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  1. Carrie Carrie says:

    Spy by Danielle Steel is a World War II historical fiction novel that covers the thrilling life of one young British aristocrat that completely changed her future when the war hit England The book spans across decades following it s main character, Alexandra Wickham, through her adventurous lifetime.Alexandra came from a loving family with her two older brothers and parents who only wanted the best for her which of course in her time meant a good marriage However, in 1939 when Alexandra should Spy by Danielle Steel is a World War II historical fiction novel that covers the thrilling life of one young British aristocrat that completely changed her future when the war hit England The book spans across decades following it s main character, Alexandra Wickham, through her adventurous lifetime.Alexandra came from a loving family with her two older brothers and parents who only wanted the best for her which of course in her time meant a good marriage However, in 1939 when Alexandra should be thinking marriage and family the war hits the country and she finds herself leaving her home outside of the city to head directly into London to volunteer in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry as her brothers both head to war themselves.As Alexandra got to London she was quickly noticed by a man who enlisted her to come train as a spy for her country when it was found she had an ear for languages and could speak several fluently It quickly became apparent that Alexandra was extremely good at the missions and she became a huge asset as the war raged on.Again I was given the opportunity to read the latest Danielle Steel novel and again I came away impressed with the story and how quickly I was caught up in history and the life of a WWII spy One thing that always stands out to me as someone who prefers to switch things up and read different types of books is just how vastly different Danielle Steel s novels can be but then again there is always an brewing relationship mixed into the story to keep them grounded somewhat the same way This one was a fast paced historical with all the ups and downs of emotion and action one could want that I flew right through.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.Forreviews please visit


  2. MicheleReader MicheleReader says:

    I enjoyed Spy very much The story of a young British aristocrat spending WWII as a spy for the SOE and then her life as an MI6 spy living around the globe during important times in each country s history proved interesting I found her life and missions during WWII the most intriguing as her time spent in India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong Kong, Moscow and Washington, DC seemed to fly by It covered a lot of ground for a book under 300 pages and therefore, each section after WWII did not dig very d I enjoyed Spy very much The story of a young British aristocrat spending WWII as a spy for the SOE and then her life as an MI6 spy living around the globe during important times in each country s history proved interesting I found her life and missions during WWII the most intriguing as her time spent in India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong Kong, Moscow and Washington, DC seemed to fly by It covered a lot of ground for a book under 300 pages and therefore, each section after WWII did not dig very deep but that was fine with me This was a strong effort for the incredibly versatile Ms Steel It has what her fans, myself included, want A smart, strong female character, a love match worthy of the lead and lots of adventure And it has a beautiful cover as well Many thanks to NetGalley, Random House Ballantine and Ms Steel for an advance copy of this book


  3. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    Fascinating with one badass female protagonist Alex s story takes off at a great pace and does not slow throughout This is a one sitting read that deals with so many themes war, espionage, tragedy, love and family Just a very good story by Danielle Steel


  4. Mellie Antoinette Mellie Antoinette says:

    Alexandra Wickham is an ordinary woman living an extraordinary life in secret This is classic DS complete with her trademark rose colored glasses world is your oyster outlook It was everything I wanted in a light hearted, pre Christmas read In short, a happy reader


  5. Lynn Horton Lynn Horton says:

    Compared to the other historical fiction I read and I just finished Alan Furst s Under Occupation , Spy is pretty elementary Steele s writing is very basic, and the story isn t atmospheric at all There s so much telling and not showing that I cringed.When Steele and Taylor Bradford were up and coming novelists, I was too busy with family and business to read much fiction, so I didn t read them then I read my first Taylor Bradford this year and wasn t impressed The writing was much like Compared to the other historical fiction I read and I just finished Alan Furst s Under Occupation , Spy is pretty elementary Steele s writing is very basic, and the story isn t atmospheric at all There s so much telling and not showing that I cringed.When Steele and Taylor Bradford were up and coming novelists, I was too busy with family and business to read much fiction, so I didn t read them then I read my first Taylor Bradford this year and wasn t impressed The writing was much like Steele s simplistic and it s almost as if these novelists, whose success I applaud, haven t kept up with today s top selling authors.I m sorry to write this review, but Spy didn t impress me at all


