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Title:
The socialite : a novel
ISBN:
9780785233527
Physical Description:
354 pages : 22 cm
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Includes discussion questions.
Summary:
"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?"--
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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?


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Publisher's Weekly Review

With sweeping romance and evocative prose, Ciesielski (The Songbird and the Spy) transports readers to WWII-era Paris, where a British aristocrat loses her heart to a Scottish spy. Kat Whitford uses her family connections to travel from England to occupied Paris at the request of her father to bring her wild child younger sister, Ellie, back home. But Ellie, besotted with her vile boyfriend, Nazi officer Eric von Schlegel, refuses to leave and insists she is happier living with him than she had been under the thumb of her controlling father. While in Paris, Kat meets Barrett Anderson, a Scotsman working for the British government who has been tasked with keeping an eye on the Whitford sisters. The attraction that blossoms between the richly drawn protagonists grows as Barrett sees the authentic woman behind Kat's aristocratic facade, and she glimpses the caring nature that lies beneath his sarcastic wit. When Kat finally convinces Ellie to flee Paris, Eric refuses to let her go, and Barrett steps in to keep them safe, using his contacts with the Resistance to evade the Nazis. Ciesielski's vivid characterizations and lush historical detail quickly draws readers into this expertly plotted tale. Readers looking for an immersive, high-stakes historical romance will be wowed. Agent: Linda Glaz, Harline Literary. (Apr.)