The Resistance Girl

Author: Mandy Robotham

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: May 31, 2022

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Very interesting story concerning the effect of the German occupation of Norway during World War II.

Rumi has had her fill of this war as the Germans have taken the one thing that mattered to her: her husband.  After the Germans occupied Norway to “liberate” them, the Norwegians started plotting ways to get their country back.  Now a vital member of the Norwegian Resistance, Rumi works as a smuggler to get agents and supplies across the North Sea.  One night she is sent out to pick up two scouts and finds one dangling from a tree and the other badly injured.  She learns the man in the tree is her neighbor’s nephew and part Norwegian.  He is a radio transmitter and the Germans have been closing in on their broadcasting stations.  As the two work together, then find they have more in common than anyone could imagine and work towards a common goal of freeing Norway even if they die trying.

I’ve always thought one of the best aspects of a historical fiction novel is when you get to learn something you knew little to nothing about.  Such was the case with The Resistance Girl.  While I knew that Germany had occupied Norway, I didn’t realize the extent that they did nor what the primary mission was for.  I’m not going to reveal what it was, because they would take away the premise of the book, but I did have to go back and do my own bit of research for validation, and it all lined up.  Terrific job!

The characters have a great story arc in this book and it is just fun to read about.  There is a bit of Norwegian thrown in here and there, but nothing that context clues won’t help readers understand.  There is a bit of language as well, but nothing that takes away from the story.  If you love historical fiction concerning little known events during World War II, this is the book for you!

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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