Spies & Sweethearts
Author: Linda Shenton Matchett
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: April 15, 2020
A secret mission. A fake bride. A run for their lives.
According to the OSS training manual, the life expectancy of a radio operator in Nazi-occupied France is six weeks. Partnered with one of the agency’s top spies, Gerard Lucas, newly-minted agent Emily Strealer plans to beat those odds. Then their cover is blown and all bets are off.
The border to neutral Switzerland is three hundred miles away—a long way to run with SS soldiers on their heels.
Will Emily and Gerard survive the journey?
And what about their hearts? Nothing in the manual prepared them for falling in love.
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About the Author
Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is also a trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.
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Take a moment to travel back to an era when ordinary women did extraordinary things. After the attack at Pearl Harbor, stalwart American gals stepped out of their comfort zone to take jobs never before held by women…sometimes dangerous jobs. Jobs in which they could lose their lives.
As a docent at the Wright Museum of WWII, I meet people from all walks of life who lived and served during the second “war to end all wars.” Many of these people haven’t shared their stories with loved ones for myriad reasons, but when they arrive at the museum, the floodgates of memories open, and words begin to pour out.
I’ve listened as ladies shared the stress of working outside the home, and juggling finances and childcare issues while their husbands were away in the armed forces. I’ve heard some speak about the excitement of learning new skills and gaining confidence. However, others were not as forthcoming because what they did was not only perilous, but secret. Fortunately, in the last few years, documents been declassified to shed light on the undercover work and projects performed during the war.
It is my hope that Spies & Sweethearts, book one in my Sisters in Service trilogy, will honor these brave women in some small way.
Linda Shenton Matchett
This was a fun read. I’ve read quite a few spy novels this year, more than I usually do, and they all have different strengths and weakness, and tell a similar story in a unique way. I admire that!
I enjoyed these characters, and their instant chemistry – not just romantic tension, but how well they got along on the page. When you think about two characters in a movie, even when they’re not romantically involved, they need to be able to get along well together on screen. On-screen chemistry. The same thing applies to a book. This author nailed it. Besides the romantic tension, you had a great pair of characters who bickered, bantered, and got along as friends, and later on, as more. It was so fun to read.
The World War II backdrop has been very popular recently, but this story took it in a new direction. There was a little bit of spying and espionage, but for half the book, they were literally running for their lives and that was tense! While coping with secret identities, and with their attraction to each other. I really enjoyed this story. If you love a good historical romance with great characters and some tense action, you’ll enjoy this story. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!
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To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of an autographed copy of Spies & Sweethearts, an autographed copy of WWII Word Find, hand cut wood fleur de lis earrings, pewter Eiffel tower ring holder, and a fleur de Lis Coaster!!
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