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The Librarian Spy

Title: The Librarian Spy

Author: Madeline Martin

Publisher: Hanover Square Press

Genre: Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genres. I’m drawn to the stories. The strong characters. But two things I also really enjoy are the things I learn and when a book takes place in a country I haven’t read a lot about. Certainly the case here. I haven’t really read a lot of books that have taken place in Lisbon, Portugal and I really didn’t realize Portugal was neutral during the war and what that looked like. This book gave you a glimpse.

Ava was a quiet and very routined person with a job at the Library of Congress. That is until an unexpected offer from the US military has her traveling to Lisbon to pose as a librarian while working undercover as a spy gathering intelligence.

Elaine works at an apprenticeship printing press run by the Resistance in occupied France; fearing everyday as the Nazi’s are searching for their operation in order to silence them.

Ava and Elaine find themselves connecting through coded messages and a special project had them discovering hope in the face of war.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 This book is one I would categorize under the “historical mystery” genre. I was suspenseful, heartbreaking, heartwarming . . . all the things. Madeline Martine is an excellent writer and researcher. Impeccable! She did a zoom call with our book club and it is one I won’t forget!

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