  6. Lili Lili says:

    I ve honestly never read anything by Danielle Steel, because I associate her with mass market paperback romances from the 1980s And that s definitely not in my reader wheelhouse However, when I saw that her latest novel was historical fiction about a female intelligence agent in World War II, that was so soundly in my reader wheelhouse that it was irrational to ignore it Not only did I want to read it, I jumped it to the top of my reading queue.This novel was actually a sweeping family epic r I ve honestly never read anything by Danielle Steel, because I associate her with mass market paperback romances from the 1980s And that s definitely not in my reader wheelhouse However, when I saw that her latest novel was historical fiction about a female intelligence agent in World War II, that was so soundly in my reader wheelhouse that it was irrational to ignore it Not only did I want to read it, I jumped it to the top of my reading queue.This novel was actually a sweeping family epic rather than a World War II spy novel Only the first half of the novel approximately 100 pages dealt with the heroine s service in the Special Operations Executive, but the characters and the plot were so well drawn that this section of the novel could have been expanded withdepth into a 250 page novel of its own The uniqueness of this novel is that it answers the question What happens to these women after their great wartime adventures Again, in the second half of the novel, the author opted for breadth over depth and traced the heroine s life over two decades of peacetime intelligence service Each one of the foreign postings could have been a satisfying 250 page novel in its own right, rather than a twenty something page chapter.I did love the research and realism that the author brought to bear in this novel Each historical epoch was well drawn from India in the 1940s to the Soviet Union in the 1960s And the characters were interesting humans had this been a series of novels, I probably would have read each one to find out what life brings next for Alex and Richard However, I tend to prefer novels that are intricate microcosms rather than sweeping epics, so the lack of detail and depth was something that I had to adapt to while reading.This novel has genuinely changed my perception of Danielle Steel novels for the better I m pleased to see that there are at least three other Danielle Steel advance reader copies available at this time None are as soundly in my reader wheelhouse as this current novel however, I m definitely interested in exploringof what she can do.I received this book as a digital advance reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  7. Denise Breen Denise Breen says:

    I was excited to read this one at first because it was a historical fiction story I was disappointed because there was no depth to the story The story is about a young girl from a good English family that goes to work in London during WWII and ends up becoming a spy While there are details about her adventures, they don t go into real depth and I felt like I was reading a summary, not an actual book.


