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Our Darkest Night

A novel by Jennifer Robson.

Jennifer Robson

It is the autumn of 1943, and life is becoming increasingly perilous for Italian Jews like the Mazin family. With Nazi Germany now occupying most of her beloved homeland, and the threat of imprisonment and deportation growing ever more certain, Antonina Mazin has but one hope to survive — to leave Venice and her beloved parents and hide in the countryside with a man she has only just met.

Nico Gerardi was studying for the priesthood until circumstances forced him to leave the seminary to run his family's farm. A moral and just man, he could not stand by when the fascists and Nazis began taking innocent lives. Rather than risk a perilous escape across the mountains, Nina will pose as his new bride. And to keep her safe and protect secrets of his own, Nico and Nina must convince prying eyes they are happily married and in love.

But farm life is not easy for a cultured city girl who dreams of becoming a doctor like her father, and Nico's provincial neighbors are wary of this soft and educated woman they do not know. Even worse, their distrust is shared by a local Nazi official with a vendetta against Nico. The more he learns of Nina, the more his suspicions grow — and with them his determination to exact revenge. 

As Nina and Nico come to know each other, their feelings deepen, transforming their relationship into much more than a charade. Yet both fear that every passing day brings them closer to being torn apart...  (From William Morrow)

Jennifer Robson is a historical fiction writer from Toronto. Her other books include Goodnight From LondonMoonlight Over ParisAfter the War is OverSomewhere in France, Fall of Poppies and The Gown.

Interviews with Jennifer Robson

Jennifer Robson, the author of "Goodnight from London" and other historical novels, on her favourite character in fiction, her greatest regret and more. 5:33
Canadian author Jennifer Robson not only writes historical fiction set in the Second World War, she also reads a lot of books about the two world wars too. She shares some of her favourites, including her own bestseller Our Darkest Night. 12:05

Other books by Jennifer Robson

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