Saturday, September 30, 2023

THE STARLET SPY by Rachel Scott McDaniel, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Once - just once - I'd love a role where the leading lady joined the fray, helping the hero in the climatic attack rather than standing aside as a horrified spectator . . . But that wasn't how the script went."

Amelie Blake has just been handed the opportunity of a lifetime . . . to re-write her script. Unfortunately it required remaining in her role as a "brainless blond" starlet while she served as a spy for the United States Office of Strategic Services. Slipping into her Swedish homeland under the guise of visiting her ill mother, Amelie was to mingle among the Swedish elite in order to gain information on, and possibly access to, highly sensitive documents that had gone missing during the hectic evacuation of Danes into Sweden. Her main target? . . . Swedish shipping magnate Finn Ristaffason, whose cool demeanor and deep pockets made him an enigma that Amelie was assigned to explore.

As you might expect, this story swirls with subterfuge, leaving Amelie struggling to maintain her role as a naive celebrity, when in fact her keen intelligence skills were difficult to ignore if one looked ever so closely . . . and there was one person in particular who was looking very closely . . . dare she want him to? "Trust no one."

Enjoyable, historical, witty, intriguing, romantic, inspiring . . . "Over the past decade, I'd had many roles, but God had called me to go off script. To be the leading lady in the story He'd written for me." 

BackCover Blurb:
Hollywood Star Turns Spy
In 1943, movie producer Henrik Zoltan approaches Amelie Blake under the guise of offering the Hollywood star a leading part in his upcoming film, but he has a more meaningful role in mind. Amelie’s homeland of Sweden declared neutrality in the war, but Stockholm has become the “Casablanca of the North.” When top-secret atomic research goes missing in Sweden, the Allied forces scramble to recover the files before they fall into Nazi hands.

The United States Office of Strategic Services (OSS) needs someone who’s subtle enough to spy on the Swedish elite without triggering suspicion. Who better than the “all beauty, no brains” Scandinavian starlet? Fluent in three languages and possessing a brilliant memory, Amelie loathes being labeled witless but uses the misconception as her disguise. She’s tasked with searching for the crucial files, but Finn Ristaffason keeps getting in her way. Is the charming shipping magnate after the missing research? Or does he have other reasons for showing up at her every turn?

With the Gestapo on her heels, Amelie must rely on her smarts in addition to her acting skills to survive a world of deadly spies and counterspies.
Barbour Publishing, August 2023
Available in digital ebook, paperback, library binding, and audiobook:
Buy THE STARLET SPY at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House 

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Picture of Hope by Liz Tolsma
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Mrs. Witherspoon Goes to War by Mary Davis
A Rose for the Resistance by Angela K. Couch
Season of My Enemy by Naomi Musch
Escape from Amsterdam by Lauralee Bliss
On My Honor by Patty Hall
The Escape Game by Marilyn Turk
Beneath a Peaceful Moon by Debby Lee


1 comment:

  1. Thank you so very much for reading and reviewing, Rebecca!


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