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Publisher's Summary

A female American spy in Nazi-occupied France finds purpose behind enemy lines in a novel of unparalleled danger, love, and daring by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Beantown Girls.

Anna Cavanaugh is a restless young widow and brilliant French teacher at an all-girls school in Washington, DC. Everything changes when she’s recruited into the Office of Strategic Services by family friend and legendary WWI hero Major General William Donovan.

Donovan has faith in her--and in all his “glorious amateurs” who are becoming Anna’s fast friends: Maggie, Anna’s down-to-earth mentor; Irene, who’s struggling to find support from her husband for her clandestine life; and Julia, a cheerful OSS liaison. But the more Anna learns about the organization’s secret missions, the more she longs to be stationed abroad. Then comes the opportunity: go undercover as a spy in the French Resistance to help steal critical intelligence that could ultimately turn the tide of the war.

Dispatched behind enemy lines and in constant danger, Anna is filled with adrenaline, passion, and fear. She’s driven to make a difference - for her country and for herself. Whatever the risk, she’s willing to take it to help liberate France from the shadows of occupation and to free herself from the shadows of her former life.

©2021 by Jane Healey (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Sing-song Narration

This is the 3rd Jane Healy book I've read/listened to. The story is poor – with historical inaccuracies, and implausible scenarios.
I've really had it with the narrator's sing-song reading. It truly got on my nerves, and admittedly, may have impacted my overall feeling of the book, however, on a technical point, the book did not "whisper-sync" as promised, so for ease of switching between one format and the other, I had to get to the end of a chapter.

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  • 05-07-21

Good topic, bad performance

Protagonist is a 25 year-old college graduate who has spent a post-graduate year in Paris. She is also the daughter of an American industrialist. Should be great WWII spy novel, but her thought processes and behavioral patterns are those of a 13 year-old silly girl. This is an absolute disconnect from reality. To continually listen to her childish emotions in the midst of Nazi-occupied France is just beyond tolerance to the listener. Very disappointed, as the topic should be riveting to the listener.

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The woman performing this story has this whispery annoying tone to her voice that I literally could not listen to anymore and I quit the book halfway through it. The entire book this woman is whispering or has a whispering tone to her voice and it is totally annoying and I will watch for her name and any other books and will not purchase the books because of her voice.

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Good if you like sorry of espinarge l was a bit

Good if you like espinarge l was a bit disappointed with my choice in the end the reader of the book is great

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women in war

A very memorable book. To know how women helped during the war was incredible .

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Good story, not a great voice

It was difficult to finish listening to this quaking voice. Accents were all fine, but as the main character... brutal to listen to such a bold, brave woman shaking with every word throughout the entire story, no matter the mood.

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Loved the history

What a fantastic story and a great job by the narrator. She had authentic accents and I can’t believe how many different persona she was able to remember and authentically create. I love World War II history and this will be one of my new favorites

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Great story! Couldn’t wait to drive to listen again

I hesitated to purchase the book based on a few bad reviews. So glad I dismissed the bad reviews because this was one of my fav WW2 fictional pieces. I only “read” WW2 fiction these days so that says a lot if you like this genre.

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Wonderful historical set during WWII

A 25yr old woman is passionate to join the war effort after her young husband is killed in action. She becomes an asset, as her Frech is as good as a native speaker and her family has connections in the Office of Strategic Services, I enjoyed the spy aspect of the novel as much as the romance and action portions. A satisfying read.
Sarah Mollo-Christensen did a fantastic job of narrating this book in such a way as to increase the suspense, fear, and excitement. A very enjoyable listen.

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Recommended audio and read

What an awesome story. It was well written and the narrator did an exceptional job with the various characters. I highly recommend this.

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  • 04-07-21

Story fab but narrator is shocking

The story is exciting and intriguing and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book so expected the narrator to read it the same way I had imagined it would be read in my head. However she is so monotonous and the last word of each sentence ends on the same downward depressing pitch it makes listening so difficult, she sounds like she's being forced to narrate and just didn't coincide with the story.

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  • Mrs Jayne Wiltowski
  • 05-28-21

Amazing

Fascinating story, which has some factual basis. To be honest I struggled with the American accent at first but once I got use to it, it was fine. Gripping story from start to finish