About the bookEighteen-year-old Marianna De’Angelis has grown up on her father’s fishing boat off the picturesque coast of Sicily, Italy. She traverses the nearby countryside on horseback and bicycle and works alongside her mother selling fish at market. It is a simple, happy life. But when WWII erupts and the Nazis overtake the country, Marianna’s peaceful world is shattered.

In the midst of chaos, Marianna encounters a handsome, young Italian soldier named Massimo Scalvone. Though she tries to keep her distance, Marianna finds herself powerfully drawn to Massimo. Yet all the while, the man she is growing to love conceals a deadly secret—a secret that ensures that in a world now ruled by politics and greed, Massimo is not free to give his heart. Devastated, Marianna immerses herself in helping her family and neighbors survive the war. But soon, merely helping is not enough, and the young woman undertakes increasingly dangerous missions for the resistance. Although Marianna and Massimo each harbor secrets, their only hope of survival is to trust each other with the truth of who they really are. 

My review: This is a World War II book with a plot unlike any I’ve ever seen. A lot of times World War II books are set in England or France maybe Germany. This one is set completely in Italy and it explores a totally different group of people than I’ve seen in any other book. I loved that!

I loved Marianna, she is always looking out for someone other than herself, whether it’s her brother or his wife, her parents or even people living on the street because the Nazi’s have kicked them out of their homes. She is really an amazing character and young woman. 

Then there’s Massimo. I like that the author includes bits from his perspective. And I like that she did such a good job of hiding the secret he’s keeping until he reveals it to Marianna himself. I loved the tension that brought to the book.

I will admit that the plot started out a little bit slow for me. But by the time I’d read 50 pages or so, I was far more interested. The plot includes plenty of action, and danger for the characters and that really was fabulous. 

If you’re a fan of World War II books, you really should read this one!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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