Monday, November 14, 2022

Review: The Librarian Spy by Madeline Martin

The Librarian Spy
by Madeline Martin 

Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Ava thought her job as a librarian at the Library of Congress would mean a quiet, routine existence. But an unexpected offer from the US military has brought her to Lisbon with a new mission: posing as a librarian while working undercover as a spy gathering intelligence.

Meanwhile, in occupied France, Elaine has begun an apprenticeship at a printing press run by members of the Resistance. It’s a job usually reserved for men, but in the war, those rules have been forgotten. Yet she knows that the Nazis are searching for the press and its printer in order to silence them.

As the battle in Europe rages, Ava and Elaine find themselves connecting through coded messages and discovering hope in the face of war.

Kritters Thoughts:  Two storylines going on at the same time and while the reader has to wait a bit for them to collide, when it does, it is so good!  

Ava was happy working at The Library of Congress when she was approached with an interesting job - to go abroad and work with the US military in intelligence.  Elaine is living in occupied France and with recent happenings going on around her she decides to join the effort and work for a printing press trying to get the news from the Resistance out into the world.  

I absolutely loved this book.  I enjoy reading about this war, and while I know about the atrocities that happened, sometimes it is hard to read the hard truths of it all.  SO I like these books where I can read and learn more about this war, but not quite enter into the depths of all that happened.  

When there are two storylines, sometimes I lean towards one or the other, but not the case in this book.  These women were in two different parts of the war doing two different things and I loved seeing both of them in the same book.  

My second Madeline Martin historical fiction book and she is quickly becoming an author that I will immediately open and read! 

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2022 Challenge: 60 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins.  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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