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  • Historical Fiction WW II Decoy Women

    England May 1940, Esme Colborne is engaged to Richard Trevannion he’s from one of the oldest and well to do families in England. Esme’s mother Naomi wants to have a chat, she’s expecting the dreaded what to expect on your wedding night talk and its much worse. Esme is devastated to learn that she’s adopted, she’s twenty five, her parents have waited until just before her wedding to share this information with her and how can she possibly tell Richard? Esme feels betrayed, she’s in shock, she’s not good enough to marry her fiancée and she runs away. Esme finds a place to live, by chance a stranger over hears her talking French and she’s given an unexpected opportunity. Esme has no idea how she could her country during WW II but they have a plan to test men who have trained to be Special Operations Executives and before dropping them into France. The idea is to use 'decoy women', Esme is sent to the Hotel Aurelian, here she’s given assignments to meet, chat to the agents and try to get them to slip up and blow their cover stories. Esme proves that’s there’s more than one way to win a war, she’s very good at her job and some agents don’t pass the final test. Unfortunately for Esme she discovers the war is very dangerous, the air raid sirens, bomb shelters and barbed wire on the beaches are not props. During a bombing raid she experiences the terror and afterwards the sadness and tragedy of two lives lost. This makes Esme think about her choices she’s made, did she judge her parents harshly and would Richard ever want to see her again? Her Patriotic Duty is a brilliant story, it made me aware of women volunteering to be decoys during WW II, it was part of Winston Churchill’s plan to win the war and he was a very clever man. Well done to Rosie Meddon to write a book that honors and makes us aware of these brave and smart women. I received a copy of this book in exchange for writing an honest review and gave the book five stars.

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  • Interesting

    This is my first book by this author and I must say I enjoyed her style of writing and storyline. Interesting characters and subject. I enjoy reading stories set during WW2 in womens fiction as I still learn what happened in a sense without it being boring. I never knew about the decoys so that was interesting.. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for a ARC and this is my honest opinion.

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  • Liked it

    It starts with a young society woman, Esme, being with her cousin, Louise , 2 days before her wedding. That night after the dinner with her future in laws, she receives the news that she was adopted by the people she has always considered her parents. She decided to leave the place she has considered home and find out who she is Due to her ability she begins to reinvent herself. She tries to get a job in one of the shops but they are not hiring. As she becomes more desperate to support herself, a chance encounter sends her to a secret office, where she meets with 2 interviewers who are quite impressed by her looks, her background, etc. After one more interview, she is accepted to work as a decoy to assess SOE operatives likelihood of dropping the ball and giving out too much information. Funny in some spots , sad in others, throughout the story we see the growth of ESME from a cosseted daughter of wealth to a maturing young woman of World War II. INTRIGUING PREMISE

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