*Disclaimer: I received this book for review from Celebrate Lit. All reviews and opinions are my own.
World War novels are probably some of my favourite (especially if they have Canadian leanings). But when I picked up this book to read for review, I found myself asking whether this genre had seen enough.
I really struggled to get into this book and I don’t know if it’s because I’ve really struggled with reading in general or if the novel just really wasn’t that novel for me. I found myself reading mere pages at a time before I had to put it down. But I kept going and was happy when I finished the book.
The storyline was, in essence, a unique one: a young woman sent to Nazi-occupied Paris by her father to bring back to England her wayward sister. I think, though, the plot itself fell somewhat flat for me. I struggled with relating in any way to the characters (which, since the main character was basically a spoiled, rich girl, really isn’t surprising). I felt, though, that the author could have built, both spiritually and physically, a deeper character that grew in a much stronger way than what was portrayed.
She questions her personality throughout which I COULD relate to to a degree. Seeing a person who is taken advantage of because she never stands up for herself becoming a woman, through this experience, who knows what she wants and is respected for it. I think that’s a personality that many of us could relate to on some level. But outside of that, she still maintained an element of stubborness that wasn’t addressed by the author and I found to be a little off-putting.
There was nothing inherently wrong with the book. I would recommend it if someone were looking for something fluffy to read. It just fell a little flat for me. Which was sad because I really do enjoy war-era books.
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About the Book
Book: The Socialite
Author: J’nell Ciesielski
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: April 14, 2020
Glamour, treachery, and espionage collide when an English socialite rushes to save her sister from the Nazis.
As the daughter of Sir Alfred Whitford, Kat has a certain set of responsibilities. But chasing her wayward sister, Ellie, to Nazi-occupied Paris was never supposed to be one of them. Now accustomed to the luxurious lifestyle that her Nazi boyfriend provides, Ellie has no intention of going back to the shackled life their parents dictate for them—but Kat will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.
Arrested for simply trying to defend himself against a drunken bully, Barrett Anderson is given the option of going to jail or serving out his sentence by training Resistance fighters in Paris. A bar owner serves as the perfect disguise to entertain Nazis at night while training fighters right below their jackboots during the day. Being assigned to watch over two English debutantes is the last thing he needs, but a payout from their father is too tempting to resist. Can Barrett and Kat trust each other long enough to survive, or will their hearts prove more traitorous than the dangers waiting around the corner?
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About the Author
With a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages Award and the Maggie Award, she is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle. Learn more at www.jnellciesielski.com.
More from J’Nell
I blame Pinterest. Too many hours are spent chasing rabbit holes of glorious pictures of fashion from eras gone by, Highlanders in kilts, WWI ambulances, and fairytale castles. One day I was browsing something super important (or possibly escaping from the actual work I was supposed to be doing, er, we’ll never know) and stumbled across a black and white picture of six beautiful girls. Who are these lovely ladies? I wondered. A quick search brought up the Mitford sisters. Six gorgeous daughters born into an aristocratic English family, each girl with a different passion: Diana the fascist, Jessica the communist, Unity the Hitler lover, Nancy the novelist, Deborah the duchess, and Pamela the poultry connoisseur. Whoa. You know dinner time around their family table was interesting. How could such different personalities belong in the same family? What would you do if your sister got moon-eyed over Hitler??
Bam. An idea was born.
In the beginning, my little rebel Ellie was going to be a full-fledged Nazi ideology lover, but she quickly informed me that it wasn’t so much the Nazis or their crazy ideas she loved, but one man in particular. One twisted Nazi who had fallen completely under her spell, and she under his. The ideas of love can often be more difficult to break as Kat finds out when she tries to rescue her naïve sister. Luckily, she has a hunky Sottish bartender to help her while providing a few romantic intentions of his own. With everyone hiding past hurts and true identities, how will they ever hope to find the love they each long for when war rages under the bright lights of Paris? Guess you’ll have to read to find out 😉
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