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From the author of the “fast-paced, heartbreaking, and hopeful” (Kristin Harmel, author of The Room on Rue Amélie) The Light After the War, a riveting and heartfelt story of a young woman recruited to be a spy for the resistance on the French Riviera during World War II.

Paris 1943: Lana Antanova is on her way to see her husband with the thrilling news that she is pregnant. But when she arrives at the convent where he teaches music, she’s horrified to see Gestapo officers execute him for hiding a Jewish girl in the piano. 

A few months later, grieving both her husband and her lost pregnancy, Lana is shocked when she’s approached to join the resistance on the French Riviera. As the daughter of a Russian countess, Lana has the perfect background to infiltrate the émigré community of Russian aristocrats who socialize with German officers, including the man who killed her husband. 

Lana’s cover story makes her the mistress of Guy Pascal, a wealthy Swiss industrialist and fellow resistance member, in whose villa in Cap Ferrat she lives. Together, they gather information on upcoming raids and help members of the Jewish community escape. Consumed by her work, she doesn’t expect to become attached to a young Jewish girl or wonder about the secrets held by the man whose house she shares. And as the Nazis’ deadly efforts intensify, her intention to protect those around her may put them all at risk instead. 

With Anita Abriel’s “heartfelt and memorable” (Pam Jenoff, New York Times best-selling author) storytelling, Lana’s War is a sweeping and suspenseful tale of survival and second chances during some of the darkest days of history.

©2021 Anita Hughes. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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The narrator killed the story

So unfortunate—I have read or listened to 150 WWII historical fiction novels in the past 1.5 years. This was one of the most distracting and annoying narrators I have experienced. Her voice sounds immature and gives the interesting novel a sophomoric tone, literally and figuratively. She sometimes slips out of the accent she is in and I could barely get through the book. A good story, however, best experienced in print.

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Loved the book but narration was annoying

Great story, I really loved the book, except for the narrators annoying sing song cadence when she’s not using an accent. Was distracting.