The Girl from Guernica

An epic historical novel

by Karen Robards

On Sale: 09/06/2022

The Girl from Guernica

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The Girl from Guernica

An epic historical novel

by Karen Robards

On Sale: 09/06/2022


About the Book

Inspired by Picasso’s great masterpiece Guernica, New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards returns with a riveting story of love, intrigue, deception and bravery in the face of war…

On an April day in 1937, the sky opens and fire rains down upon the small Spanish town of Guernica. Seventeen-year-old Sibi and her family are caught up in the horror. Griff, an American military attaché, pulls Sibi from the wreckage, and it’s only the first time he saves her life in a span of hours. When Germany claims no involvement in the attack, insisting the Spanish Republic was responsible, Griff guides Sibi to lie to Nazi officials. If she or her sisters reveal that they saw planes bearing swastikas, the gestapo will silence them—by any means necessary.  

As war begins to rage across Europe, Sibi joins the underground resistance, secretly exchanging information with Griff. But as the scope of Germany’s ambitions becomes clear, maintaining the facade of a Nazi sympathizer becomes ever more difficult. And as Sibi is drawn deeper into a web of secrets, she must find a way to outwit an enemy that threatens to decimate her family once and for all.  

Masterfully rendered and vividly capturing one of the most notorious episodes in history, The Girl from Guernica is an unforgettable testament to the bonds of family and the courage of women in wartime.

Critical Praise

“With gripping descriptions of bombings, fearful interrogations, and a blooming love story, Robards delivers a fantastic, captivating historical romance." --Booklist

"The Girl from Guernica is a riveting, high-stakes pager-turner that had my heart teetering in my throat and left tears in my eyes. Karen Robards gives us a meticulously researched story about the atrocities of the Guernica bombing that underscores the importance of reclaiming one’s power and the impact of one’s love for their family. I could not recommend this book more!"—Madeline MartinNew York Times bestselling author of The Last Bookshop in London

"A stunning story of a family torn apart amidst the horrors of war, and a young woman’s determination to persevere as the shards of her previous life fall with vicious stabs around her. With beautiful and excruciating detail, Robards pulls the reader into another time and place, proving once more she is a master of storytelling."—Noelle Salazar, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Flight Girls and Angels of the Resistance  

“Dramatic, pacy and energetic, Robards’s historic tale of approaching war lands with frightening contemporary relevance.”—Jenny Lecoat, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl from the Channel Islands

“A truly outstanding novel, brilliantly written, that captured me and held me in its grip from page one. At its heart this story is about family love and the umbilical cords that stretch but never break. So much can be learnt from the telling of this story of what is truly important whether we live in a privileged, safe environment or in a theatre of conflict. The Black Swan of Paris reminds us of the power of love, hope and courage.”—Heather Morris, #1 bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

"I loved The Black Swan of Paris, which has everything you could ask for in the best historical fiction. A strong heroine to root for, a handsome and seductive spy, and a family secret that drives the plot at breakneck pace, all set against the sweeping backdrop of World War II. This novel is Robards's best yet!"—Lisa Scottoline, #1 bestselling author

“Long a master of suspense, Karen Robards turns her formidable talents to the Second World War. The Black Swan of Paris tells of singer Genevieve Dumont, who must navigate a tangled web of torn allegiances, painful secrets and a past that refuses to set her free, as she struggles to save all she holds dear from the Nazis. Boldly conceived and richly realized, Robards establishes herself in a single sweep at the forefront of World War II novels with an emotional and powerful tale.”—Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris

“An extraordinarily suspenseful, emotional read—The Black Swan of Paris is a stunning World War II novel that captivated me from the very first page to its breathtaking conclusion.”—Kelly Rimmer, bestselling author of The Things We Cannot Say

"Robards blends commendable attention to historical detail with intense realism and deep feeling. Historical fiction fans will be enthralled with this richly hewn novel and the romance and danger lurking around its every corner."—Publishers Weekly, starred review on The Black Swan of Paris

"An engaging story that explores an often overlooked aspect of World War II lore. For fans of Kristin ­Hannah’s The Nightingale, this page-turning novel full of suspense and excitement examines the lengths to which we are willing to go for our loved ones."—Library Journal on The Black Swan of Paris

“An emotional tapestry of divided loyalties and love.”—AARP on The Black Swan of Paris

"Beneath the glitz and glamour of the life of singing star Genevieve Dumont, aka Black Swan, lies a whirlwind story of love, loss, sacrifice, and war in Paris, 1944. Robards delivers a suspenseful historical account of the women in the Résistance who used heart, body, and soul to advance the Allies plans for an invasion, despite the ironclad control of the Nazis... WWII history buffs will appreciate the accurate depictions and backdrop, while romantic-suspense lovers will eagerly follow Genevieve from the seashores of France to the hilltops of Germany."—Booklist on The Black Swan of Paris

"One of the most popular voices in women's fiction."—Newsweek

"One terrific storyteller."—Chicago Tribune -

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780778309963
  • ISBN 10: 0778309967
  • Imprint: Mira
  • On Sale: 09/06/2022
  • Pages: 464
  • List Price:34.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Historical / World War II
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Romance / Historical / 20th Century
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage

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