London 2017 Luisa Belmont s mother just died She and her mother were never close, but Luisa feels the loss deeply When she discovers a box in her mother s attic containing photos and an old typewriter, she s determined to discover her family history Venice 1943 During the day Stella Jilani works as a translator and typist for the Reich At night she delivers messages for the Resistance and works at an underground newspaper Each and every day she puts her life on the line to preserve the freedom of her beloved city and it s people.
So much WWII historical fiction focuses on Germany, England and France, it was interesting to read of the perils of the Italian people I also enjoyed the focus on the role women played in the war effort and the courage they exemplified The description of Venice made me want to visit Venice and walk the cobbled streets and nav Thanks to NetGalley, Avon UK and Mandy Robotham for my copy of her new book The Secret Messenger Venice 1943, the city has been invaded by the Nazis, the people of Venice do what they can to fight back and many are involved in the resistance Woman all over Venice are helping by smuggling notes and messages around the city and right under the German s noses Hidden in prams, bags, babies nappies, shoes and in ladies underwear People living in Venice at the time are really struggling, food is scarce, everyone has lost weight, the cities population has almost doubled in size due to a influx of refugees, the water supply is low due to pipes being damaged during allied bombing raids and the only ones with full stomachs are the Germans.
Stella Jilani starts work at Nazi headquarters in the office, she speaks fluent German an Highly Awaited New Novel From The USA Today Bestselling Author Of The German MidwifeVenice, 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 By Night, She Risks Her Life As A Messenger For The Italian Resistance Against All Odds, Stella Must Impart Nazi Secrets, Smuggle Essential Supplies And Produce An Underground Newspaper On Her Beloved TypewriterBut ¼ read ¼ The Secret Messenger by Mandy Robotham È When German Commander General Breugal Becomes Suspicious, It Seems He Will Stop At Nothing To Find The Mole, And Stella Knows Her Future Could Be In JeopardyLondon, Years Later, 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 Set Between German Occupied S Venice And Modern Day London, This Is A Fascinating Tale Of The Bravery Of Everyday Women In The Darkest Corners Of WWII, For Readers Of The Tattooist Of Auschwitz By Heather Morris And The Lost Girls Of Paris By Pam JenoffPraise For The Secret Messenger Intriguing, Pacy And Fascinating Suzanne Goldring, Author Of My Name Is Eva Unique, Emotional And Life Affirming Melanie Hudson, Author Of The Last Letter From Juliet A Beautifully Written Novel, Perfect For Historical Fiction Lovers Soraya M Lane, Bestselling Author Of The Girls Of Pearl Harbor Another Fantastic Page Turner LP Fergusson, Author Of A Dangerous Act Of Kindness I Felt I Was Walking Alongside Stella Over Bridges And Along Canals At Every Heartstopping Moment Wonderful Molly Green, Author Of An Orphan S Wish One Of The Stronger Novels That Pays Homage To The Women Involved In The Movements Of Resistance Reader Review Refreshingly Different Even If You Think You Have read Enough War books This Year I Strongly Recommend You read This One Reader Review If You Like WWII Stories, This Is A Must read Reader Review Marvellous And Highly Recommended Story On A Little Known Aspect Of WWII Reader Review Set between German occupied 1940s Venice and modern day London Stella worked in the office of a German officer during the day but then worked for the Resistance at night Luisa is clearing out her mother s belongings when she discovers an old typewriter that belonged to her grandmother, Stella Stella was just one of the many people who put their lives at risk She s constantly trying to keep her family safe Luisa decides to travel to Venice in search of her family history.
The story focuses in the 1940s There is great detail in what Venice was like during the Nazi occupation It was interesting to find out exactly what the Resistance achieved in Venice The story is told from a dual timeline and we get a different perspective on the war Stella s story was definitely the better part of the book Luisa needed to k ow what had happened in her grandmother s past There were some twists as t From the author of The German Midwife, this is a story following a Venetian woman leading a double life during a time of war.
By day, Stella works as a translator in a high ranking Nazi officers office By night, she is a member of the Resistance working in the basement of a bar to churn out a forbidden, resistance newspaper Stella walks a fine line each and every day as she relays information she finds out from the Nazi communications she translates to those fighting for a pre war Venice Woven into the story is Luisa, Stellas granddaughter who is on a quest to uncover the true story of her grandparents during the war It s hard to write a review without giving away a lot of vital details so let me take a second and tell you why I struggled with it and when I reached the turning point that had me hooked The first ha Many thanks to NetGalley and Avon books for allowing me to read an advance copy of this book by Mandy Robotham which is due to be published December 12th, 2019 The following are my personal thoughts.
First off, kudos to the artist for the excellent cover design.
It took me awhile to make my way through this book It is the second novel that I have read by this author the first being The German Midwife I found the beginning of the story very slow moving and to make it evendifficult for me, I herniated a disk in my back which caused difficulties in concentration and just generally slowed down the reading process in total.
I think one of the challenging things for me was that the author basically picked Venice as her location and then went out to find a story Some of what she foun ✓ The Secret Messenger Ú An excellent read In 2017, Luisa Belmont who is grieving for her mother, finds an old typewriter in her mother s attic and decides to delve into past to find the story behind it and who it belongs to.
Most of the story centers around the past, when we read about Stella Jilani, who is leading a double life She is a typist for the Reich office during the day and by night she is a messenger for Italian resistance.
Stella traffics essential supplies across the city and convey Nazi secrets Stella also has her beloved typewriter that she uses to produce her underground newspaper.
Stella s life is threatened and could be in danger when General Breugal, a German commander becomes suspicious of her activities.
The story is a dual timeline of past and present which makes it very interesting So much research was done for this book It gives its readers a lot of information about V I thank NetGalley and Avon books for a copy of The Secret Messenger by Mandy Robotham I have read her previous novel The Woman at war, so I was intrigued to see how this panned out Set in Nazi occupied Venice in the 1940 s Stella Jilani is a typist in the Reich office during the day and at night she is a messenger for the Italian resistance and risks her life crossing the city passing on secrets and other things to help win the war She is also a typist typing an underground newsletter to help win the war with her beloved typewriter 2017 Luisa Stella s granddaughter finds the typewriter in the attic and some black and white photos after the death of mother that intrigues Luisa to find outAlthough I enjoyed this book from Mandy Robotham and I thought that this was beautifully written and a great story, I thought that the descriptions of the places in Venice just went on far too lon
Thanks to NetGalley and Avon books UK for an egalley in exchange for an honest review I really enjoyed the author s debut novel The German Midwife and this WWII dual timeline kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end In the present timeline, a grieving Luisa Belmont stumbles upon some intriguing family heirlooms buried in her recently deceased mother s attic that sets her on a journey to find outabout the grandmother she so dearly loved It is a journey that will take her from London to Italy In 1943, Stella Jilani is a member of the Resistance in Venice, Italy working in an underground newspaper, meeting members of the Resistance and also gaining access to information in the Reich office where she works But with so many people watching, the stakes are high and if caught, Stella will lose her life I love my historical fiction Set between German occupied 1940s Venice and modern day London Stella worked in an office of a German officer during the day but then worked for the Resistance at night Luisa is clearing out her mothers belongings when she discovers an old typewriter that belonged to her grandmother, Stella Stella was just one of the ma y people who put their lives at risk Shes constantly trying to keep her family safe Luisa decides to travel to Venice in search of her family history The story focuses in the 1940s There is great detail in what Venice was like during the Nztzi occupation It was interesting to find out exactly what the Resistance achieved in Venice The story is told in a dual timeline and we get a different perspective on the war Stella s story