Monday, August 17, 2020

Review: Atomic Love by Jennie Fields

Atomic Love
by Jennie Fields

Publisher: Penguin Random House
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Love. Desire. Betrayal. Her choice could save a nation.

Chicago, 1950. Rosalind Porter has always defied expectations--in her work as a physicist on the Manhattan Project and in her passionate love affair with colleague Thomas Weaver. Five years after the end of both, her guilt over the bomb and her heartbreak over Weaver are intertwined. She desperately misses her work in the lab, yet has almost resigned herself to a more conventional life.

Then Weaver gets back in touch--and so does the FBI. Special Agent Charlie Szydlo wants Roz to spy on Weaver, whom the FBI suspects of passing nuclear secrets to Russia. Roz helped to develop these secrets and knows better than anyone the devastating power such knowledge holds. But can she spy on a man she still loves, despite her better instincts? At the same time, something about Charlie draws her in. He's a former prisoner of war haunted by his past, just as her past haunts her.

As Rosalind's feelings for each man deepen, so too does the danger she finds herself in. She will have to choose: the man who taught her how to love . . . or the man her love might save?

Kritters Thoughts:  Rosalind Porter is a physicist at a time where women are being pushed out of the workforce as men come home to reclaim their lives after war.  She is pushed out for many reasons and ends up working on a retail store, but once she is approached by an FBI agent, she is brought back into her past that she may not want to revisit.  She was a part of building the bombs that hit Japan that aided in ending the war and is still feeling the effects of watching something she created destroy so much.  

This book was an interesting love story with a weird love triangle.  Rosalind was a great character to follow through this story because she wasn't a woo is me heroine, instead she was a woman who had gone through some shit and was trying to pick herself back up, but ultimately will need to truly confront the past to move forward.  

My favorite part of the book was trying to figure out which character worked on what side of the law.  There was definitely some underhanded things happening and I loved questioning the truth of each character.  

I haven't read many books about the atomic bombs and even with that this felt so unique as it was the emotional aftermath of contributing to science that brings to a tragedy to a country.  

I liked this book and am now interested to look into her backlist and see where I should go next.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 77 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Penguin Random House.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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