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Review of The Paris Spy's Girl by Amanda Lees: A Heart-Wrenching Historical Romance in Wartime Paris

Wow, am I excited to have discovered Amanda Lees' writing! This book combined two of my favourite genres: thrillers and historical fiction. I was glued to the book from the moment I started reading. 5/5 stars, without a doubt!!

The Paris Spy's Girl by Amanda Lees is an enthralling and emotive journey set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Paris in 1943. This historical novel is a masterful blend of espionage, romance, and heart-wrenching drama, making it a compelling read for fans of Kate Quinn, Rhys Bowen, and Mandy Robotham.

Lees skillfully transports readers to wartime Paris, where the stakes are unimaginably high. The protagonist, Christine, an English exile turned British Secret Service's most valuable asset, is intricately drawn with depth and resilience. When her best friend and key informant on the D-Day landings, Suzanne, is betrayed, the plot takes a gripping turn, entangling Christine in a perilous mission to save her friend and safeguard crucial war information.

The introduction of Charlie, an enigmatic American spy, adds layers of intrigue and romance to the narrative. Their partnership, under the guise of being Nazi collaborators and lovers, is not just a spine-tingling spy operation, but also a journey into trust and emotional vulnerability. Lees' portrayal of their relationship evolves beautifully from feigned intimacy to genuine affection, adding a poignant touch to the narrative.

Amanda Lees' writing is evocative and vivid, painting each scene with such detail that readers can almost hear the whispers in clandestine meetings and feel the tension in the air. The plot is a well-crafted tapestry of suspense, twists, and turns, keeping readers on the edge of their seats. The portrayal of the female characters, especially Christine, is particularly commendable. They aren't just figures in the background of war but are strong, influential agents driving the story forward.

The emotional depth of The Paris Spy's Girl is striking. From the heartache of loss to the thrill of forbidden love (not to mention crimes committed) Lees doesn't shy away from exploring the human aspect of war. The novel is more than just a historical thriller; it's a story about the resilience of the human spirit, the complexities of trust, and the power of love.

The Paris Spy's Girl is a must-read for anyone who appreciates historical fiction with a blend of espionage, romance, and a rich emotional tapestry. Amanda Lees has delivered a stunning narrative that is both heart-wrenching and exhilarating, making it a memorable addition to the genre.

I'm looking forward to reading more of Amanda's books!

More About The Paris Spy's Girl

Paris, 1943. I stare at Charlie across the crowded room. Working deep undercover, we’re surrounded by Nazi high command. Slowly, he smiles at me and my breath catches. I have to trust him, or we’re both dead…

As war rages across France, English exile Christine has become the most deadly asset the British Secret Service has in occupied Paris. But when Suzanne, her best friend and the sole agent who knows the details of the top-secret D-Day landings, is betrayed to the Nazis by someone at the heart of their spy network, she is devastated. Going undercover with Charlie – a handsome but elusive American spy with an agenda of his own – is her only chance to catch the traitor in their midst.

Pretending to be not only Nazi collaborators but lovers too, they must save Suzanne from almost certain death and prevent the D-Day landing plans from ending up in the wrong hands. But as Christine and Charlie’s pretend desire turns to true love, her past – and the real reason she had to leave England forever – puts their whole mission in terrible danger.

With the Nazis closing in and Suzanne’s life on the line, Christine is forced into one last, desperate act: heading back into deepest, darkest enemy territory, knowing her disguise could have been exposed. With even her trust in Charlie shaken, will Christine have to choose between her love for him, her best friend’s life, and freedom for France? And who will pay the ultimate sacrifice…?

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About Amanda Lees

Amanda Lees is an author, broadcaster and an actress. She has written for, or contributed to, the Evening Standard, The Times, US Cosmopolitan and Company Magazine, as well as numerous online publications. Amanda appears regularly on BBC radio and LBC and was a contracted writer to the hit series Weekending on Radio 4.

As well as her new World War Two romantic thriller series, she has published two bestselling satirical fiction novels, a YA thriller trilogy and a number of non-fiction titles including The Dictionary of Crime.


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