#TheTuscanContessa by @DinahJefferies

Contessa Sofia de’ Corsi’s peaceful Tuscan home has been upturned by the arrival of German soldiers. Desperate to fight back, she provides shelter, medical aid and any help she can, keeping her efforts secret from husband Lorenzo – who is also passing information to the Allies.

When Maxine, an Italian-American working for the resistance, arrives on Sofia’s doorstep, the pair forge an uneasy alliance. Practical, no-nonsense Maxine promised herself never to fall in love. But when she meets a young partisan named Marco, she realizes it’s a promise she can’t keep.

Before long, the two women find themselves entangled in a dangerous game with the Nazis.

Will they be discovered? And will they both be able to save the ones they love?

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[A few weeks after the allied invasion of Sicily and bombing of Rome, the Mussolini regime collapses]

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(@PenguinUKBooks, 23 July 2020, 320 pages, #ARC from @PenguinUKBooks via #NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed)

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I’ve read all of the author’s books now, well most of them anyway. I continue to enjoy them more and more. She’s become a go-to author for well-written, emotive, powerful historical fiction. The setting is different than other books and all the more interesting for this. Tuscany is vividly realised. I don’t normally read spy novels but really enjoyed this. Although Sofia is a spy, she’s different than other spy’s I’ve encountered in fiction. The female characters are strong and formidable. This is well-written and engrossing. Another treat!

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