Take two! Let’s see if I can get the whole blog post to actually post properly this time. Who knew that it wouldn’t save the draft correctly and post only a few words. Good thing I could recover the review I typed!
Thanks to Avon Books and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review
THE RESISTANCE GIRL – Mandy Robotham (Releasing May 31st, 2022)
The next gripping and emotional historical fiction read from international bestseller, Mandy Robotham.
Norway, 1942. War rages, and operation Shetland bus is in full swing. Under cover of darkness, Rumi Orlstad and other locals smuggle British agents, fugitives and supplies across the North Sea to the relative safety of Scotland.
But when one mission goes awry, and Rumi’s husband is lost to the dangerous waters, she retreats from the clandestine group, vowing never to take to the seas again.
Meanwhile, her childhood friend Anya has been placed in Lebensborn, one of Himmler’s secret Aryan maternity camps. And when Rumi learns the fate of Anya’s child, she knows she has no choice but to face her fears and help Anya flee from Nazi grip…
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
This is an incredibly immersive historical fiction read and that’s what I love so much about the genre, when done well, you find yourself lost in the time period alongside these characters. I think this was very well written and you can tell the research and the work was put into this book by the author. Nothing feels boring and dry but incredibly authentic and you really connect with our main character. THE RESISTANCE GIRL was my introduction to Mandy Robotham and it will not be the last book I pick up from her, I can guarantee that!
It’s 1942 in Norway as the war continues, Rumi Orlstad assists her family and other locals smuggle British Agents and supplies across the North Sea towards Scotland. When a mission doesn’t go as planned, Rumi is devastated when she loses her husband to the dark waters and her life changes. It isn’t until Rumi learns of her childhood friend, Anya, being placed in one of the Aryan maternity camps that she realizes she needs to continue her work with the resistance to save her.
I did learn about the Shetland bus missions in this book – I had no idea there were those missions between Norway and Scotland to help with supplies and getting people to safety from the war. This book is more character driven and you will find yourself connecting with them all. Definitely more emotional than I was anticipating it to be, but considering the time period and the story, I shouldn’t be completely surprised. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a new historical fiction book and the WWII era fascinates you.