It’s 1943 and the war rages on through Europe. Carmela del Bosco lives a quiet life at her grandmother’s remote farmhouse. Carmela is asked by her brother Danielo to hide a fugitive Sebastiano at her house. Reluctantly she agrees even though she knows that the Germans will kill anyone that they think is an enemy. She takes the risk and everyday Carmela tends to Sebastiano’s injuries while keeping him rested, fed, clothed and bathed. As she and Sebastiano develop friendship and a bond, she knows that they are each other’s hope to make it through the darkest days of their lives. When Sebastiano escapes Carmela is forced to run away to Naples to live in her estranged father’s home. This story was absolutely amazing, beautiful and gave a wonderful example of people helping each other when they need it the most. I enjoyed the character of Carmela so much. She was like an old friend that I’ve known for years. There was such a connection with storyline, the author pulls you into the story at the very first page.
Thank you Natalie Meg Evans for such a heartbreaking and riveting story. I felt as if I wanted to reach out and walk side by side with the characters. The hope that the people had during those horrible times was so amazing. I had such compassion for them. This phenomenal story is a must read and I highly recommend this book.
ABOUT THE BOOK
THE ITALIAN GIRL’S SECRET
Author: Natalie Meg Evans
Published by Bookouture
Publication Date: September 10, 2021
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Italy, 1943. In the hills outside Naples, the silver moon shines brightly on a whitewashed farmhouse. An urgent knock on the door breaks the silence: and in that moment, one young woman’s act of incredible bravery changes the course of the war.
For Carmela del Bosco, a farm girl in a remote Italian village, sheltering an English spy is the most dangerous thing she could do. If she’s caught by the fascists it would be the end, especially for her beloved grandmother sleeping soundly upstairs. But taking in the pleading brown eyes of the man calling himself Sebastiano slumped at her door, and his terrible injuries inflicted by the Nazi occupiers, Carmela remembers how Nonna always taught her right from wrong. Risking everything, she hides him in a ruined tower on the edge of the farm.
Each day Carmela tends his wounds, and the passion that kindles between them is a light in the darkest time. Sebastiano has information that could end the war, and needs her help to send it. But tracking down fellow members of the resistenza in the mountains means risking her life and bringing danger to everyone she knows.
Carmela knows she must find the courage to do what’s right for her country. But if she leaves the farm, will she ever see her beloved nonna again? And will her sacrifice tear her away from the only man she’s ever loved, forever?