A Novel

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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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]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780399179440
Branch Call Number: FIC STEEL, D.
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 12, 2020

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

Nov 13, 2019

The saga of Alex and her 30 years as a spy for Great Britain in the SOE and MI6 had so much potential. She undertook numerous missions behind enemy lines in WW II. As the wife of an ambassador, she was able to report back to MI6 from India (during Partition), Morocco, Hong Kong, and Russia (during the Cold War). Alex is a very likable character and her desire to serve her country comes through loud and clear. I just did not feel emotionally engaged in her story for much of the narrative. It just felt very shallow in emotion for much of the story. Readers who love quick read with exotic locales will find this book to be a treat. I was just expecting more.


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