A new historical fiction novel is here!
Thanks to GetRedPR and Lake Union Books for the free early copy in exchange for my honest review
THE SECRET STEALERS – Jane Healey (Released April 1st, 2021)
A female American spy in Nazi-occupied France finds purpose behind enemy lines in a novel of unparalleled danger, love, and daring by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Beantown Girls.
Anna Cavanaugh is a restless young widow and brilliant French teacher at a private school in Washington, DC. Everything changes when she’s recruited into the Office of Strategic Services by family friend and legendary WWI hero Major General William Donovan.
Donovan has faith in her—and in all his “glorious amateurs” who are becoming Anna’s fast friends: Maggie, Anna’s down-to-earth mentor; Irene, who’s struggling to find support from her husband for her clandestine life; and Julia, a cheerful OSS liaison. But the more Anna learns about the organization’s secret missions, the more she longs to be stationed abroad. Then comes the opportunity: go undercover as a spy in the French Resistance to help steal critical intelligence that could ultimately turn the tide of the war.
Dispatched behind enemy lines and in constant danger, Anna is filled with adrenaline, passion, and fear. She’s driven to make a difference—for her country and for herself. Whatever the risk, she’s willing to take it to help liberate France from the shadows of occupation and to free herself from the shadows of her former life.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
My absolute favorite thing about historical fiction is when the author puts in the time and research for the time period. In Jane Healey’s newest release, THE SECRET STEALERS, it is so clear that there was a lot of time and effort put into the accuracy of this novel. Our main character’s actions and efforts with the OSS are based on true events of the female spies in WWII. I had no idea there were so many women that were going behind enemy lines to help liberate France in WWII – this was so interesting to learn about!
Anna is a young widow and a French teacher at a Washington, DC private school. One day, Anna is recruited to the Office of Strategic Services and she immediately finds her new calling. All of the organization”s missions are making her want to be stationed overseas to help. Her opportunity finally comes and it sends her to be a spy in the French Resistance to gain intelligence that could completely change the war. Such high risks being behind enemy lines but Anna knows that it’s for the good of her country.
Not only is there the historical accuracy part but it is also beautifully written. I really enjoyed this book and learning about just a small portion of what these incredible and inspiring women did. I highly recommend picking this one up!