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The sun hung low in the sky, casting pink light all over the city. A faint breeze blew over the rooftops, as flocks of starlings swirled above her, swooping and diving in unison. It seemed unimaginable that, even now, German soldiers were marching along the streets below. It was time, she decided, for direct action. It was time to fight back.

Each morning Livia Moretti makes her way from an apartment overlooking Florence’s famous Duomo to a nearby café, where she drinks espresso and reads the newspaper. To the crowds of tourists who pass by, snapping selfies, nothing about Livia will be memorable. She is simply an old lady. They walk on without knowing the part she played in ensuring the future of this beautiful city. And to Livia now, those dark days feel very far away too.

But today, when she opens the paper, she sees a name she has not heard for a long time. A name that will bring memories flooding back of Nazi troops marching through the city and the dangers she faced as a young woman, carrying out secret missions for the resistance.

Isabella Bellucci.

A siren of the silver screen, Isabella cultivated all the right connections to ensure her rise to stardom. But when Rome falls to the Nazis, Isabella is suddenly faced with the choice between protecting herself, and all she has worked for, or sacrificing everything to save the man she loves.

As the war rages across Europe, a terrible misunderstanding causes the fates of Isabella and Livia to become forever intertwined. And each woman must decide what they’re willing to risk, to protect the ones they hold dear from a brutal enemy.

Inspired by the incredible true stories of two women in wartime Italy, this is a heart-wrenching and unforgettable tale of love, resistance, betrayal and hope. Fans of Kate Furnivall, Fiona Valpy and My Name is Eva will be absolutely gripped by this sweeping Second World War novel.

Praise for Debbie Rix:

Incredibly heart-wrenchingit’s just mind-blowing… I adored this book from start to finish… If I could give it 10 stars, I would! Confessions of a Bookaholic, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I was so grippeda beautifully written story that captivated my mind and heart… A perfect historical fiction novel that fans of this genre are going to love.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A beautiful, yet heart-wrenching tale I adored this book from start to finish I was blown away by this book and I’m sure you will be too.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘This story was beautifully written and hooked me immediately I was enthralled with the story all the way to the end and stayed up too late reading, but it was worth it!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A beautifully written book. I was hooked from the first page. It was a true page-turnerthe author hit a true home run with this one. It will tug at your heart and stay with you which is the mark of a great book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Well I read this in 24 hours, what better compliment can I give it!... The book was a page turner!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Outstanding such compelling stuffa real page-turner of a book. The fact that it is inspired by real life events makes it even more poignant. Highly recommended.’ Sibzzreads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

