At last, the underrated artistic talents of Stephen DeStefano get the chance to step into the limelight. Lucky in Love is a fictional memoir of that brings its readers an Italian-American coming of age story set in the WWII-era. DeStefano, with the able assistance of scripter, George Chieffet, really brings the era alive. This volume – the first of two – divides the first half of its protagonist's life into three parts: teenage life before the war; life during wartime; and the "triumphant" post-war return. The book's designer, Alexa Koenings, deserves special recognition for delivering a book that looks and feels – from its olive drab cover color scheme to its heavy, ivory paper stock – as though it originated in the era it describes: which goes a long way towards immersing readers in the illusion of going "back in the day"; this achievement is no small potatoes, and is a very real part of the reading experience that simply does not survive the transiition to the screen of an e-reader. So, please keep that in mind when you take a gander at this sneak preview on your computer screen.