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From the bestselling author of The Light After the War comes the unforgettable story of a young woman waging her own war against the Nazis as a spy for the Resistance on the French Riviera.

Paris, 1943: Lana Antanova is rushing to tell her husband she is pregnant when she witnesses him being executed by a Gestapo officer for hiding a Jewish girl in a piano. Overcome with grief, Lana loses the baby.

A few months later, a heartbroken Lana is approached to join the Resistance on the French Riviera. As the daughter of a Russian countess, Lana has the perfect background to infiltrate the émigré community of Russian aristocrats who socialise with Nazi officers, including the man who killed her husband.

Lana’s cover story makes her the mistress of a wealthy Swiss playboy, the darkly handsome and charismatic Guy Pascal, and her base his villa in Cap Ferrat. Together they make a ruthlessly effective team. Consumed by her mission, Lana doesn’t count on becoming attached to a young Jewish girl or falling helplessly in love with Guy.

As the Nazis close in, Lana’s desire to protect the ones she loves threatens to put them all at risk.

Photograph by David Perry

Anita Abriel was born in Sydney, Australia. She received a BA in English literature with a minor in creative writing from Bard College. She is author of The Light After the War and Lana’s War. She lives in California with her family.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia (December 2, 2020)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781760855932

‘Filled with danger and romance, Lana's War is the story of a courageous woman waging her own battle against the Nazis ... Anita Abriel’s tender, yet fast paced novel deftly juxtaposes the beauty and opulence of the French Rivera against the atrocities of WWII.  Cinematic in scope, this novel will keep readers turning pages with twists and turns that lead to an unforgettable ending.’

– Renee Rosen, bestselling author of Park Avenue Summer

‘In Lana's War, Anita Abriel puts the reader on the French Riviera during World War II, in a time and a place where the barbed wire fences and marching boots of the Nazis are terrifying, even as the sweep of Mediterranean views and bursts of bright bougainvillea are intoxicating. Lana is a heroine to root for, and her story of loss and love is inspiring and life-affirming. I was completely engrossed in this lush, transportive novel.'

– Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Queen's Fortune

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