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Summary

Set between German-occupied 1940s Venice and modern-day London, this is a fascinating tale of the bravery of everyday women in the darkest corners of WWII, for listeners of Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network and Pam Jenoff’s The Lost Girls of Paris.

Venice, 1943

The world is at war, and Stella Jilani is leading a double life. By day she works in the lion’s den as a typist for the Reich office; by night, she risks her life as a messenger for the Italian resistance. Against all odds, Stella must impart Nazi secrets, smuggle essential supplies across the city and produce an underground newspaper on her beloved typewriter.

But when German commander General Breugal becomes suspicious, it seems he will stop at nothing to find the mole, and Stella knows she faces an uncertain future....

London, 2017

Years later, grieving Luisa Belmont finds a mysterious old typewriter in her attic. Determined to find out who it belonged to, Luisa delves into the past and uncovers a story of fierce love, unimaginable sacrifice and, ultimately, the worst kind of betrayal…

©2019 Mandy Robotham (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Gripping

This story had me gripped from the first chapter. Left me wanting more knowledge of Stella. It hits home exactly what people went through to ensure we are able to live the life we do today and what heroes they really are. So often this is forgotten. Awesome.

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Brilliant

I was unsure about this book but decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I did!!! A story about the 2nd WW resistance and Venice in a book. I was absolutely gripped as it was about two subjects that I’m very interested in and a recent visit to Venice. I could place all the streets and places of interest and found myself walking the path again. Narrators were brilliant, loved the idea of two narrators which worked very well. Very recommended

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Amazing Story a Must Read

Loved this book sad that it is finished. I would recommend it as a must read both as a novel and war enthusiasts.

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I was transported to wartime Venice with such vibrancy!

Enjoyed both the present and the past couldn’t stop listening! Wonderful! Both presenters captured their characters and I could see Stella and Luisa vividly!

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a great read

this was a big treat. well written and kept you on your toes throughout. the reader was perfect too. loved it from beginning to end

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A lovely story

behind the pain and grief the Nazi's caused. A cruel time that needs to be remembered