New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards returns with a riveting story of intrigue, deception and bravery in the face of war, inspired by Picasso’s great masterpiece Guernica:
On an April day in 1937, the sky opens and fire rains down upon the small Spanish town of Guernica. Seventeen-year-old Sibi and her family are caught up in the horror. Griff, an American military attaché, pulls Sibi from the wreckage, and it’s only the first time he saves her life in a span of hours. When Germany claims no involvement in the attack, insisting the Spanish Republic was responsible, Griff guides Sibi to lie to Nazi officials. If she or her sisters reveal that they saw planes bearing swastikas, the gestapo will silence them—by any means necessary.
As war begins to rage across Europe, Sibi joins the underground resistance, secretly exchanging information with Griff. But as the scope of Germany’s ambitions becomes clear, maintaining the facade of a Nazi sympathizer becomes ever more difficult. And as Sibi is drawn deeper into a web of secrets, she must find a way to outwit an enemy that threatens to decimate her family once and for all.
Masterfully rendered and vividly capturing one of the most notorious episodes in history, The Girl from Guernica is an unforgettable testament to the bonds of family and the courage of women in wartime.
Sibi, her sisters and her mother have been in Guernica, Spain visiting family for quite a while. Sibi has been wanting to return to Germany because a civil war is raging around them. Her mother refuses. She is happy back home. This decision changes all of their lives.
Sibi is a young lady which stole my heart. After the tragedy at Guernica, she had to step up and be everything to her sisters. Then there is Griff! He actually saved Sibi in Guernica from a collapsed building. So, you can guess these two have a past and a future!
I love the history in this book. I had never heard about the attack on Guernica. I certainly didn’t know that the Germans did it! So, this book really had me researching! And if y’all follow this blog you know that I love a book that has me looking stuff up!
Now, that being said…I did feel this book was too long. This novel could’ve been shortened by maybe 50 pages. And the first half of the book was more captivating than the second half. And that could be because I was more fascinated with the Guernica section. This novel does have a little bit of everything…romance, war, espionage. I mean, what’s not to like!
Need a new take on a WWII novel…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
Karen Robards is the New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of fifty novels and one novella. She is the winner of six Silver Pen awards and numerous other awards.
Author Website: http://karenrobards.com/