𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐓𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞:𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐆𝐢𝐫𝐥𝐬
𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫: 𝐃𝐞𝐛𝐛𝐢𝐞 𝐑𝐢𝐱
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞𝐬: 𝐇𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐋𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐅𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞: 𝟐𝟖𝐭𝐡 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎
𝐌𝐲 𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠: 5 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐬
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.
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 they’re willing to risk, to protect the ones they hold 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 by this sweeping Second World War novel.
An enlightening, gripping story of two Itlaian women of opposing personalities in midst of World War II.
One of the leading ladies was Livia Moretti, a history and arts major at University of Florence, a bright, young, fierce woman.Being brought up in a restricted environment by her strict and orthodox mother follwed by years of boarding schools under the nose of yet another strict Governess had turned Livia quite a Rebellious spirit. I was smitten with her independent choices, conscience, intelligence and integrity. She turned up to be my favourite character of the book. Livia also shares a strong bond with her father,a lawyer, who encourages her each efforts. Following her father’s footsteps, Livia develops a strong dislike for the Fascists. Seemingly her new college boyfriend Cosimo shares the same interest.
Isabella Bellucci, on the other hand, is a famous celebrity. Being a rising movie star, she runs in *elite* (fascists and Nazis) crowds. Yet so, she had zero interests in politics.Unlike Livia, she’s far too dependent on others. Initially, I despised her but gradually warmed up to her near the very end.
While Livia engages herself in resistance and fights for the true and just cause by rebelling against the Nazis, Isabella becomes smittened by a certain director Vicenzo Lucchese, who happens to be a family friend of the Morettis.At some point Isabella acknowledges that her life was always under the influence of the fascists. Suddenly she realises the light and starts rethinking every decisions she have made so far.A series of misunderstandings leads her to make a difficult choice which costs her a lot. However, She decides to risk her everything and use her privileges right for the man she loves.
This book is the story of Livia and Isabella find their worlds interwined amidst a war. The choices they make during the war would shape and change their lives drastically in the future.
Another great point of the book was how much effort the Writer took to mention the horrible consequences of a War torn country. As II Duce sends maximum under resourced Italian Troops to fight in Russia. It’s only a matter of time when , ordinary men are called up to fight in the war. One of such example is Cosimo, Livia’s boyfriend.
It shows Italian people’s worries about losing their loved ones at war and subsequently suffering the painful death of their loved ones. Italian People not only endured the pain of losing their loved ones but also had to face a terrible famine and poverty. This book talks about the horrible consequences of war- the poverty, famine, loss of dear ones, sacrifices and other terrible miseries.
The realism the Author pointed is highly appreciated
I really loved her writing. I just didn’t want this to end. I haven’t felt like this after reading a book for a long time. I love this one so much. Truly deserves the 5 stars.