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    An excellent read, highly recommended

    I loved this book because it's well written and poignant but also because it talks about the Italian Resistance and my father was an Italian resistant. I appreciated the two parts: the historical one, well researched and realistic, and the contemporary one, poignant and engrossing. The characters are well thought, the historical background is vivid and well described, and the plot is gripping. An excellent read, highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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    Was a good read

    The Secret Messenger is a book about the resistance during WWII in Venice Italy. It follows a story of a Luisa who finds an old typewriter in the attic and inside is a picture of her grandmother. She goes to Venice on a quest to find out about the history of her grandmother during WWII. The second story the book tells is about Luisa's grandmother Stella during the war. This is a really good story and the really interesting part of the book. Stella works for the resistance along with her best friend Mimi. Stella is a messenger , than she writes for the resistance newspaper, and finally works as a typist at the German headquarters in Venice. There are dark night rows across the water to visit Jack, nights sneaking home after curfew, her brother being caught by the Nazi's, the odd officer at the German headquarters Christian . A typewriter with the broken letter E causes the Nazi's to put out wanted posters for the author of the newspaper and a hunt for the typewriter. When they suspect Stella they search her apartment but no typewriter is found although earlier she hid it there. Who took the typewriter? Does Stella get caught or does she get away from the Nazi's? Who is the mysterious Jack she visits? These questions and more as well as escapes and near disasters are addressed within the pages of this book. It was a good book and I enjoyed reading it. I liked the story of Stella. I was not so thrilled with the story of Luisa. I kept skipping through those pages to get back to Stella's story. I think I would have just liked the book to be about Stella without the Luisa story. It is a good book and I couldn't wait to get back to it and find out what happened next. I would recommend the book. Thanks to Mandy Robotham, Avon Books UK, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and advanced copy of the book.
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    Don’t want it to be over!

    I was on that high, you know when you finish a book and finally find out what happened? Now I’m hitting the low of “ I don’t want it to be over!” Another great read from Robotham. I had high hopes getting stuck into this one because The German Midwife was so good and I was not disappointed. A time slip novel that goes back and forth between Stella In Venice during 1943 and Luisa in London during 2017. 1943 - Stella is living a double live, by day she is a typist for Reich and by night she is a loyal Italian Resistance fighter carrying important information and messages to help the cause and writing for their underground newspaper. 2017 - Luisa’s mother recently passed away and as she is clearing out her house she finds old pictures and a typewriter in her attic that cause her to question where she actually comes from. A well told story of bravery, loyalty and the role the women of the resistance played. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you to Net Galley and Avon Books UK for the advance copy!
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    This is my first book by this author and I like her writing style. It was easy to read. I enjoyed the subject matter of the book. There are that many books out featuring Italy in in WWII and it is something I didn’t know much about. And following the story of a female resistance member was something else I really liked. I did feel that both of the main characters were one dimensional. I didn’t feel like I got to know them during the book. I wanted a bit more background and depth of the main character so that I would care more about them.
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    WWII Resistance in Venice

    The Secret Messenger by Mandy Robotham provides a new twist on novels about resistance fighters during World War II. While recently I have read and enjoyed novels about the resistance set in Germany and France, this particular novel is set in Venice. In addition to a new setting and the added twist of Fascists and Nazis, there is also a split time aspect which makes this novel most enjoyable. Stella has a day job as a typist in the local Nazi office which allows her to collect intelligence information. Outside of work, she is active in the local resistance efforts--particularly in helping to publish an underground newspaper and pass messages. Significant to the story is her typewriter which has a distinctive dropped letter e. As required in any good World War II novel, there are love interests and numerous times when Stella is nearly caught. In modern day, Luisa find her grandmother Stella's typewriter and a box of papers while cleaning out her deceased mother's attic in England. Knowing that her mother and grandmother did not have a good relationship, Luisa sets out to find the truth of her grandmother's background. She is particularly perplexed by two pictures of her grandmother with gentlemen--one labeled "C" and the other "Geo." Luisa travels to Venice on a off-chance she might find someone who can shed light on the pictures and her family history. The Secret Messenger has exactly the right mix of intrigue regarding the resistance movement, combined with a background romance regarding the two gentleman in Stella's life that is not resolved until the end of the book. Luisa's desire to learn more about her grandmother provides a nice backdrop to unfold the story and provides some extra twists to the plot. This marvelous and highly recommended story on a little known aspect of World War II is already an international bestseller! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received The Secret Messenger via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

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