Wednesday 6 April 2022

Review - The Resistance Girl by Mandy Robotham

The Resistance Girl by Mandy Robotham
Publisher: Avon Books UK
Release date: 31 March 2022
Back cover blurb: Norway, 1942. War rages, and, under cover of darkness, Rumi Orlstad and her fellow resistance fighters smuggle British agents, fugitives and supplies across the North Sea into Nazi-occupied territory. One night, when he braves a storm to complete an ill-fated mission, Rumi’s fiancé is lost to the dangerous waters. Broken-hearted, she withdraws from the clandestine group, vowing never to let her loved ones put themselves in the line of fire again. But months later, Rumi stumbles across a Nazi secret that lays Hitler’s plans for Norway bare, and she knows she has no choice but to risk her life for her country once more. She has lost everything to the Nazis. But now she fights back…

Rumi Orlstad, the Resistance Girl of the title is a strong Norwegian woman, unafraid of Hitler who is determined to do her bit for the Norwegian war effort, even if it means becoming part of the resistance.

Rumi, alongside her Father and others help to smuggles British agents, fugitives and supplies across the North Sea in to her beloved homeland. When an ill fated mission means that Rumi loses her fiancé to the sea, she vows to never put herself or fellow countrymen in danger again.

Until she meets Jens Parkes, a man who is as British as his is Norwegian, but who's heart lie with Norway. A British SOE (Special Operations Executive) sent to gather intelligence, sabotage the occupiers in any way he can, and help the local resistance movements.

The Nazi's who occupy Norway though are notorious, and when Jens realises who one of them is, he realises that it may not only be his life that is at stake. After a frosty start with Rumi, they become accustomed to one another and Jens doesn't want to put any one else in danger.

Rumi is headstrong, determined and stubborn. After a number of false starts following her fiancés loss, she re-joins the resistance fight with a renewed passion, and wants to help Jens in anyway that she can. When she discovers what's going on at a former stately home, she becomes more determined than ever.

The Resistance Girl touches upon a part of WW2 that I wasn't too familiar with before, and it was all the more interesting for that. Of course there are some rather unpleasant things to read about, but that is part of history, and I believe that it is important these things are shared. Overall this was a really enjoyable read, and I look forward to the authors next. 

The Resistance Girl is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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