Friday, April 24, 2020

THE SOCIALITE by J'Nell Ciesielski, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

After seeing the beautiful cover and reading the story description, I knew I had to read J’nell Ciesielski’s newest book, The Socialite. Set in France in 1941 with German troops occupying the country, I found this slice of history to be fascinating but poignant. Ciesielski’s obvious research and carefully crafted characters shine through and set the stage for a captivating story. 

Kat Whitford is sent to Paris to bring her sister Eleanor home, while Barrett Anderson is charged with bringing them both home safely. Of course, this doesn’t prove to be an easy task. I enjoyed the witty dialogue and the chemistry between Kat and Barrett. The characters come alive on the page, and the gripping plot is paced well to keep the action going.

With plenty of suspense, intrigue, history, and a dash of romance and inspiration, this story has a little of everything. The uplifting message of courage, hope, and optimism in the face of unfathomable danger makes this an unforgettable tale.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson Publishers through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

BackCover Blurb:

Glamour, treachery, and espionage collide when an English socialite rushes to save her sister from the Nazis.

As the daughter of Sir Alfred Whitford, Kat has a certain set of responsibilities. But chasing her wayward sister, Ellie, to Nazi-occupied Paris was never supposed to be one of them. Now accustomed to the luxurious lifestyle that her Nazi boyfriend provides, Ellie has no intention of going back to the shackled life their parents dictate for them—but Kat will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.

Arrested for simply trying to defend himself against a drunken bully, Barrett Anderson is given the option of going to jail or serving out his sentence by training Resistance fighters in Paris. A bar owner serves as the perfect disguise to entertain Nazis at night while training fighters right below their jackboots during the day. Being assigned to watch over two English debutantes is the last thing he needs, but a payout from their father is too tempting to resist. Can Barrett and Kat trust each other long enough to survive, or will their hearts prove more traitorous than the dangers waiting around the corner?

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  1. This book sounds very intriguing , I love the cover! Thank you so much for sharing about this book and sharing your review, I would love to read it , so I will be adding it to my TBR list. Have a Great weekend. Stay safe. God bless you and your family.


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