Saturday, March 16, 2019

THE SONGBIRD AND THE SPY by J'nell Ciesielski, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

The Songbird and the Spy is another amazing novel by J’nell Ciesielski. I read and enjoyed her debut novel Among the Poppies, so I was eager to dig into this book. I was completely captivated by this riveting story set in France during WWII. With well-developed and endearing main characters, great secondary characters, attention to historical detail, and a gripping, complex plot, this tale kept me turning the pages. The depiction of life during this horrific time in history was eye-opening, and learning about the things people did to try to hasten end to the war was heart-stopping. 
Michael and Claire were courageous and vividly drawn, and I was drawn to their courage and bravery. With plenty of suspense, intrigue, and romance, this novel has something for everyone. I loved the tender threads of hope and faith that weave through the story. I would recommend it to those who enjoy excellent historical fiction.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

BackCover Blurb:

Readers will devour each moment leading up to the satisfying ending. - Publishers Weekly

As shells explode over Nazi-occupied France, American music student Claire Baudin is trapped behind enemy lines, struggling to protect her identity. Singing as a barmaid while she plans her escape, a handsome Third Reich captain threatens everything she knows to be true about the enemy.

Nazi Captain Michael Reiner isn't who he claims to be. A British language expert turned spy, he discovers the truth about Claire, but he knows the importance of a secret. Struggling to resist his attraction to the songbird, he's determined to complete his assignment, no matter the cost. His cover is threatened when a ruthless female Gestapo officer arrives, hunting Resistance fighters. The raid forces Michael's hand: complete the mission or save Claire.

As the war threatens to tear them apart, they must rely on each other for survival. Is there hope—and a future—for an American songbird and a British spy?

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  1. Readers will certainly expect great things after that review... and anyone who read Among the Poppies is no doubt eager to read this one! Thanks Winnie!

  2. Yes, Debra, and it's free today!


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