[Reading] ➷ Spy Author Danielle Steel – Thomashillier.co.uk

Spy 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

About the Author: Danielle Steel

Since 1981, Ms Steel has been a permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists In 1989, she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having at least one of her books on the Times bestseller list for 381 consecutive weeks But Guinness was premature The fact is that one or of Ms Steel s novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list for

10 thoughts on “Spy

  1. 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 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.For reviews please visit

  2. 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 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. 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 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 with depth 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 exploring of what she can do.I received this book as a digital advance reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 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 an honest review.

  5. 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.

  6. says:

    This was a fascinating book WWII espionage is quite intriguing and it wasn t a hard decision to read this book.I really loved Alex s linguistic abilities Her ability to be fluent in so many languages was so interesting Especially since some of them weren t easy languages At times I felt the book repeated itself a little, and some of the chapters got a little long winded on details that I didn t care about But overall this was an excellent book It is always interesting to read about professional spies and government employees I also appreciated the small amount of romance in the book even if it did involve some pre marital sex I knew as a general market book it probably would have some less than wholesome moments I think this was my first Danielle Steel book but if others had similarly intriguing descriptions I wouldn t hesitate to read .I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley This is my honest review.

  7. says:

    D.S has done it again Spy has her signature comforting style of writing that makes you fall in love with her characters and keep you reading till the last page Alex is a young woman who becomes a spy in the war and starts a fifty something years career She has some dangerous missions and some easy ones Her job takes her all over the world and we follow right along with her Thank you to Netgalley and Random house Publishing for my honest review

  8. 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 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.

  9. says:

    Danielle Steele has done it again D.S is my all time favorite Author and I basically grew up on her books and you can imagine my excitement when I was granted access to read her latest book before publishing I danced and danced because this woman is one of the reasons I fell deeply in love with Historicals and Historical fiction remains my BEST GENRE TILL DATE SPY has her signature comforting style of writing that makes you fall in love with her characters and keep you reading till the last page This is the kind of book that will keep you up reading late into the night I fell in love with the characters right away and found myself feeling sorrow for their losses and joy at their achievements This book is filled with adventure and danger and makes you want to keep reading to find out what happened to the characters after the book is finished And it was set in my fav period too WWII I know this all sounds like a lot of faves but that is how deeply I feel felt for this book I love Alexandra Wickham because she is this strong independent woman She is a young woman who becomes a spy in the war and starts a fifty something years career She was assigned some dangerous missions and some easy ones And she smashed all and was considered the best Her job takes her all over the world and we follow right along with her In a time where women were treated like ornaments to beautify a home, it was so refreshing to read about a woman who wanted out of life and went ahead to achieved all that she dissed Alex leads a privileged life Her family lives on a sprawling estate in Hampshire, nestled in the English countryside Alex is a good student, fluent in French and German, and her curious mind and desire to excel often leads her to trouble As is expected of wealthy young girls, she is presented to King George V and Queen Mary at the age of eighteen in hope of finding a suitable husband The year is 1939, and England is at war Alex s two brothers Geoff and Williams enlisted and leaves her behind in Hampshire with their parents As the rebellious sibling, Alex can t help but become involved in her country s effort to fight the enemy Alex travels to London in order to volunteer for the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry With her mastery of foreign languages, Alex is the ideal candidate to become a secret agent As the war progresses, She wanted to do and be involved and when the opportunity presented itself, Alex learns the art of espionage With each mission, the stakes become higher No one knows about the double life she is living, not her family nor the pilot Richard she falls head over heels in love with As the war intensifies, Alex ventures behind enemy lines risking her life to keep her countrymen safe.Spy is an adventurous read that captures the essence of WWII and beyond Spanning continents and time periods, the story kept me engrossed by the historic detail and heroic deeds of the lead character, Alexandra Strong willed and determined, she evolves from a young girl to a brave woman in search of purpose and self fulfillment Steel s new release is the perfect blend of action, adventure, and romance.Capt Richard, the man in her life, her husband, is every woman s dream man or so I would hope He s respectful of Alexandra s feelings He s doesn t think women should stay home and take care of kids but kind of have a life of their own outside of the home Also, he doesn t pry into Alexandra s business or her professional life Great husband material I m sorry this review is coming late and a bit long, but after attempting to write this review several times, I stopped because it was so good I felt the review I was writing wasn t doing as much justice as this book requires and this review still do not do it as much justice but one can only try.It has been a while since I ve read a Danielle Steel book, but this made me remember what I have been missing If you enjoy books where you never know what is going to happen next, that have love and romance, this book is for you This book was so good, I finished it in two days I would definitely rate it as one of the top five books of 2019 Filled with historical events, great characters and imaginative storytelling, this is one of those books you don t want to miss out on I would definitely recommend this book to everyone Are you big on historical like myself If you re looking for a book filled with mystery, danger, travel, espionage, this is the book for you

  10. says:

    Danielle Steel is at it again This book is absolutely PHENOMENAL For me, this book ranks among Jewels, Zoya, Kaleidoscope, Thurston House, Family Album, and Message From Nam as one of Ms Steele s best female leading, and driven stories, though there are still a few that rank among the best books, such as Changes, Palomino, Daddy, Fine Things, Star, Full Circle, and The Ranch This book will play every emotion you have, and leave you feeling like you were wrung through the wringer, but there is absolutely no way you will be able to put this down if you are in any way a Danielle Steel fan

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