  8. Amanda - Mrs B& Amanda - Mrs B& says:

    There was no turning back, and she didn t want to She was an agent of British intelligence, and beyond the fear and victory and her own amazement, there was an overwhelming feeling of pride that she had done something for her country at last, something that mattered and would save lives And she was willing to sacrifice her own life to do it Danielle Steel shows no signs of slowing down, despite the fact that she has issued her 185th published novel with There was no turning back, and she didn t want to She was an agent of British intelligence, and beyond the fear and victory and her own amazement, there was an overwhelming feeling of pride that she had done something for her country at last, something that mattered and would save lives And she was willing to sacrifice her own life to do it Danielle Steel shows no signs of slowing down, despite the fact that she has issued her 185th published novel with Spy Steel continues to release up to half a dozen new books a year, entertaining her loyal readers across the globe Spy is a historical fiction based novel that combines elements of espionage, romance, drama and mystery.Alexandra Wickham leads Spy, a historical fiction title by Danielle Steel Spy begins its journey in 1939, a heartbreaking time for the heroine of this tale 1939 marks the beginning of a new era for Alex, she joins the war effort, but she also sees her family die for their country Beginning as a volunteer in the First Aid Corps division, Alex s capacity to prevail in the face of adversity catches the attention of the intelligence agency M16 Alex s fearless nature and flair for languages sees her recruited as a spy, working underground It is a role that sees Alex tackle a number of perilous missions, but Alex knows that her efforts will help her country in this time of great sacrifice Alex s dangerous adventures in France lead her to a soldier, who will capture her heart Eventually this soldier trades the army for a new life as a diplomat The two marry, but Alex continues to live a double life, as a spy and wife of a diplomat Spy spans three decades, as Alex continues to hold her post as an undercover officer for MI6 She also becomes a wife, mother and eventually a grandmother We see Alex cross the globe, travelling to India, Russia and the US, while keeping up the guise of a spy It is a risky and treacherous existence, but as the years roll on, Alex continues to keep her occupation a secret.Danielle Steel is quite a versatile author and over the years she released books from a number of different genres Spy is a book that falls into the historical fiction category, but it also pulls in elements of espionage, family drama, adventure and romance I did enjoy aspects of this novel, but I can t say that it was memorable.The lead character of Alexandra Wickham is well developed and appealing She is brave, fearless, determined and astute I admired many of her qualities and I hoped that she would succeed Some of the situations Alex was faced with helped the reader to better understand who she was and what she stood for Family, loyalty and honour were important to Alex, but I also think she enjoyed the thrill of the missions she was sent on I appreciated the travel aspect Alex s position afforded to reader We are taken from Britain, to France, India, Russia, the US and even Morocco This was a great globetrotting experience As always with a Danielle Steel novel there is an element of romance The love story between Alex and Richard was nicely done There was a nostalgic quality to this romance and I liked how Steel chose to follow this couple across time We are by this couple s side as they eventually marry, after putting it off during the war We also witness moments of pure happiness and episodes of despair There are times of loss, blame, fears and hope We also see the branches of Alex and Richard s family expand over time, which helps you stay invested in this couple s life journey.As this is a historical fiction novel there are references to the war both during and after There is a chance to become acquainted with the turmoil experienced by many countries across the world following the close of the war, which was enlightening The opportunity to glean a littleabout the recruitment and operations of MI6 was interesting However, I will say that Steel tries to cover a great deal of ground in a novel of less than 300 pages I felt the details of aspects of this novel were only gently touched upon In some instances I was given useful facts, but I would have preferred some depth and exploration further into the situations faced by the lead, but that is only my personal opinion.Get caught up in the shadowy experiences of a female agent, across the ages in Spy A story of family relationships, romance, loss, standing up for your beliefs and commitment defines this late 2019 release, from one of the world s most popular authors Thanks extended to Pan Macmillan for providing a free copy of this book for review purposes


  9. Jypsy Jypsy says:

    Spy is a good piece of historical fiction Alex is from the British aristocracy, but she ends up as a spy during WWII I like the fact that an unusual choice of character is involved in espionage The story follows this woman through happiness, sorrow, celebration and loss, and it has all the feels It s an overarching portrait of a life lived by one woman I found it though provoking and immersive I definitely recommend for fans of Danielle Steel Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for Spy is a good piece of historical fiction Alex is from the British aristocracy, but she ends up as a spy during WWII I like the fact that an unusual choice of character is involved in espionage The story follows this woman through happiness, sorrow, celebration and loss, and it has all the feels It s an overarching portrait of a life lived by one woman I found it though provoking and immersive I definitely recommend for fans of Danielle Steel Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review


  10. Donna Hines Donna Hines says:

    Danielle Steel has written a superbly crafted piece with Spy showcasing her talent and solidifying her role as the best writer of her time.Alexandra our main character has so much charm, charisma, and fierceness.I love strong woman and in this case Alexandra is leading a double life with good reason.She is going behind enemy lines for a job that many never thought she would do nor could do but she proved them all wrong.She originally volunteered with the Yeomanry to help the war effort in stoppi Danielle Steel has written a superbly crafted piece with Spy showcasing her talent and solidifying her role as the best writer of her time.Alexandra our main character has so much charm, charisma, and fierceness.I love strong woman and in this case Alexandra is leading a double life with good reason.She is going behind enemy lines for a job that many never thought she would do nor could do but she proved them all wrong.She originally volunteered with the Yeomanry to help the war effort in stopping Hitler until her life suddenly changed upon meeting her war hero Richard.A whirlwind romance pursued leading to marriage and ultimately to childbirth and tragic death s.In the end she finds herself questioning her past, her ability for the future, and ultimately her own self interests.I m so happy it all worked out in the endA truly spectacular read from both the literature, historical, romantic, and thriller perspective


