The Secret Messenger

The Secret Messenger

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"Venice, 1943: 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 typewriter .But 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 jeopardy... London, 2017: 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 1940s Venice and modern-day London, this is a fascinating tale of the bravery of everyday women in the darkest corners of WWII." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: London :, Avon,, 2020.
Edition: Paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780008376048
Characteristics: ix, 381 pages ;,24 cm.


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Sep 11, 2020

4 stars. This is Robotham's second book, her first being "The German Midwife". She writes interesting books about women in wartime. This book is about Stella, a young woman in Venice under the heavy jackboot of German occupation. Working in the Reich's offices by day and working as a messenger for the resistance at other times, Stella is playing a dangerous game. She is telling the resistance things that she learns at work, and also working on a clandestine newspaper, using her trusty typewriter to write stories. When her stories start to get intense reactions from the public, the German General wants the writer found and punished. Decades later, Stella's grand-daughter finds the typewriter and travels to Venice to discover her grandmother's story and learns much more than she bargained for. An interesting and good read.

Sep 08, 2020

After reading books by DeMille, Lapena, Grippando and others, this was a real letdown. I dragged myself through the pages - lukewarm and insipid. The characters were disappointing, and lacked the intensity and depth required for a novel about WWII. Would definitely not recommend this one.

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