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Courage, My Love

By: Kristin Beck
Narrated by: Carlotta Brentan
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Publisher's Summary

When the Nazi occupation of Rome begins, two courageous young women are plunged deep into the Italian Resistance to fight for their freedom in this captivating debut novel.

Rome, 1943

Lucia Colombo has had her doubts about fascism for years, but as a single mother in an increasingly unstable country, politics are for other people - she needs to focus on keeping herself and her son alive. Then the Italian government falls and the German occupation begins, and suddenly, Lucia finds that complacency is no longer an option. 

Francesca Gallo has always been aware of injustice and suffering. A polio survivor who lost her father when he was arrested for his anti-fascist politics, she came to Rome with her fiancé to start a new life. But when the Germans invade and her fiancé is taken by the Nazis, Francesca decides she has only one option: to fight back. 

As Lucia and Francesca are pulled deeper into the struggle against the Nazi occupation, both women learn to resist alongside the partisans to drive the Germans from Rome. But as winter sets in, the occupation tightens its grip on the city, and the resistance is in constant danger. 

In the darkest days, Francesca and Lucia face their pasts, find the courage to love, and maintain hope for a future that is finally free.

©2021 Kristin Beck (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A winning wartime tale set in the snakepit world of Mussolini's Rome. Single mother Lucia and polio-crippled Francesca make appealing heroines, flowering slowly from reticent bystanders to fierce resistance fighters as the Eternal City comes under German occupation. Kristin Beck's debut is a fresh, compelling read." (Kate Quinn, New York Times best-selling author of The Huntress)

“An extraordinary debut set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of Rome, Courage, My Love is historical fiction at its finest. With evocative and compulsively readable prose, Beck weaves a gripping tale of love, loss, patriotism, and courage. Powerful, poignant, and timely, Courage, My Love is a must-read.” (Chanel Cleeton, New York Times best-selling author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick)

“Francesca and Lucia are two magnificent women. How could anyone not admire their bravery, their strength, their compassion and their fierce determination to do whatever they could to protect both those they love and the people of Rome from the Nazis sweeping through their beloved city. Courage, My Love is a beautiful story of female friendship, and the unheralded but hugely important Resistance work the women of Rome undertook, in the face of grave danger, during WWII. It’s a fascinating, nuanced and impeccably researched tale.” (Natasha Lester, New York Times best-selling author of The Paris Orphan

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If this is ms. Becks debut novel then she should have a very successful career

I so enjoyed this book. It was a great story with out sex and profanity.a novelist with an intriguing ~story who doesn’t need fillers. Her characters were slowly built and I loved the bravery of these women They were valuable in the resistance and the stories were very good. Waiting on another one. Ms beck. Ms brentan was just right for the reading and she captured the essence of each character. Old and innocent ,arrogant nazi officer, a sickly child male and female partisans to name just some. Thank so much cause a narrator can ruin a book

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exceptional story. narrator was fantastic.

I couldn't put it down. I will definitely be reading more by this author. Each chapter leaves you wanting more of the story.

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Captivating

I just finished this and can’t say enough good things about it. I love historical fiction and could sense the passion and research the author put into this story. I connected with the characters right away and looked forward to my car time to hear more. I like how Kristen tied into her family history and stories from her Grandmother. I am excited to read her next book!

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Well done

Beck has done a remarkable job bringing the facts of this difficult time to life in her writing.
Great historical fiction! Beck’s writing style is captivating and her characters are powerful. A great read - I highly recommend this book!

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As an avid WWII historical fiction reader I have read many books. I am happy to say this one is at the top of the list. You don’t find many that take place in Italy or tell how the Italians had to deal with the Germans.
I was pleasantly surprised. The narrator was excellent and with the right inflection and pronunciation.
Worth the read and the credit. Don’t hesitate!

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Heroism for women storyline

Enjoyed this read very much. I was able to read Lucia stories by two chapters at a time then Francesca's by two til halfway through the book then they finally intertwined where I had to read it chapter by chapter. I didn't want to put it down. It can relate to those who are a single parent to a marriage that is rekindled and can also relate to nurse/doctor rolls along with widow loss to finding hope when all was lost.

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Narrator is very good, just not right for this book. It took me a while to get used to it. The book is excellent.

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The narrator used a “breathy, whispery” voice which was improbable to me, speaking for strong, brave women. It actually became annoying to me. Her Italian sounds good though.

Sorry. The story is very good - interesting and well written.

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Extremely well written narrative of courage in adversity

This book grabbed my interest from the beginning. Having spent much time in Italy, i could picture the locales and the women especially as they struggled to resist and survive, while maintaining their humanity

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Interesting and compelling

I liked this book. It kept my interest and the narration was fine. I am addicted to WW2 historical fiction or non-fiction and especially far flung areas that were affected. I have listened to many such novels and I learned more about Rome’s involvement with this one.

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Tedious

There's so many novels with similar story lines much better The narration was average I found the suspense scenes predictable