JOSEPHINE: SINGER SOLDIER DANCER SPY
BY EILIDH MCGINNESS
Publication Date: December 1, 2019
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Genre: Historical Fiction
Josephine Baker is born into poverty in racially segregated America. Desperate to escape she flees to France where she embraces the hedonistic lifestyle on offer for those who dare, in the Paris of the Roaring Twenties.
Hitler’s rise to power in Germany forces her to face her true self. Determined to protect the Liberty Equality and Fraternity she has found in France, she becomes an ‘honorable correspondent’ for the French Secret Service. So, beginning a journey which will take her from the Red Cross Shelters in Paris to the cruel deserts of North Africa. She will find love and enduring friendship but she must also face dangers which will threaten not only her life but all she holds dear…..Can she find the courage to fight for what she believes in….no matter what the cost?
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From a young age, Josephine Baker knew that the world owed her more than what she was given. Born into poverty and racial segregation in Missouri, 1906, Josephine finds joy in singing, dancing and making people laugh. However, Josephine longs for freedom and equal rights. When a opportunity arises to dance in France, Josephine grabs it. Arriving in France, Josephine basks in the freedom to do as she pleases, go where she pleases and love who she pleases. Josephine embraces France, learns the language and rises as a star and cultural icon. When Hitler's influence threatens to destroy all that Josephine loves, she knows she must act and becomes a member of the Red Cross. Then, she is recruited as an honorable correspondent by the French Intelligence Service by Jacques Abtey, fulfilling her need to help her adopted country in a way only Josephine Baker can.
I have been a long time admirer of Josephine Baker and have read several other books about her life and impact during the war. Josephine: Singer, Dancer, Soldier Spy focuses mainly on her time serving as an honorable correspondent with Jacques Abtey. Throughout the story, the theme of freedom and equal rights shines through. The writing takes several large time hops before settling in World War II. It does take a while to get to know Josephine's character. Once Josephine arrives in France and begins her life as a spy, the story smooths out and I was pulled into the intrigue and suspense of her missions and I could feel the influence that Josephine held over people. I was amazed at Josephine's bravery, fortitude and ability to fight for what she believed in.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
Eilidh was born and brought up in the Highlands of Scotland. She studied law at Aberdeen University. She practiced as a lawyer for twelve years, latterly specializing in criminal defense. Eilidh then moved to South West France with her then husband and four children. She established an independent estate agency business which she ran for twelve years before concentrating on writing- a long held dream. Eilidh has always been fascinated by history and ordinary people who achieve extraordinary things.
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