The Enemy Between Us by Melinda Sue Sanchez
Set in Italy during WWII.
Franca comes from a wealthy family that owns several vineyards, but is living in the country with her sister, brother-in-law, and nephew without any hired help.
Peter is a German soldier who left his command when told he must torture a woman by his vile commander. Peter hides the woman in the process and reports to the Americans to surrender and send help for the woman.
The woman, Marianna, just so happens to be Franca’s best friend and her brother-in-laws sister. Mari brings Peter to the countryside for his protection and to help her family with chores. Franca and Peter can’t help but be attracted to one another even though their countries are enemies and they would never be allowed to be together. When Franca’s parents go missing they go their separate ways, but Franca wants more than anything to find her way back to Peter after she finds her parents.
I really liked the setting of this book. Most WWII fiction is not set in Italy. So this was new for me. However, the storyline kind of dragged in places and was pretty predictable. It is a trope that is overdone. Star crossed lovers. I prefer my historical fiction to have very little romance in it, but this is marketed as a historical romance so I knew romance would play a bigger role in this book.
I also found the main character, Franca, to be a boring character for the first half of the book. She really shines in the second half of the book. I did like Peter the entire book, but who doesn’t love a German that hates Nazis too? The supporting characters were pretty interesting for the most part. The few complaints I have I can’t mention because of spoilers.
Overall, I would recommend this if you like WWII fiction and like a romance mixed in with it. It is predictable and enjoyable.
Thanks @netgalley and @covenant_com for the ARC.