Title: The Socialite
Author: J’nell Ciesielski
Release Date: April 14th, 2020
Publisher: Thoman Nelson
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?
The Socialite is an intriguing and romantic historical fiction set in the WWII time period. From the first few chapters, you are hooked by the writing and imagery.
We meet Kat as she tries to bring her sister home from Paris. She meets a man named Barrett who is supposed to protect her and Kat’s sister. In the process of trying to save Ellie, Kat and Barrett begin to form a unique bond that was so unexpected.
It tackles the subject of the Nazis and the author gives us a sense of what each character is thinking during this time. Kat and Barrett’s decisions are stressful and risky which makes the read so thrilling.
I give The Socialite 4 stars. It is a fascinating historical fiction that captures a great sense of tense moments during WWII. The imagery J’nell uses in her writing depicts Paris in a real and beautiful manner. The characters are charming and so is their romance.
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