A novel of science, love, espionage, beautiful writing, and a heroine who carves a strong path in the world of men. As far as I’m concerned there is nothing left to want.”–Ann Patchett, author The Dutch House
“A highly-charged love story that reveals the dangerous energy at the heart of every real connection…Riveting.”–Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing
Love. Desire. Betrayal. Her choice could save a nation.
Chicago, 1950. Rosalind Porter has always defied expectations–in her work as a physicist on the Manhattan Project and in her passionate love affair with colleague Thomas Weaver. Five years after the end of both, her guilt over the bomb and her heartbreak over Weaver are intertwined. She desperately misses her work in the lab, yet has almost resigned herself to a more conventional life.
Then Weaver gets back in touch–and so does the FBI. Special Agent Charlie Szydlo wants Roz to spy on Weaver, whom the FBI suspects of passing nuclear secrets to Russia. Roz helped to develop these secrets and knows better than anyone the devastating power such knowledge holds. But can she spy on a man she still loves, despite her better instincts? At the same time, something about Charlie draws her in. He’s a former prisoner of war haunted by his past, just as her past haunts her.
As Rosalind’s feelings for each man deepen, so too does the danger she finds herself in. She will have to choose: the man who taught her how to love . . . or the man her love might save?
Roz is a physicist, or rather, she used to be. Now she sells antique jewelry at a department store. She greatly misses her lab work. But, she was let go after the Manhattan project because of a terrible report about her. This had damaged her from other lab jobs. Enter Special Agent Charlie Szydlo. He wants her to spy on her old lover. And boy…does that open old wounds.
I fluctuated between 4 and 5 stars on this one. I settled on 4 just because there are some places in the writing where I felt the conversations could have been better. Just a little overdramatic in spots. Now, this is not enough to even worry about..just my opinion and my thought process. Other than that little hitch…this book is wonderful. I love Roz. She is strong and smart. Two of my favorite aspects in a character. She did turn dumb….as some women do…when it comes to an old flame. You will have to read this to find out.
Then there is Charlie. This is a person who has been through so much. He is damaged from the war and he just doesn’t know how to channel the damage. His war experience is a favorite part of this read. His tale had me captivated, cringing and crying. When he meets Roz, he struggles to overcome this experience and let her in.
This book has just about everything…love, romance, espionage, suspense, murder. It is all in one package! Oh…and I love the science spattered throughout this read! Grab your copy today!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.