It pulled me in right from the start, and I just couldn''t put it down… I found this novel to be beautifully written I can''t wait to read more from this author!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘The writing is spectacular… There is romance, intrigue and a weaving of these two lives into one riveting ending.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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P. Blevins
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
beautiful book
Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2020
The Italian Girls: absolutely gripping and heartbreaking World War II historical fiction is by Debbie Rix. Although the book is historical fiction, Debbie did take parts of the stories of two of other ladies’ stories expanded upon them. The story of Isabella was actually... See more
The Italian Girls: absolutely gripping and heartbreaking World War II historical fiction is by Debbie Rix. Although the book is historical fiction, Debbie did take parts of the stories of two of other ladies’ stories expanded upon them. The story of Isabella was actually based on the life of the film star Maria Denis and the story of Livia came from two different university students who worked for the Resistance. She deftly wove their stories together with great imagination. She created a very complex story.
Livia lived with her parents as she was going to the university. When her Mother chose to stay in the country with her father-in-law, Nonno, Livia lived in the city of Florence with her Father, a lawyer. Livia has a boyfriend, Cosimo, who was drafted into the army. He returned having lost a foot and joined the resistance. Livia began working for the Resistance too by handling the radio broadcasts.
Isabella was a renowned actress in Rome. Although she was a good actress, she wasn’t particularly exceptional. She fell in love with the film director, Vincenzo Lucchese. She would do almost anything to get him to love her. When things get tense during the German occupation, her love for him will be greatly tested as will his feelings for her.
The lives of Livia and Isabella will become entwined in an unexpected way and yet they do not really know each other. The German Occupation throws all of the Italians into a spin and they do not know who can be trusted and who cannot.
The book is really good and gives a glimpse into what life might have been in Italy during Mussolini and then Hitler. Many of the actions by the Germans and later the Americans did actually occur.
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Carol Hatch
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2020
Historical fiction is my preferred genre, and I consider Debbie Rix to be one of the best authors of historical fiction. The Italian Girls is a beautifully written tribute to the brave and selfless Italian women who fought fascism during World War Two. Clearly well... See more
Historical fiction is my preferred genre, and I consider Debbie Rix to be one of the best authors of historical fiction. The Italian Girls is a beautifully written tribute to the brave and selfless Italian women who fought fascism during World War Two. Clearly well researched, The Italian Girls is a captivating tale based upon real events and personalities with just the right amount of imaginative spin. I highly recommend The Italian Girls.
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C.K.Designer
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Duel Heroine WWII Story
Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2020
I honestly had a hard time getting into this book...I have read several of this author''s books and loved them. I was not engaged in the beginning with the introduction of the many characters. As the story went on and the two heroines'' lives intersected, the pace rapidly... See more
I honestly had a hard time getting into this book...I have read several of this author''s books and loved them. I was not engaged in the beginning with the introduction of the many characters. As the story went on and the two heroines'' lives intersected, the pace rapidly picked up and I couldn''t put the book down. Debbie Rix did a wonderful job giving the readers a snapshot into this history of Italy during that tumultuous and dangerous era. I researched the persons this was based on and was further amazed by her talent.
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Kerry
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This was a beautifully written book
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2020
This book was amazing it written in such a way that you could feel that you were there not just reading about the story I have read all the authors books and I will keep doing so she writes incredible stories.
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Interesting
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2020
I have read and enjoyed several books by this author. Although I am fascinated by the historical aspect of her work I feel her characters lack dimension. There is something missing and their lives seem too cookie-cutter.
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Mimi M Nugent
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Loved this book!
Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2021
The characters really came off the page - felt like they were friends that I cared about. Gave us a some insight into the difficult situations so many were facing during the war. We must certainly be grateful to all those who sacrificed so much.
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AZMom
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Ok but long
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2021
So I love many of Debbie Rix’ books. This one, for me, was too long. The characters were ok. I didn’t feel attached to any of them. But the setting….Florence….was great and I enjoyed the war time story.
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Anne Kuter
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Delightful
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2020
An extremely well written story of the suffering the Italian people lived during the years of WW11 and their liberation. The bravery of many of these people will never be known. Thoroughly enjoyable read
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Toscana
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The Italy you might not know, but should...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 4, 2020
Really good war story. I felt I was in Italy and that is praise for someone who lives here for half the year. The history has been well researched. The Italian Campaign is complex, the conflict in Italy more like a civil war, but Debbie Rix was spot on with the background...See more
Really good war story. I felt I was in Italy and that is praise for someone who lives here for half the year. The history has been well researched. The Italian Campaign is complex, the conflict in Italy more like a civil war, but Debbie Rix was spot on with the background details. I loved the contrast between the two young girls, the main protagonists of the story. One, level headed and "seria", as Italians say. The other, frivolous and vacuous. She has to go through a painful coming-of-age - very cleverly done. And it was a great way of leading the reader into the two very different worlds of fascism and resistance. There were horrific massacres during this period and the author didn''t spare us these. Rightly so. The beginning and ending neatly tied up through one of the characters, now in old age. The opening is charming, with the image of an old lady sitting in a cafe in Florence. Only the other day I took a sneaky photo of such an old lady and wondered about her story. Thank you to the author for transporting me back in time to war-torn Italy.
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Tiggywinkle
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A fantastic brilliant read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 1, 2020
This is the first book for me by this author and I loved it from beginning to end. So cleverly put together - full of historical facts, perfect for someone like me who has visited both Rome and Florence. Loved how the storyline flowed between Isabella and Livia - a gripping...See more
This is the first book for me by this author and I loved it from beginning to end. So cleverly put together - full of historical facts, perfect for someone like me who has visited both Rome and Florence. Loved how the storyline flowed between Isabella and Livia - a gripping and easy to follow storyline cleverly thought through. Five stars just isn''t enough - now going to read The Secret Letter. Not sure this book can be beaten but hope the next one is equally enjoyable. Pity about some of the editing errors which may annoy some readers.
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Jennifer Waller
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This novel is a page turner....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 8, 2020
This novel is a page turner that kept me reading for two days until it''s end. Debbie Rix weaves a story of war torn Italy. It follows the lives of two very brave women, although fictional characters, they are based on real life women. I recommend that you read it.
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Book Worm
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Historical content good, but slow, with wooden characters
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 30, 2020
I struggled to get through this. On the positive side, the history was well researched and interesting. The plot was plausible, but never really engaged me as it unfolded so slowly, with nothing really happening until at least half way through. The characters were naive and...See more
I struggled to get through this. On the positive side, the history was well researched and interesting. The plot was plausible, but never really engaged me as it unfolded so slowly, with nothing really happening until at least half way through. The characters were naive and unlikeable. Isabella was spoilt, and unbelievably naive when Vicenzo told her why he could not love her. She was supposedly an adult and an actress. Her response and lovesickness were laughable. Similarly, her relationships woth others were stretching the imagination. Livia was wilful and a little unpleasant, while her father was weak and indecisive, hardly the epitome of an experienced lawyer. There were numerous errors - first 33 were shot in the caves, then 32, the 33 again; similarly Cosimo knew about the Pd''A involvment, then he didn''t, then he did again. The Germans battered their way into the apartment, then they had been let in inadvertenly through the open door by one of the Pd''A members, only for the neighbour to have later repaired the broken door. Many more anomalies. This could have been a real page turner, and had the scope and engaging topic to be exxactly that, but instead reading it turned out to be a chore rather than a pleasure.
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Valanne
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Stories of their lives to. the end .
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 17, 2020
The Italian Girls " Excellent & gripping WW2 historical fiction which portrays how wonderfully brave the resistance were . It was so nice to hear the girls stories of their lives to the end .
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