“What is it?” Matteo sobbed, his voice lost in a third thunderclap. Lucia shook her head, his question rebounding in her mind. Her pulse rushed between her ears, loud as a burst dam, and she couldn’t form an answer. Dozens of planes darkened the sky. A string of objects dropped from them, like pills, and the earth jolted under their feet. Matteo’s scream was lost in the roar, and Lucia spun around, his legs banging her hips. What was happening? Where should she run?
This is one of those books about friendship, love, and resilience that just takes your breath away. It’s one of my all-time favourite historical fiction reads. I couldn’t put this book down; I was instantly drawn into the well-crafted story that Kristin creates. Her descriptions make me feel like I was on the streets of Rome and witnessing all the horrors of war and acts of resistance that happened on those cobblestone streets. Courage, My Love has plenty of twists and turns, action, and gut-wrenching moments that will leave you quickly turning the pages.
It is really refreshing reading a WWII story that doesn’t take place in France, England or Germany. I love the fact that this storyline took place in Rome. In fact, Courage, My Love is the first book I’ve read set in Rome during the war. It is fascinating reading what it was like to live in this famous city during this time. Kristin did such a fabulous job with her research. She blends all the crucial facts beautifully with her fiction.
Lucia and Francesca are extraordinary heroines. These two characters have so much depth and courage. I love seeing Rome through their eyes. Lucia and Francesca came from two different worlds, and would never have met if it wasn’t for the tragic events unfolding in their city. It is heartwarming as Lucia and Francesca form their friendship and as their bond grows.. I love reading the story of their lives as they grow into fierce, brave women who stand up against the Nazis.
Courage, My Love is a captivating story that will move you to tears at times and leave your heart pounding.