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Spy [Reading] ➭ Spy ➵ Danielle Steel – Thomashillier.co.uk NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A young woman is caught up in a dangerous double life on behalf of her country during World War II in Danielle Steel s thrilling new novelAt eighteen, Alexandra Wickham is pr NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A young woman is caught up in a dangerous double life on behalf of her country during World War II in Danielle Steel s thrilling new novelAt 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 pathBy , 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 agentWithin 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, DC 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.

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Spy
  • Danielle Steel
  • 01 March 2019
  • 0399179445

About the Author: Danielle Steel

Since , Ms Steel has been a permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists In , she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having at least one of her books on the Times bestseller list for consecutive weeks But Guinness was premature The fact is that one orof Ms Steel s novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list for over consecutive weeks Twenty one of Ms Steel s novels have been adapted for television, each earning high ratings and critical acclaim, including two Golden Globe nominations for JEWELS, a four hour mini series that starred Anthony Andrews In addition, Ms Steel is the author of the Max and Martha series of books for young readers They are ten illustrated storybooks written to comfort the young as they face problems, such as a new stepfather, new baby, new school, loss of a grandparent, and other crucial dilemmas in a child s life She has also written the Freddie books, four of them, about real life situations in children s lives, like a visit to the doctor and the first night away from home Ms Steel has also written nonfiction, HIS BRIGHT LIGHT, about the life and death of her son Nicholas Traina, released by Delacorte Press in September and immediately jumped to the New York Times Non Fiction bestseller list and Having a Baby She has also written a book of poetry entitled LOVE POEMS BY DANIELLE STEEL In , Ms Steel was decorated by the French government as an Officier of the distinguished Order of Arts and Letters, for her lifetime contribution to world culture She was awarded the second highest rank of the Order Ms Steel also has a passionate interest in emerging contemporary artists She has had an art gallery for several years, and and continues to sponsor and organize free lance art shows and events to show the work of emerging and mid career artists She has a degree in design herself In addition to her writing, Ms Steel has varied philanthropic interests She founded and runs two foundations, one named in honor of her late son, The Nick Traina Foundation, which funds organizations involved in mental illness and child abuse The second was established to assist the homeless She has won numerous awards for her personal work with mentally ill adolescents and children Ms Steel maintains a passionate interest in the welfare and well being of children, particularly those in jeopardy She has raised nine children of her own And they continue to keep her busy, as she juggles writing and family Her family is her first priority, despite her many interests From an education in New York and Europe to a professional background in public relations and advertising, and teaching, Ms Steel moved on quickly to her literary career and has been hard at work writing ever since She wrote her first book at nineteen Often, she works on five books at a time researching one storyline, writing another, and editing the third Still, she often spends two to three years researching and developing a single project In the heat of a first draft, it is not uncommon for her to spend eighteen to twenty hours a day glued to her Olympia manual typewriter Family, children, and young people are the central focus of her life, and her passion, which frequently shows in her writing She deals with the themes that touch on the most pressing issues of real life, which makes her books universal, and touch so many people She is fascinated by the pressing life situations that affect us all, how people handle them and are often transformed as a result And her novels have explored subjects such as kidnapping, incest, mental illness, suicide, death, divorce, adoption, marriage, loss, cancer, war, among others She also frequently writes about historical themes, shedding new light on familiar historical events with meticulously accurate research Despite her varied interests and activities,.