Author: Jane Healey
Published by: Lake Union Publishing on Apr. 1, 2021
Genres: Historical Fiction
Source: Amazon Publishing
Book Rating: 9/10
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 an all-girls 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.
Immersive, pacey, and affecting!
The Secret Stealers is an absorbing, gripping tale set predominantly in Nazi-Occupied Paris during WWII that follows Anna Cavanaugh, a young widow and french teacher who, after taking a position as a PA to the director of the OSS, General Donovan, finally gets her wish to return to Paris as an undercover spy using her unique skillset to infiltrate, befriend, and acquire special intelligence from the enemy to help the efforts of both the French Resistance and Allied Forces.
The prose is polished and eloquent. The characters are spunky, driven, and resilient. And the plot, including all the subplots, intertwine and unravel into a sweeping saga of life, loss, family, heartbreak, betrayal, secrets, espionage, danger, survival, tragedy, friendship, and a touch of romance.
Overall, The Secret Stealers is a rich, evocative, tense novel by Healey that grabs you from the very first page and is sure to be a big hit with historical fiction lovers everywhere. I devoured, enjoyed, and highly recommend it!
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