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The Italian Girls

Written by: Debbie Rix
Narrated by: Katie Villa
Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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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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Good book, great narrator

Good book but I like more two other her books - The Photograph and The Secret Letter. Narrator is excellent.

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So disappointed in most of the female characters

I really struggled to finish this book due to the portrayal of many of the women depicted in the story. From disapproving, manipulative, hysterical mothers, to self-centred, jealous women betraying one another, to women begging and manipulating men to love them, I came close to returning this book. I usually look forward to World War II historical fiction that enlightens readers to the heroic work done by women in the Resistance. Overall women did not fare well in this book.

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  • Erin
  • 2020-10-03

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
  • 2020-10-18

Slow beginning

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

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  • Renee Cloney
  • 2020-10-06

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!