The Nazi's have invaded Norway, taking special interest in their genetic stock for the Lebensborn program. After losing her fiancé to the Resistance, Rumi Orlstad doesn't want to take any more risks. However, when she completes the task of rescuing two Special Operations, Rumi is pulled back into the Resistance. One of the SOE operatives, Jens asks Rumi for help obtaining information, Rumi is quick to accept. Rumi soon learns of a friend, Anya, that was raped by a Nazi and has become pregnant. Anya is placed in a maternity home for unwed mothers and soon learns of the Nazi's plans for their children. Rumi and Jens work together to help rescue Anya and her child while the Nazi's are hot on their trail.
The Resistance Girl is a story of hope, persistence and overcoming obstacles during World War II in Norway. I don't really know a lot about Norway's participation in World War II and I was really interested to find out what the Nazi's had planned for the Norwegian people and how they fought back. I was very intrigued by the Norwegian Resistance as well as the Lebensborn program. Through the changing viewpoints of Rumi and Jens with some interjections by the maternity ward housekeeper, I could clearly see how the Nazi's plans and the paths of resistance that the SOE and the Norwegian people were planning. I was immediately taken with Rumi's character. I loved her attitude and willingness to help. Rumi and Jens were both clearly grieving and showed this in very different ways. Together, they were able to move through their grief and use that to help others in need. . The suspense builds as the Nazi's became closer to finding out Jens' whereabouts and how the Resistance kept one step ahead. I could feel the fear, excitement and determination of Rumi, Jens and their allies as they outmaneuvered the Nazi's. Rumi and Jens' romance progresses naturally, while I could tell from the beginning that this would be part of the story, I enjoyed that it took a slower pace and allowed for healing within both characters. While Rumi and Jens do help some women in the Lebensborn program, it almost seems like an afterthought. I would love to know if there was an operation to rescue women from the program.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.