My name is Sylvie Duchene and I am a dancer. There is no network. I am just a dancer. I know nothing. Please…I swear it…
An unknown location, occupied France, 1944
Dropping silently behind enemy lines, Sylvia Crichton, codename Monique, is determined to fight for the country of her birth and save it from its Nazi stranglehold.
As one of the dancers at the nightclub Mirabelle, Sylvie’s mission is to entertain the club’s German clientele and learn their secrets. In a world of deception and lies, she can trust no one. Not even Mirabelle’s enigmatic piano player Felix… a part of the resistance or a collaborator?
But despite her SOE training, nothing can prepare Sylvie for the horrors she is about to face – or the pain of losing those she grows closer to undercover…
Elisabeth Hobbes is a firm favourite of mine for her fabulous historical romances so I was thrilled to find out she had written this WW2 novel for One More Chapter. Her attention to historical detail is always completely spot on and The Secret Agent shows that once again she can deliver a different period of history for her readers to lose themselves in.
We first meet Sylvia during her training to become a spy. Her french background makes her the perfect candidate when the opportunity arises for her to go behind enemy lines and she can become Sylvie once more. The reasons for her English name become clear during the flashbacks to Sylvie’s past and we come to understand her strengths and her determination to help the war effort by putting herself in increasingly dangerous situations. And of course there is romance thrown in as Sylvie has to decide which way her heart lies as she meets 2 very different men.
The Secret Agent is an historical page turner that kept me up till the small hours, engrossed and completely involved in the French resistance and falling in love myself with the town of Nantes. I have holidayed many times in France as I love the lifestyle, the food and the people and I’d happily move there! But I’ve never been to Nantes and am now desperate to visit. This 1940s version was brought to life perfectly by the authors gorgeous descriptive writing and you will feel as though you are there, living alongside Sylvie and the other dancers.
I loved reading The Secret Agent and that feeling of becoming so involved with what was happening that it was always a surprise to look up and find myself back in the modern world. The attention to historical detail is once again perfectly portrayed and I would recommend both this book and the authors others in a heartbeat!
Elisabeth’s writing career began when she entered her first novel into Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest in 2013 and finished in third place. She was offered a two-book contract and hasn’t looked back.
Elisabeth is also a Primary school teacher but she’d rather be writing full time because unlike five year olds, her characters generally do what she tells them. When she isn’t writing, she spends most of her spare time reading and is a pro at cooking one-handed while holding a book. She loves historical fiction and has a fondness for dark haired, bearded heroes.
Elisabeth enjoys skiing, singing, and exploring tourist attractions with her family. Her children are resigned to spending their weekends visiting the past. She loves hot and sour soup and ginger mojitos – but not at the same time!
She lives in Cheshire with her husband, two children and two cats with ridiculous names because the car broke down there in 1999 and she never left.