This was a book I found a little difficult to get into, but once I got into the rhythm of the writing, it was fascinating and well worth it.
Mostly taking place in wartime Italy, it follows Sally Jardine-Fell, a former debutante, from Yorkshire, to heavily bombed London, Rome and finally in 1946, to prison. Incarcerated, accused of a murder she didn't commit and waiting for her trial to start, we follow the path that got her there.
On a Special Ops mission, Sally was sexually involved with Mussolini's Foreign Minister, but with his downfall and the Allied invasions, she aborts the mission and embarks on a frightening trip to Switzerland. On the road she meets many interesting characters - I really enjoyed that part of the story.
In London after the war, she meets up with her SOE boss - someone she was always suspicious of. He tries to kill her, but gets killed himself instead. Although innocent, Sally ends up in jail for his murder.
This adventurous story sucked me in after a shaky start...it was a wonderful book that will stay with me for quite a while. Well researched with an extremely interesting protagonist, I definitely recommend it.
by Hannelore Cheney (via NetGalley)
This historical fiction book is set during the war years in Italy. Sally is caught up into a world of mystery and intrigue. The characters in this book come alive, each with their own idiosyncrasies. Everything is an adventure for Sally. That is until she finds herself in trouble. Big trouble. She is in jail!
by Doris Vandruff