UN Assistant Secretary-General and great-grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie I

"A heartbreaking story of what happened when the mighty powers at the League of Nations played ostrich for Fascist Italy's rape of Ethiopia, when they could have stopped Mussolini with his mustard gas and bombing of Red Cross hospitals. Vieta's novel is a lesson in the dangers of non-involvement. It brought tears to my eye." —Marvin Kitman, American television critic, humorist, columnist, and Pulitzer Prize finalist

"Well written, expertly and realistically portrayed. Ceseli's fatalistic, heartfelt love affair is skillfully absorbing."—Reviewed in The Mindquest Review of Books, by Lightword Publishing

“Historically, the Italian invasion in 1935 was a brutal and devastating period for Ethiopia. We were not prepared to lose hundreds of thousands of people. It was an overwhelming loss for my country and for my family. My thanks to Frances Vieta for telling this story.” —Yohannes Mengesha, former UN Assistant Secretary-General and great-grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie I