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    A novel of the thrilling lives of WWII women spies

    Ciji Ware's latest novel Landing by Moonlight delves into the thrilling lives of WWII spies, in particular, women intelligence agents who were able to get information by using skills in ways men could not. It's a memorable tale, filled with heroic moments and interspersed with sadness and the horrors of an unforgettable war. Our main character is Catherine Thornton, a wealthy American journalist who craves to follow in her late father's footsteps rather than lead a pampered life in which she is miserable. Catherine is beautiful, intelligent, quick-witted, bold, daring...and not healed from a young life of trauma. It's perhaps this combination that makes her a fascinating character. She is quite fearless and confident, not dwelling on her past, a strong woman that throws herself into danger to save others. From the beginning, Catherine has an adulterous affair with Henri LeBlanc, and she's almost too blasé about their relationship which made me slow to warm up to her, until I got to know her story better, including her past. Eventually the two fall in love, but they are both spies in a vicious war that takes them apart time and again. I'm glad the author kept their relationship real while focusing primarily on Catherine's work as a spy. There were times, though, that I did want more of an exploration into her psyche - how her past traumas affected her. I wanted to see more of her inner turmoil. She was almost too perfect and got over traumatic events too easily. But on the other hand, perhaps this is how she was meant to be seen, as someone that could move on and do what needed to be done when the going got tough, part of what kept her alive. I was transported to several places in Europe but loved France best, where Catherine did most of her work with her comrade in arms, Sean Eisenhower, and the network of other spies and members of the French Resistance. This part of the novel was filled with dangerous missions, life in the small towns that were invaded by the German Nazis, descriptions of the Resistance movement, and how war affected all those that experienced it. It's clear that Ciji Ware has done her research and deftly interwoven historical figures with true events into her story. Fans of WWII stories will be left satisfied as they read about men and women who sacrificed everything to help win the war. According to the author's notes, I was happy to learn that this is the first book in the Spy Sisters Series. I'll definitely look for the next book, and eagerly anticipate learning more about the women who made a difference during WWII.
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    Great novel about WWII in France

    I was really excited to receive a copy of this book, since I had read books about Vera Atkins, Violette Szabo and other S.O.E agents, about Julia and Paul Child's time in the O.S.S., as well as books about events, that happened in France, during WWII. This novel did not disappoint. From the first chapter, when Catherine and Henri broke into a safe in his French embassy to find codes to help Allies track the German Navy, I was caught up in the story. Both Catherine and Henri are in unhappy marriages and decide to join the S.O.E. to help Henri's native France to overthrow the Nazis. Both Catherine and Henri had to deal with rumors, that Henri was a double agent and actually a spy for the Vichy government, Germany's ally. Although, they were sent on separate missions, Catherine in the South of France and Henri in Paris, they never stopped thinking, if the other was safe. Both go through harrowing adventures, do meet up once and reaffirm their love, only to separate once again and be captured by the enemy. If you want to find out, how their story ends, you will have to read the book! Not only was this novel well written, with an exciting plot, the author researched, thoroughly, the time period and the actual settings in various parts of France. By adding real personages and events, that happened, Ciji Ware added to the enjoyment of the novel. I recommend this novel to anyone, who is interested in this time period, and loves spy stories.
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    Landing By Moonlight

    Landing by Moonlight: A Novel of WW II is another great read by Ciji Ware. It is based on true historical events during the second world war. I love that the main character is a female secret agent. Catherine gets caught up in a lot of action and adventure. I admired her bravery and courage. Readers need to get ready to hold on their seats because this book is one thrilling ride. I could not help to keep turning the pages continuously. I had the whole book read in one sitting. The author did a great job with the historical details that made me feel like I was part of the story. I am giving Landing by Moonlight a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy World War II era novels. I loved it! I look forward to reading more by this author in the future. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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    Well-researched, thrilling, and tense!

    Author Ciji Ware has crafted a well-researched and thrilling historical fiction novel of WWII. “Landing by Moonlight” has the kind of characters that grow on you and become people that you worry about chapter after chapter. And worry I did! This story focuses on a piece of WWII history not really familiar to me. I’ve read some about the undercover men and women working right under the noses of the Nazis but they were always secondary characters to the hero or heroine. Here, they are front and center. This story immerses you in the constant danger they had to have been under at all times and made for a tense, and exhilarating, reading experience. The mantra, “Trust no one,” was really brought home for me. Not even knowing who among your old friends and acquaintances were working for the Nazis, maybe just to get food for their children, was terrifying. Besides the constant threat of exposure, the characters are out in the field accomplishing the big tasks that helped turn the tide of war in favor of the Allies – tasks that someone really had to do – exhilarating when successful and exhilarating when it was over. Characters need to blow off a little steam and relieve the pent-up tension so there are sexual relationships and well-written scenes of a sexual nature. Another aspect of this book I enjoyed were the various settings. The characters move around from location to location and each time this author made me see and feel the time and the place. My favorite had to be the setting in the south of France. I could almost feel the sun, see the old boats, and taste the ‘new’ red wines. I recommend this book to historical fiction readers, especially those that want a pretty immersive tale. This one so very well done. I received a copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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