Swimming in the Moon by Pamela Schoenewaldt
Italy 1905. fourteen year old Lucia and her young mother, Theresa, are servants in a magnificent villa on the Bay of Naples, where Theresa soothes their unhappy mistress with song. But volatile tempers force them to flee, exchanging their warm, gilded cage for the cold winds off Lake Erie and Cleveland's restless immigrant quarters.
I found that Theresa's struggle to help her mother find some happiness through her singing is a constant up and down event. Her mother sacrificed a lot for Lucia and she feels she has to do her part to help her mother all that she could. But in the end she is sacrificing her whole life as her mother's illness deteriorates.
It's a story of love and beyond the new life they are trying to create in America. A truly captivating story.