This was the first novel by Chiaverini that I read, and I have to say I was extremely impressed by the research that went into creating this massive book. The historical accuracy blew me away, allowing me to learn more about an era I am immensely passionate about. It was wonderfully written, but it is not a fast-paced book whatsoever. So if you’re thinking of reading it, I suggest you take that into consideration.
The main characters are Greta, Sara, Mildred, and Martha, and their story of resistance unfolds in pre WWII Berlin. It focuses on the rise of Nazi Germany and the way these women (and many others) resisted the government by risking their lives, providing crucial information to the US, Britain, and even Russia. I thought each of the women brought a unique voice to the narrative as a whole, creating a well-rounded group of main characters for this novel. The fact that they were based on actual women was even more intriguing.
As many of you know, I love anything historical fiction, especially if it relates to WWII. I was especially drawn to this story because it is about women resisting the Third Reich and Hitler, and I thought it would be similar to The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I have to be honest though, the pace of the book is rather slow, and it wasn’t a page turner for me. So I’m glad I gave myself time to get through it. To be honest, it reads more like a history book instead of a historical fiction novel.
I did appreciated the Author’s Note where she explained the fate of some of the Rote Kapelle members after the war. It helped me move on in a way.
I recommend this book to history buffs, women’s fiction and historical fiction readers, and WWII aficionados. I gave this book a 3.5/5 stars.
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