Tag Archive | espionage

“When Tides Turn” by Sarah Sundin

I have read all of Sarah Sundin’s books that she has written about America in World War II, the Wings of Glory series, the Wings of the Nightingale series, and now the Waves of Freedom series.  I have been eagerly anticipating the third book in her Waves of Freedom series, “When Tides Turn”.  Finally!  This third book in the series follows another member of the Avery family as he fights the Nazi U-boats in the Atlantic.  The shipping lanes have been hounded by German wolf packs that terrorize merchant ships trying to ferry needed supplies to England.  Lt. Dan Avery is a no-nonsense naval officer who is stuck on land when he really wants to go to sea.  Tess Beaumont is a beautiful woman who longs to contribute to the war effort.  Since Dan is “married to the navy”, Tess has to be content to be his friend although she would like to be something more.  She decides to join the WAVES to do her duty for her country.

Along with the give and take between Dan and Tess, Ms. Sundin provides us with terrorism, espionage, treason, suspicion and a feel for life in the 1940’s during wartime.  Ms. Sundin’s extensive research is evident in her writing as she brings real history into her fiction.  She has also given a history of the WAVES along with the storyline.  I find her books to be interesting, true to actual events and romantic.  My wait for this book was rewarded with a wonderful story.  I am now eagerly waiting for the debut of her next series.  Don’t keep me waiting too long, Sarah!

I received a print copy of this book from RevellReads.com in return for my honest review.

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“Woman in the Shadows” by Jane Thynne

“Woman in the Shadows” by Jane Thynne is the third book in the Clara Vine Series that I have read.  Jane Thynne has become one of my very favorite authors.  Not only is her subject matter one that I love to read about, but her style of writing keeps me coming back for more.  I am so glad that she is expanding this series to five books.  I delight in reading about prominent characters who were engaged in the pre-World War II cat and mouse games of espionage.  I can picture myself in Berlin along with Clara, so vividly does Ms. Thynne describe the surroundings.  I feel the intrigue, the helplessness, the terror that must have been part of most persons’ lives during this time in Germany.  I fear for Clara as she does her duty for the Crown and possibly provides information that will someday save many lives.

Clara Vine is a young woman, part English, part Jewish German.  Her very existence is in peril as long as she lives in Berlin and hobnobs with the Reich’s top echelon.  She must watch every word, every nuance, every look, and every movement, to make sure she does not give herself away.  As an actress, is she acting the part in her own life, or just when she is around the Nazi hierarchy?  Whom can she trust?  Whom can she talk to?  Who knows the truths?

In England, the titles of Ms. Thynne’s books are different from those offered in the United States.  For instance, this same book I am reviewing has the title, “The Winter Garden” in the U.K.  This may be confusing for some, but I have researched the books and am aware of the differences.  I highly recommend this series and I will continue to read all that Ms. Thynne writes.

I received a print copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.

“A Love Transformed” by Tracie Peterson

A novel set in 1917, just before the United States’ entry into the Great War, “A Love Transformed” by Tracie Peterson tells the story of a young woman living in New York.  Clara Vesper has just been informed that her husband Adolph has been murdered in an apparent mugging.  With two young children, she is stunned to find out that she does not inherit her husband’s estate.  She has been the silent designing partner in a jewelry firm specializing in sapphire pieces which she designs and her husband and brother, Otto pass off as their creations.  In order to get away from her domineering mother and pushy brother-in-law, she flees to Montana to live with her aunt and uncle on their ranch where she spent wonderful times as a teenager.  Also at the ranch is her first beau.  He is recovering from an accident and she is coerced into caring for him.

After a while, sinister things start to happen.  Not only does her mother find her, but travels to the ranch to pressure her to return to New York and marry Otto.  Otto is involved in another trade…espionage.  He and his cohorts are smugglers and are involved in treason against the United States with Germany.  I enjoyed the book from this prolific author.  Ms. Peterson has written many novels, a few of which I have read.  I have liked each one.

I received a print copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in return for my honest review.

“The Pursuit of Pearls” by Jane Thynne

“The Pursuit of Pearls” by Jane Thynne is one book in the Clara Vine series.  Not only is the novel’s plot in my favorite genre, a World War II historical theme, but it is expertly written.  This is a spy novel at its best.  The main character, Clara Vine, an actress for the Reich, and a spy for the British government, is wonderfully portrayed.  I was so immersed in this novel that I really read more slowly than I usually do because I didn’t want the book to end.  Ms. Thynne’s inclusion of prominent names of the era and their interaction with Clara was brilliant.  We get a sense in this book of the highly emotional, tense, and dangerous every day existence of the inhabitants of Berlin…the hunters and the hunted.  I have a tendency to live in the books I read.  I feel as though I was actually experiencing what Clara did and having the same fear and terror that she felt at times.  This to me is the epitome of good writing.  Jane Thynne is one of my most favorite writers and I will read all that she writes.

I received a print copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.

Maggie Hope Mystery Series by Susan Elia MacNeal

Susan Elia MacNeal has written five books in the Maggie Hope Mystery series.  I read book number five first, “Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante” and was hooked on the series.  Since then I have read book number one, “Mr. Churchill’s Secretary”; book number two, “Princess Elizabeth’s Spy”; book number three, “His Majesty’s Hope”; and book number four, “The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent”.    I highly recommend reading them in chronological order.  The books follow each other in content and time so it is much easier to grasp the historical significance in each novel’s plot.

I find Ms. MacNeal’s writing to be top notch and her understanding of this historical time period to be well researched.  Towards the end of each book, I found myself pacing my reading because I was not looking forward to finishing the book.  I enjoyed each and every one and will be anxiously awaiting the release of her next novel in the series.

“Maggie Bright” by Tracy Groot

It is May, 1940.  England is alone battling Hitler’s Nazis.  Spies are everywhere.  At a boat harbor on the Thames, Clare Childs is the proud owner of Maggie Bright, a yacht bequeathed to her by someone she doesn’t know and which is the center of wartime espionage.  Drawn into an investigation by Scotland Yard, Clare is smack in the middle of history.  What no one knows is that the British Expeditionary Force is being forced out of France to the little town of Dunkirk on the Channel.  They are in full retreat.  What happens next is a miracle.  The Brits are not about to let their men founder on the shore of the English Channel.  Clare and all the characters in the book have certain roles to play in the drama that unfolds between May 30th and June 4th, 1940.

This book is a keeper.  It is a historical novel in that it captures the events of the greatest naval rescue in history.  Thinking to save 45,000 men of the 500,000 trapped at Dunkirk, the rescue flotilla rescued 340,000 men.  These actions by the Royal Navy and ordinary citizens determined to save their countrymen and defy the Fuhrer show the resistance and perseverance of the British people during a time when they were alone, waiting for the inevitable.  Tracy Groot wrote “Maggie Bright”, a story about a great event, one that involved a whole nation and its people.

I was sent a free print copy of the book by Tyndale Blog network in return for my honest review of the book.