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TLC Review: The Resistance Girl by Mandy Robotham

Title: The Resistance Girl
Author: Mandy Robotham
Year published: 2022
Category: Adult fiction (historical)
Pages: 432 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location: (my 2022 Google Reading map)Norway and the UK

SummaryBergen, 1942: Hitler wants Norway for a reason and will destroy anyone who gets in his way. Rumi has lost everyone she loves in this war and now she will fight back…

War rages, and, under cover of darkness, Rumi Orlstad and her fellow resistance fighters smuggle British agents, fugitives and supplies across the North Sea into Nazi-occupied territory.

One night, when he braves a storm to complete an ill-fated mission, Rumi’s fiancé is lost to the dangerous waters. Broken-hearted, she withdraws from the clandestine group, vowing never to let her loved ones put themselves in the line of fire again.

But months later, Rumi stumbles across a Nazi secret that lays Hitler’s plans for Norway bare, and she knows she has no choice but to risk her life for her country once more…

Review: I almost didn't accept this book to review based on the cover. I really don't like it. But then I read the summary and knew it was my kind of book: WWII historical fiction. And, I have a really good friend whose family is from Norway so I am going to send it on to her.

In all the WWII stories that I've read, this is a new one so that's great. I didn't know about the Lebensborn program to impregnate Norwegian women, the "bus" from Norway to Shetland to help people escape, or the role of the British SEO in Norway. I love it when I learn new history from novels.

The chapters are told from both Rumi and Jens' perspectives and I like that since it means we get different perspectives on the action. And, I am not really giving anything away here when I say the romance was obvious from the start. But, that's ok. It takes a while to get there and isn't all mushy gushy; it's in keeping with the practical personalities of both characters. In fact, most of the characters are practical, capable, organized, and caring, which is what allows them to be effective resistance workers.

If you enjoy historical fiction, WWII in particular, then you'll enjoy this one.

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Literary Escapes--Norway

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