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The sun hung low in the sky, casting pink light all over the city. A faint breeze blew over the rooftops, as flocks of starlings swirled above her, swooping and diving in unison. It seemed unimaginable that, even now, German soldiers were marching along the streets below. It was time, she decided, for direct action. It was time to fight back.

Each morning Livia Moretti makes her way from an apartment overlooking Florence’s famous Duomo to a nearby café, where she drinks espresso and reads the newspaper. To the crowds of tourists who pass by, snapping selfies, nothing about Livia will be memorable. She is simply an old lady. They walk on without knowing the part she played in ensuring the future of this beautiful city. And to Livia now, those dark days feel very far away too.

But today, when she opens the paper, she sees a name she has not heard for a long time. A name that will bring memories flooding back of Nazi troops marching through the city and the dangers she faced as a young woman, carrying out secret missions for the resistance.

Isabella Bellucci.

A siren of the silver screen, Isabella cultivated all the right connections to ensure her rise to stardom. But when Rome falls to the Nazis, Isabella is suddenly faced with the choice between protecting herself and all she has worked for or sacrificing everything to save the man she loves.

As the war rages across Europe, a terrible misunderstanding causes the fates of Isabella and Livia to become forever intertwined. And each woman must decide what she's willing to risk, to protect the ones she holds dear from a brutal enemy.

Inspired by the incredible true stories of two women in wartime Italy, this is a heart-wrenching and unforgettable tale of love, resistance, betrayal and hope. Fans of Kate Furnivall, Fiona Valpy and My Name Is Eva will be absolutely gripped.

©2020 Debbie Rix (P)2020 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Couldn’t stop listening

Although constantly annoyed by Isabella’s actions and thoughts, the fact that she is based on a real character makes it excusable rather than cliché. Overall loved the story and the twists and turns. Brilliant book and brilliant characters.

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  • DeRoseBreathe
  • 23-11-20

Excellent

This is one of the best books I’ve read yet and I’ve read a lot of books this past year pretty much one a day and I’ve read a lot of World War II stories and there’s a lot of really good ones out there but I don’t know much about the Italian side of it and I’m Italian and I don’t like much about what Catholics have done in the pope has done in the Jesuits have done to the Jews and killing many Jews many people, but this was an amazing story these individual women just as brave as the women who helped the GIs get to Spain just amazing women I wish all these kind of people would speak up to America if they’re still alive or if they have kids who have known what they went through I wish they would speak up to America and tell them just help out in horrible it was to live during those times so that American could really know how horrible it is to live in a socialist world it’s just horrible being told you can’t leave your home have a home, Have only a little food being watched every where you go being monitored all the time that’s what it’ll be like but nobody seems to care because they just think they’ll take care of me I will have no more bills and they’ll take care of me there so clueless anyways excellent book and reader is excellent. I’m talking into my iPhone my hands are busy doing craft work so I hope there’s not miss spelled words

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  • Erin
  • 03-10-20

Wonderful!

A wonderful story that once again leaves me in awe of The Greatest Generation. Sweet, brave, kind, and so very humble. A great story!

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  • Tara L. Darbyshire
  • 18-10-20

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This book took several chapters to set up the story. It got better midway through.

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  • Renee Cloney
  • 06-10-20

Renee Cloney

I enjoyed this book so much. It was wonderfully written, I could not stop listening! I love books based on true facts and stories. I Highly recommend this book!