From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Bookshop in London comes a moving new novel inspired by the true history of America’s library spies of World War II.
Ava thought her job as a librarian at the Library of Congress would mean a quiet, routine existence. But an unexpected offer from the US military has brought her to Lisbon with a new mission: posing as a librarian while working undercover as a spy gathering intelligence.
Meanwhile, in occupied France, Elaine has begun an apprenticeship at a printing press run by members of the Resistance. It’s a job usually reserved for men, but in the war, those rules have been forgotten. Yet she knows that the Nazis are searching for the press and its printer in order to silence them.
As the battle in Europe rages, Ava and Elaine find themselves connecting through coded messages and discovering hope in the face of war.
Ava has been commissioned, because of her language skills, to head to Lisbon to help with the war effort. She is such an introvert and this is not what she planned to do with her life. But, because her brother is serving, she decides that whatever she can do to help, she will do. However, this turns into more than she bargained for and she realizes she must become as tough as nails to survive.
Ava is a character after my own heart. She is a true bibliophile and I love how she carries a suitcase full of books with her to Europe. This is definitely something I would do. However, her espionage skills are not where they need to be. This puts her in danger on more than one occasion.
For the life of me, I do not know why this is not a five star read for me. I am usually all about WWII. I may be a bit tired of this time period (NEVER!). The characters seemed a bit flat and even though I loved all the book references, I found myself zoning out during parts of this book. But…like I said…it is probably me. My friend over at Silvers Reviews gave it 5 stars. So…yep…probably me.
Need a good WWII espionage story…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
About the Author
Madeline Martin is a New York Times and international bestselling author of historical fiction novels and historical romance. She lives in sunny Florida with her two daughters, two incredibly spoiled cats and a husband so wonderful he’s been dubbed Mr. Awesome. She is a die-hard history lover who will happily lose herself in research any day. When she’s not writing, researching or ‘moming’, you can find her spending time with her family at Disney or sneaking a couple spoonfuls of Nutella while laughing over cat videos. She also loves travel, attributing her fascination with history to having spent most of her childhood as an Army brat in Germany.
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