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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Ellie Whitford has escaped the confines of her stuffy and aristocratic English home and has found her place in Occupied Paris. Her boyfriend in the head of Culture and Social Movement for the SS. As a high ranking Nazi, Eric von Schlegel has riches and the power to give Ellie anything she wants and Ellie revels in party planning and creating social circles for Eric. Ellie's family wants her back, Kat Whitford has been sent to Paris to do just that. However, getting out of Occupied Paris is a lot harder than getting in, so Ellie's father made sure she had the help of Barrett Anderson, a Resistance Operative for the SIS. Barrett will be rewarded heavily for his return to England with the Whitford sisters. However, Ellie's situation with Eric becomes more dangerous and plans for extraction are hastened.
The Socialite is an exciting romance at the height of World War II. Well developed, thoughtful characters and an invigorating pace made The Socialite a moving read. Through Ellie, the influence of the Nazi's through art, music, theatre and social gatherings was shown. I was intrigued by the groups visit to Hitler's Bavarian home, The Berghof and how he surrounded himself with his ideals. Through Barrett, the strength of the Resistance and what they were willing to do to oppose the Nazis was highlighted. Kat's strength, hope and love for he sister was evident from the very beginning. Kat has always believed herself to be a dutiful daughter, stuck in doing exactly what her father wants. However, as soon as she arrives in Paris, Kat begins thinking for herself and realizing how capable she really is. I loved the slow blooming romance between Kat and Barrett as they complimented each other's attributes, learned how to trust and heal past wounds. Overall, a fast-paced, exhilarating romance through of different point of view during World War II.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.