The Hatch – quotes from reviews (as published on Amazon Australia, Goodreads or Readers’ Favorite). Full reviews on Goodreads, click here:

Goodreads, Bibiana Krall: The Hatch by Michelle Saftich is an imaginative story that takes you beyond the Milky Way to deep space and beyond. The themes of family struggle, hard choices, and the cost of corrupt leadership feel very current and important to consider. Full review

Goodreads, Shell: With disaster looming, Britta must trust in her abilities and her allies to have any hope of breaking free from the conspiracy that surrounds her. There were parts that made me smile, parts that made me sad, all packaged within a tense and exciting story that had me tearing through the pages. I read this book in one day, as I did not want to put it down. I also did not want it to end and would love to read more about Britta and her adventures.

Readers’ Favorite Reviewer Cheryl Schopen gave The Hatch “four stars”. Her critique: 

In this sci-fi adventure, we are introduced to a futuristic world to which readers will surprisingly relate. There are organizations and leaders we may not always agree with, but sometimes we have to rely on them for the resources they provide. Britta is also very relatable. At heart, she is just a girl who misses her mom and wants to do everything she can to save her brother from the same fate as her mom. What I also really loved about this story is the world that was created. We are familiar with Earth, but we also get visions of traveling through space and this other planet that we can only dream of. I just really enjoyed being able to immerse myself in a
fictional world that didn’t seem so fictional. And the plot! I went through a rollercoaster of emotions, especially toward the end. I found myself smiling from ear to ear, and I also found myself wanting to scream with rage. And if a book can make me feel any emotion that strongly, I know it’s a good one. So, I must thank Michelle Saftich for writing The Hatch and making me want more and more of it. Full Review with all category star ratings.

Goodreads, Clare: The mix of science and psychology is entrancing, the world-building is insanely realistic (so easy to imagine Earth ending up this way!), and the characters feel like friends for life. If you love smart and emotionally satisfying sci-fi, this is for you. I couldn’t put this book down…

Amazon Customer: I really enjoyed the storyline, the concepts and the characters in this book. It would make a good movie.


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Wanderers No More – quotes from reviews below or click here for full reviews on Goodreads:

Leila: Wow. This was not my typical read but I am so glad I tried it! I loved following Martino and his family on their journey and learning about the experience, the trials and the success each family member went through. There were parts that were nail biting; parts that had me in fear, holding my breath; suspense; romance; and sadness. A true rollercoaster of emotions. This really truly was an amazing read with the most fitting title ever.

 Carla: This is a truly amazing story of hope, compassion and faith. Leaving your home in search of a better future for your children is never easy. It is so important for us as their descendants to understand and appreciate their struggles. This is a definite must read book.

Cheryl: I did not know that this was the sequel to Port of No Return. This book did not read like a sequel. This is a good thing for readers like me who have not read the first book as this book can be read as a stand alone novel.


Port of No Return – quotes from reviews below or click here for full reviews on Goodreads:

 Polly Halicki: World-changing events in World War II Italy form the basis of this sensitively-written novel. Even when the war ends, northern Italy is threatened by Tito and the Yugoslavs wanting the territory, which forces Ettore and Contessa to consider leaving their beloved country… her attention to detail is acute and historically accurate. Historical fiction at its best, and I would recommend this book.

Mirella: The author did a wonderful job of describing the effects of the war, along with the history of how that area of Italy was affected. This novel is definitely worth reading, especially for those whose roots are deeply embedded in Italy, like me! Recommended!

Ron Camp: This story takes place in Italy during the end of WWII. You follow 3 families thru a journey to reclaim their lives. They have lost everything including family members. The story holds your interest and keeps you turning page to find out how each family member will do and what the outcome will be for them. This is a book worth reading…

Italo Italophiles review: The author tries to lighten the war scenes with the humanity of the family members and their friends, which is indeed touching. There is a strong sentimentality in the book, a touching sweetness that the omniscient narrator spreads across several of the characters. Toward the end of the book, many of those characters are the children who have grown up too quickly in their dire circumstances.

Manchester Military History Society: Powerful story of little known ethnic cleansing of Italians at the end of World War 2… The story starts under the German occupation of Istria following the Italian surrender in 1943 and mainly follows the experiences of two families. Saftich has done her research well and the period detail is immaculate. She also makes you care about the characters and their extended families. 

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