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Margaret Wurtele

THE GOLDEN HOUR

A young Italian woman risks her life to defy the injustice surrounding her in this touching novel of forbidden love in war-torn Italy.

It is autumn of 1943 when German forces invade the peaceful vineyards and olive groves of Giovanna Bellini’s village in Tuscany. At first, the seventeen-year-old finds herself fascinated by the dashing Nazi officers. She has yet to come face-to-face with the harsh realities of war.

Her life changes when her brother joins the partisans and recruits her to smuggle food. What began as a lark takes a drastic turn when she’s asked to hide a wounded freedom fighter, for Mario Rava is not just a partisan- he is also a Jew. As Giovanna helps Mario heal, their bond deepens. But the world around ...

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