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  • The Dancer

    Sylvie grew up with her mother and traveling with the dance troupe through France. When her mother passed she went to live with her father and stepmother in England. When her father died she decided to work for the war effort. She joined the S.O.E. British Special Ops and traveled to France. Her cover was a dancer in a nightclub, her mission was to gain the trust of the German officers in the nightclub and pass information on to the British network. The story is exciting as her life is often in danger from her activities with the French Resistance. She becomes a valued member and her job becomes more and more important as it becomes more dangerous. As her value grows as an agent so does her romance with fellow resistance member Felix. I loved the characters and the closeness family type feeling of the members of the club and the dancers. The romance with Felix was a bit more graphic than what I like, but no more so than many romances I have encountered in other WWII books I have read. It seems that in time of danger and trouble everyone needs someone to cling to and to forger the ugliness of war. I liked the ending and especially with Marcel and Louise as well as Felix and Sylvie. It was a good story, moved at a fast pace and kept me reading. I would recommend it . Thanks to Elisabeth Hobbes, Harper Collins, U.K., One More Chapter, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a copy for an honest review.

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  • Recommend, PageTurner, spy intrigue

    Alluring, charming, and knowing fluent French are skills Sylvie had that the British government wanted to use in order to infiltrate the German take over of France. Sylvie was French born, but her father was a British soldier from the previous skirmish of when England & Germany were at odds. Her mother raised her alone while she traveled from dance theatre to theatre as a dancer. Sylvie also became a dancer of sorts and as an agent she was placed in a club that German officers patronized. One German in particular was intrigued by Sylvie and he had first hand information about certain things that could be of use for the Resistance possibly. Sylvie had to be also careful of the individuals working in the club because they could be German sympathizers and she didn’t know if Felix the piano player who she has a love hate relationship with is on what side. This book is a PageTurner and I had to keep reading until I finished it! I loved the style of the authors writing because it is cohesive and it flows. The characters are strong and have depth! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read! I received an advanced copy from NetGalley and these are my willingly given thoughts and opinions.

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  • Dancer spy

    Very good story of a dancer who is recruited to work for the French Resistance during WW2. She will work in a nightclub and run errands for the Resistance. There is a lot of danger and a little romance too. I received a digital ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Historical Romance Thriller World War II

    The Secret Agent by Elisabeth Hobbes’ historical fiction is set in World War II occupied France and exciting from the first pages. Horrifying scenes and fast paced thrills are the norm in this story. As expected there are many sorrows in this war story with a few happy moments. The main character Sylvie seemed more focused on romance rather than on the war effort. I thought this book at times lacked some details, depth and feeling. However overall it was an enjoyable story. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book. 4 Stars

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  • Historical Fiction WW II Secret Agents

    Sylvie Crichton trains to be a Special Operations Executive and she’s the perfect choice, she was born in France, her first language is French and she’s keen to fight to free her homeland. After she passes the grueling training in Scotland, Sylvie's dropped into France in 1944; reality of her situation hits when she sees her first German soldier and has to go through the first check point. Sylvie’s orders are to meet her contact; her code name is Monique and begins working as a dancer in a nightclub called Mirabelle in Nantes. Sylvie’s thrust into a world where she can’t trust anyone and it’s really hard when she’s working with a group of friendly girls and the attractive club piano player Felix is always lurking around. The plan's for Sylvie to use her job as a way of meeting German soldiers, to encourage them to drink, let their guard down and hopefully tell her vital facts she can pass onto the resistance. She’s also required to be a courier, transport equipment, liaise with safe houses and the local resistance and help with acts of sabotage against the Germans. When she gains the unwanted attention of a Nazi soldier, how far is Sylvie willing to go to get the information she needs, he becomes a constant nuisance and not only does it put her life in danger and the entire network could be at risk? The Secret Agent is a story about Sylvie’s time working as a SOE in France, it’s interesting to read about the training the agents went through, all the skills required to be one, the work they did for the resistance and how it was difficult for them to keep it business only. People have feelings; they make friends, form relationships, fall in love and being involved in WW II didn’t change this. I received a copy of The Secret Agent in exchange for an honest review; I highly recommend reading the book and five stars from me.

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