January 6, 2021

Our Darkest Night

Our Darkest Night

Jennifer Robson

Publication date: January 5, 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Rating: 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Historical Fiction

To survive the Holocaust, a young Jewish woman must pose as a Christian farmer’s wife in this unforgettable novel from USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Robson—a story of terror, hope, love, and sacrifice, inspired by true events, that vividly evokes the most perilous days of World War II.

It is the autumn of 1943, and life is becoming increasingly perilous for Italian Jews like the Mazin family. With Nazi Germany now occupying most of her beloved homeland, and the threat of imprisonment and deportation growing ever more certain, Antonina Mazin has but one hope to survive—to leave Venice and her beloved parents and hide in the countryside with a man she has only just met.

Nico Gerardi was studying for the priesthood until circumstances forced him to leave the seminary to run his family’s farm. A moral and just man, he could not stand by when the fascists and Nazis began taking innocent lives. Rather than risk a perilous escape across the mountains, Nina will pose as his new bride. And to keep her safe and protect secrets of his own, Nico and Nina must convince prying eyes they are happily married and in love.

My Thoughts:

There are so many WWII books available to readers and it is hard to imagine that an author would have anything new to contribute. Jennifer Robson once again lets her talent shine in this
story. The book is all emotion. It provides readers with a glimpse as to what the impact of the war was like on those families who were just struggling to maintain a livelihood. It is a reminder of how everyday people became everyday heroes. The reader is immediately immersed into the story. One cannot help but feel for Nina from the onset. Robson guides the reader through the complexities of Nico’s decisions and how they not only affect the people he is trying to help but his family as well. This is a story of self-sacrifice, love, determination, acceptance and strength. A beautiful and powerful read.

I received an advance copy of this title via NetGalley.

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