Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Adventures in the Great Wide Somewhere // Travel by Page Behind Enemy Lines

As I'm sure many of you readers can relate to, I am constantly being inspired by books. I recently started rereading THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn on audio and it immediately brought me back to my deep love for this book. It also reminded me of my deep love, fascination, and inspiration for the very real women spies that played such a vital role in previous wars. With this love and inspo running through my veins, I thought it would be a fun post idea to do a Travel By Page...Behind Enemy Lines to highlight my favorite female spy novels. If you haven't read any of these books below, you need to immediately because they.are.amazing.!.

1. THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn // As I mentioned above, this book was the inspiration behind this post. Dual timeline featuring the very real spy network called the Alice Network that operated during WWI and a woman trying to find her lost cousin post-WWII, this novel is everything. It is inspiring, emotional, heart-wrenching, and will leave you with such a sense of pride in your fellow females it is unreal.

2. SHINING THROUGH by Susan Isaacs // After finishing THE ALICE NETWORK, I needed more women empowerment! This book is historical fiction about a secretary turned housewife turned spy  that read like a contemporary women's fiction novel in that there was so much development of the heroine and lead-up to her spy association and that really blew me away. It's not 'just' a novel about a female spy, it's a novel about a women and how her life and decisions brought her to where she is today.

3. SWEET TOOTH by Ian McEwan // It's been quite a few years since I read this book but what I do remember is being entranced by Serena's voice and the Cold War. A woman recruited to work for MI5 and inspire an author for an Animal Farm-esque novel to dissuade people from Communism, she has more than a few complications along the way, including falling for her mark.

4. THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah // I am probably one of the last people to have read this but obviously I loved it. Two sisters separated by war, one of whom is a spy in an official capacity, the other a spy in small ways that make a big difference. I LOVED reading about how vital one of the character's spy efforts were and how the enemy always assumed it was a man operating it. Emotional and engaging, this book will have you turning the pages as fast as you can to see how it all ends.

5. THE VIRGIN'S DAUGHTER by Laura Andersen // While Lucy is not the most savvy spy there every was, I couldn't leave out an opportunity to highlight the very real spy network that Elizabeth I operated. Extensive and secretive, a war with France and Spain was always on her horizon and I love how Andersen manipulated history once again to include a Courtenay spy.

6. CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein  // Quite possibly on the most emotionally traumatizing reads of my life, CODE NAME VERITY is not a book for everyone. Different style of writing combined with not really knowing who is who and what is happening, it can be a little jarring to read and difficult to get into. I was not one of those people. I loved this book fiercely and was so impressed and inspired by the two women characters who are best friends that I can't help but feel emotional about it now, years after reading it. It is intense, emotional, and inspiring, and even though it won't be for everyone, I can't help but want to push everyone to read this book.

Have you read any of these books?
Do you have any female spy books for me to read?!

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