Sunday, July 31, 2022

BLOG TOUR - The Secret Keeper


Nazi-occupied Paris, 1942. “I want to create a world where we are free to be together, to be in love,” he whispered. I gulp down the sobs building in my throat. “I want that too. I’ll come back to you. I swear I’ll come back.”

Elena Garcia knows that the mission she has been tasked with is her most dangerous yet. With a tearful goodbye to the man she has grown to love, the dark-eyed and warm-hearted Santiago Lozano, she hurries to catch the train to the drop-off point, the coded maps she is delivering for the resistance concealed in a pack of playing cards in her purse.

As she leaves the underground meeting, she hears heavy footsteps closing in behind her. Her heart pounds, and a dark figure comes into her line of sight. Expertly fighting off her attacker, Elena races back to the station, barely making it onto the train. She is forced to confront the worst: her cover is blown and now nowhere will be safe. Somebody close to her is a traitor, but when you live in the shadows, how do you know who you can really trust?

To stay alive, Elena must flee the country – and that means leaving Santiago behind. But she refuses to abandon her mission while Europe is still in the clutches of the enemy, and she will not leave Santiago to face the wrath of the Gestapo alone.

But when Elena uncovers that the love of her life has been having meetings with high-ranking government officials and hears German officials greeting him by name in the street, it’s clear that Santiago has his own secrets.

Elena must now ask herself:
 should she risk everything to save Santiago… or was he the one who betrayed her to the enemy? And now, with millions of innocent lives across Europe at stake, how can she know what is the right choice?

An epic, gripping and emotional wartime novel based on the true stories of the female spies sent into occupied Europe. Fans of The Alice Network, Soraya M. Lane and Pam Jenoff will be totally hooked.


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Title:   The Secret Keeper
Author:  Siobhan Curham
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Historical Fiction
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   426
Date of Publication:   July 27, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars

From actress to spy with a secret identity. Whether Elena Garcia is called Carmen, or referred to as Flamingo or any other code name, her life will never be the same again. As she is starting in her training, she realizes that she has a lot to learn when it comes to weaponry and coding, but her ability to act in whatever role that she is placed in is her strength.

Going undercover is not without risk, especially as Elena must get very close to a German soldier. While fretting as to how close she will have to get, she does understand how important her role is, and she becomes a very valuable spy. Danger is at every turn, and knowing who to trust isn't easy. 

What made this book so utterly compelling is the letter from our fabulous author, Siobhan Curham, at the end of the book. She based Elana Garcia's character of the real life model turned spy Aline Griffith. Most of the book is based on research and videos, and also on fact, and this made this story even more impressive. Readers are also encouraged to do a bit of research on their own, and that would include researching Leslie Howard, and that is only one facet that increases my respect for an author who is new to me, but one that I will forever keep on my radar. 

Elena faced danger, betrayal and uncertainty, but her bravery shone through time and again. This is a book that should be read by any lover of historical fiction. I love each and every peek into the events surrounding the second world war, especially this book, as readers are given privy to Hollywood's role at the time of this war. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Siobhan Curham is an award-winning author, ghost writer, editor and writing coach. She has also written for many newspapers, magazines and websites, including The Guardian, Breathe magazine, Cosmopolitan, Writers’ Forum,, and Spirit & Destiny. Siobhan has been a guest on various radio and TV shows, including Woman’s Hour, BBC News, GMTV and BBC Breakfast. And she has spoken at businesses, schools, universities and literary festivals around the world, including the BBC, Hay Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Bath Festival, Ilkley Festival, London Book Fair and Sharjah Reading Festival.

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