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IN THE ARMS OF
By Lisbeth Eng
The Wild Rose Press
SUMMARY: Isabella Ricci has pledged her life for the cause - to free Italy from Nazi oppression. Her mission for the Resistance, to seduce a German officer into revealing military secrets, could be deadly. Can she complete her assignment before losing her heart...or her life?
Isabella wasn’t used to such elegant surroundings and took care not to slip on the polished marble floor in her borrowed shoes. If I fall I’ll never pull this off, and I’d probably rip Silvia’s dress in the process. She almost laughed at the thought, but it was apprehension, not amusement, she felt.
On the stone terrace, she leaned against the outer wall and drew a long breath. The view of the exquisite gardens below did nothing to ease her tension. Perhaps a little food would help. As she turned and looked up, hoping to spot a nearby waiter, she realized she was being observed. He was an officer, tall and dark-haired, probably in his late twenties. She noted from the insignia on his tunic that he was a captain in the German Army.
“Buona sera, signorina,” he said with a courteous smile, and tipped his glass in her direction.
To Isabella, the soft tone of his German-accented Italian seemed at odds with the severity of his Wehrmacht uniform. “Buona sera,” she responded, then quickly turned away. Was it revulsion for the enemy or simply shyness that induced her retreat to the salon? I’ll need to overcome both if I’m to succeed tonight.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lisbeth Eng is a native New Yorker whose love of literature, history and romance led her on the rewarding path to romance writing. An English major in college, Lisbeth has also studied Italian, German and French. Besides writing, world travel is her passion, and trips to Italy and Germany have lent authenticity to her European-set World War II romance novel. Lisbeth currently lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a stone’s throw from Central Park and Lincoln Center, and loves the fascinating pace of life in the Big Apple. Visit her at www.lisbetheng.com.
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