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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