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A Novel

eBook - 2019
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"At eighteen, Alexandra Wickham is presented to King George V and Queen Mary in an exquisite white lace and satin dress her mother has ordered from Paris. With her delicate blond looks, she is a stunning beauty who seems destined for a privileged life. But fate, a world war, and her own quietly rebellious personality lead her down a different path. By 1939, Europe is on fire and England is at war. From her home in idyllic Hampshire, Alex makes her way to London as a volunteer in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. But she has skills that draw the attention of another branch of the service. Fluent in French and German, she would make the perfect secret agent. Within a year, Alex is shocking her family in trousers and bright red lipstick. They must never know about the work she does--no one can know, not even the pilot she falls in love with. While her country and those dearest to her pay the terrible price of war, Alex learns the art of espionage, leading to life-and-death missions behind enemy lines and a long career as a spy in exotic places and historic times. Spy follows Alex's extraordinary adventures in World War II and afterward in India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong Kong, Moscow, and Washington, D.C., when her husband, Richard, enters the foreign service and both become witnesses to a rapidly changing world from post-war to Cold War. She lives life on the edge, with a secret she must always keep hidden"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2019]
ISBN: 9780399179457
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jul 28, 2020

The first half was good, during the war. After that is became a drowsy 💤 story. Not her best work, for sure.

Jul 25, 2020

Excellent story with fast moving plot. I highly recommend this book.

Feb 11, 2020

This novel is very poorly written, as if for middle schoolers rather than adults. An author as successful as Steel should know "show don't tell," but this entire book was "told" rather than shown. With VERY few details. And the main character was completely unrealistic. She was perfect at everything she did, fluent in French and German despite never having been to France or Germany before the war, and she achieved--what? We're never shown. She wins two medals--for what? We're TOLD in a sentence or two that she went behind enemy lines several times, and she got information that her superiors were very grateful for. Really? What information? How did she do it? What were the missions like? SHOW US. After the war she and her husband lived in India for 4 years--what happened there? Who knows? She was supposedly still a spy, working for MI6, but she never did anything but go to parties. Ditto all the other countries they lived in. Even her time in Moscow was rushed through with no details. How can a spy's life be this boring?!? Maybe this book is a fluke and other novels by Steel are better than this one, but I won't be finding out because I won't be reading anything else by her. Sigh.

Feb 10, 2020

In my opinion, this book should not be titled "Spy". There is a minimum of intrigue The book is so full of history I felt like I was in a forced history class with a test looming at the end. There is also too much personal information about the characters and repetitive. I kept reading thinking there must be more spy activity coming but sadly the book got more boring. I don't recommend this book unless someone has a true love of history during that time period. I also don't know how accurate the historical information is. Seems like a lot of effort went into research and nothing into creating a good spy novel.

Feb 08, 2020

The first was kind of boring and the more I read I was not impressed. I do not read about war stores and this sounded like it would be one. Maybe a good book for others but not me.
2020-02-08 returned unread!!!

Feb 02, 2020

Half way through it got boring.

Feb 01, 2020

Puff piece with a few glaring mistakes like Marines in WWII's Europe. Zzz...

Jan 29, 2020

This was my first book of 2020. I wasn't holding my breath as I was expecting the standard Danielle Steel formula. I was, surprised, however, since the plot was unique and though the lead character was the usual strong woman, the situation was different. All in all I enjoyed the book which was about a wartime spy.

Jan 24, 2020

I was very disappointed in this book. I was waiting for it to get more exciting and it never did.

Jan 12, 2020

Shallow account of female SOE spy in WW2. Pam Jenoff is must better fiction author recounting female SOE agents.

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