The Girl from Bologna (Girls from the Italian Resistance
Heart-breaking page-turners, based on actual events in Italy during World War 2)
by Siobhan Daiko
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Pub Date 29 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 21 Jul 2022
From award-winning international bestselling author Siobhan Daiko comes an evocative, compelling story of love lost, daring exploits, and heart wrenching redemption.
Bologna, Italy, 1944, and the streets are crawling with German soldiers. Nineteen-year-old Leila Venturi is shocked into joining the Resistance after her beloved best friend Rebecca, the daughter of a prominent Jewish businessman, is ruthlessly deported to a concentration camp.
In the spring of 1981, exchange student Rhiannon Hughes arrives in Bologna to study at the university. There, she rents a room from Leila, who is now middle-aged and infirm. Leila’s nephew, Gianluca, offers to show Rhiannon around but Leila warns her off him.
Soon Rhiannon finds herself being drawn into a web of intrigue. What is Gianluca’s involvement with a nefarious far-right media mogul? And how is this man connected to Leila? As dark secrets emerge from the past, Rhiannon is faced with a terrible choice. Will she take her courage into both hands and risk everything?
For readers of Dinah Jefferies, Rhys Bowen and Angela Petch
Disclaimer: This book depicts war and the violence associated with it.
‘This is a beautiful story with a compelling historical storyline that you won't want to put down,’ Ann Bennett, bestselling author of The Orphan House.
‘Siobhan Daiko will tug at your heartstrings, and leave you desperate for more,’ Ellie Yarde, The Coffee Pot Book Club.
‘This was one of those I never want it to end books,’ Goodreads Reviewer
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