A mysterious stranger known as ‘The Wolf’ leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the one clue to the child’s identity.

Rosa’s only family is the nuns who have raised her. When she turns 15, she must leave them and become governess to the daughter of an aristocrat and his strange, frightening wife. Their house is elegant but cursed, and Rosa – blessed with gifts beyond her considerable musical talents – is torn between her desire to know the truth and her fear of its repercussions.

And all the while, the hand of Fascism curls around beautiful Italy, and none of her citizens is safe. Rosa faces unimaginable hardships; her only weapons her intelligence, intuition and determination … and her extraordinary capacity for love.

This was considered a thoroughly good read by our Monday night group. They enjoyed seeing the heroine change from a cloistered convent girl to a strong-willed revolutionary; a survivor through many adverse events.

They felt the book related well what it would be like to be part of the resistance movement and a good portrayal of what the Italians would have went through during the Second World War.

A great page-turner ’till the end!

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