It was like I was parched and By Any Other Name quenched my thirst with a big dose of WOW.
I love when Ms. Darhower writes mafia stories because I know her books are going to hit the spot, for me. By Any Other Name is a modern day Romeo and Juliet, in the fact, it’s about the forbidden love of two people from feuding families.
New York is controlled by five crime families: the Galantes, the Barsantis, the Amaros, the Genevas and the Calabreses. For a brief passing moment the Chicago crime family, the DeMarcos, are mentioned. I love that they were mentioned because it automatically made me think about Sempre. It’s just noted in a conversation and does not play a role in the story. So, it’s not neccessary for you to have read Sempre to be able to read this book.
An incident took place 16 years ago that started a rivalry between the Galantes and the Barsantis. To this day, these two powerhouses stay in their own territory to prevent war. Only problem is when a chance meeting between Genna Galante & Matty Barsanti occurs with neither one realizing the other’s last name. Like their counterparts, Romeo and Juliet, they have a quick connection to each other.
The rivalry between the two crime families, Galante and Barsanti, had me conflicted. One moment I supported the one family and the next I was 100% with the other family. Part way through, I decided, I had no clue which family was in the right and which was in wrong. Therefore, I resolved to stay neutral on which family was justified in their actions until the rest of the puzzle on why they are fighting is revealed.
One of my favorite relationships in this book was Genna and her older brother, Dante. The reason I enjoyed it so much was because it reminds me of my own kids relationship. My son is responsible to make sure his sister arrives to and from her activities safely just as Dante was responsible for Genna. My kid’s bond was formed when they were little and my daughter relied heavily on her brother because he was the only one who could understand what she was saying… he always knew and would speak for her. Genna and Dante’s bond was formed in those early years too. It was like the author looked into our family, minus the mafia stuff, and captured the essences of the older brother protecting the younger sister aspect. ”You’re my little sister. It’s my job to look after you.” -Dante
While, I wouldn’t classify the ending as a cliffhanger I would say it’s more like the story is unsettled. We are left with loose ends that need resolution. I’m longing for book two and the anticipation on when it will be released has me like a fat kid in a candy store.
One final note. At the end of last Ms. Darhower announced she was releasing a new book and I was excited because, ”As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.” –Winnie the Pooh
I LOVE her mafia books. READ THIS BOOK!
Release date: 2/23/2015
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