Natalie Meg Evans latest novel, The Italian Girl’s Secret, is out
Would you risk everything to save a stranger’s life?
Italy 1942. On her nonna’s tomato farm in the hills outside Naples, sheltering a soldier with an English accent is the most dangerous thing Carmela del Bosco could do. But one look at his wounds, Carmela is filled with hatred for those who would tear apart her beautiful home and decides to risk everything, hiding the stranger in an abandoned watchtower outside the village.
In his pain and fever, he murmurs in English but insists his name is Sebastiano and that he has a message to send that will end the war. Carmela tends to his injuries and smuggles fresh food from her nonna’s (grandmother’s) kitchen to the watchtower whenever she can. But just as his strength returns, and passion grows between them, they are seen and betrayed by a member of Carmela’s own family.
They meet again in Naples, where German soldiers patrol every street. Desperate, Sebastiano begs Carmela to send a message for him. But as soon as she hears it, her blood runs cold . . . can she find the courage to do what’s right for her country if it threatens the lives of everyone she loves? Will she ever see her beloved nonna again. And can she trust Sebastiano with her heart – or will it lead her into terrible danger?
What others are saying about The Italian Girl’s Secret:
Once again, Natalie Meg Evans has evoked the danger and high emotion of Italy at war. The Italian Girl’s Secret tells the story of two people from different sides of the conflict meeting with one aim; the removal of the Nazis from Italy.
. . . 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 for such a heartbreaking and riveting story. I felt as if I wanted to reach out and walk side by side with the characters.