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Publisher's Summary

To survive the Holocaust, a young Jewish woman must pose as a Christian farmer’s wife in this unforgettable novel from USA Today best-selling author Jennifer Robson - a story of terror, hope, love, and sacrifice, inspired by true events, that vividly evokes the most perilous days of World War II.

It is the autumn of 1943, and life is becoming increasingly perilous for Italian Jews like the Mazin family. With Nazi Germany now occupying most of her beloved homeland, and the threat of imprisonment and deportation growing ever more certain, Antonina Mazin has but one hope to survive - to leave Venice and her beloved parents and hide in the countryside with a man she has only just met.

Nico Gerardi was studying for the priesthood until circumstances forced him to leave the seminary to run his family’s farm. A moral and just man, he could not stand by when the fascists and Nazis began taking innocent lives. Rather than risk a perilous escape across the mountains, Nina will pose as his new bride. And to keep her safe and protect secrets of his own, Nico and Nina must convince prying eyes they are happily married and in love.

But farm life is not easy for a cultured city girl who dreams of becoming a doctor like her father, and Nico’s provincial neighbors are wary of this soft and educated woman they do not know. Even worse, their distrust is shared by a local Nazi official with a vendetta against Nico. The more he learns of Nina, the more his suspicions grow - and with them his determination to exact revenge. 

As Nina and Nico come to know each other, their feelings deepen, transforming their relationship into much more than a charade. Yet both fear that every passing day brings them closer to being torn apart....

©2021 Jennifer Robson (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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The person reading the book drove me crazy. The story was good but sometimes I was tempted to shut it off because I couldn’t take the overacting.

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good story, but narrator's voice annoying

liked the story but the narrator's voice was grating and found she over acted and could have toned it down a bit. I almost didn't get past chapter 1 she was so awful.

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one worth giving a read

I enjoyed it, it's a clean romance with very visceral moments of darkness, but not so heavy in its contents that the listener would need a break.

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So captivating

Very well written story which connects pain, loss, beauty, love, and hope!! I could not stop!

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Great story, super annoying narrator

I regret not reading the paper copy. The story was great, but I was so distracted by the horrible narration. It was so over the top. A real shame.

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Loved the story

Loved the story, but was not fond of the narrator. An expected “hazard” with audiobooks unfortunately. Briefly considered reading it instead but had a long drive ahead of me so audio it was.
The story is captivating and touching. It’s not a chipper book, but not a downer either. Well worth the time and money spent on it, as is every Jennifer Robson book.

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  • 2021-05-17

Great story, painful narration

The story was compelling and well written. The phony accent with the lilt at the end of every phrase almost made me want to give up on the book.

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  • 2021-01-27

Heartbreaking WW2 Story of Jews in Italy

Over all I really liked this book I could have done without some of the description of cruelty
of the Germans in Italy. It was a story of the LOVE and Selflessness of A man and his family
in a small village in Italy. It did have a happy ending though. The narration was pretty good
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in English. Very little cursing . I have enjoyed all the books by Jennifer Robson.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-04-14

Excellent!

Loved the story. And the narration was excellent. You can make out each character and personality. Definitely worth your time.

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  • Gosia Nealon
  • 2022-03-18

Beautiful

What a beautiful book! I truly enjoyed the breathtaking story and the narrating was amazing!

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  • isarah567
  • 2021-11-29

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The voice of the story was utterly annoying and breathy. I couldn’t get past it. I wish we could choose the voice.

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  • Clayton Davis
  • 2021-09-02

Sweet story with great characters

I enjoyed the book and became invested in the characters. It was a sweet story but not a page turner. Definitely worth a read but don’t expect to be on the edge of our chair as the plot unfolds.

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  • Gina Nello
  • 2021-03-30

Good book overall, but too sappy to be a historical novel

I enjoyed this book and glad I listened to it. Narration was excellent. However it was more of a love story than a true historical novel. The end was so incredibly unrealistic that I was actually laughing my way through that part.

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  • John Murphy
  • 2021-03-30

Good, but could have been much better

This was an okay book, an "unlikely" love story set in Italy during World War II. It ends with hope which is definitely a plus given the plethora of depressing novels that seem to be that favorite of critics [Did every book critic ever have such a terrible life that they LOVE darkness and tragedy?].

The problem for me was that the love story just didn't click. Our two protagonists concoct a sham marriage to protect the wife since she is Jewish and then the pair end up falling in love. This is great as far as it goes, but in the course of the book it isn't really clear why the pair fall in love. There isn't a whole lot of chemistry between them and then all of the sudden they are jumping in the rack together FOR REAL. It could have been a much better book if we really understood how the pair end up going from sham marriage to real love, but the author doesn't do a very good job with this particular part of the narrative.

At any rate, the book is hopeful so worth reading just for that reason.

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  • Elizabeth Watson
  • 2022-07-11

Best ever

This has got to be the best audible book so far! I felt like I was actually living with the family. And the ending. Omg!!!

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  • 2022-05-25

Beautiful!!! a must read

This story held me all the way to the finish!! Tears of sadness and tears of joy. Story made much alive by the narrator—she was most amazing…. Please do not miss this story!!!!! Stunning!