Tuesday, September 20, 2022

BLOG TOUR - The Bletchley Girls


1940, Bletchley Park: I stand alone outside the gates, with no idea what lies ahead. It’s cold and dark. All I have are my suitcases and a handful of letters from my fiancĂ©. Every day, the bombs have been getting closer. I’m only an ordinary civilian, but I was asked to come here in secret, and I’m determined to fight in whatever way I can for freedom and for love…

Inspired by the unforgettable true story of the women of Bletchley Park, this utterly gripping novel of secrets, love and courage shines a light on the incredible wartime work that changed the course of history.

Stefania Carmichael steps into the mysterious world of Bletchley Park, she immediately finds herself signing the Official Secrets Act. In whispers, she is told that she’s been recruited because of her talent for languages. Before the war ripped Europe apart, Steffie was living in Rome, charming everyone she met with her quick wit and sharp mind, and engaged to the man of her dreams, handsome and brave Matteo. Now everything has changed.

With secrets swirling around the building, Steffie finds it hard to know who to trust, until she forms a close bond with two other new recruits. Ailsa is a gifted radio operator and Fran a logistics genius, and the two women help Steffie navigate her new world of codebreaking. But even though Steffie’s skills are crucial to the war effort, her position is put in jeopardy when Italy joins the opposite side of the battle – and her beloved fiancĂ© becomes the enemy.

Her heart belongs to Matteo, but Steffie knows she must do whatever it takes to help England win the war. So when she is asked to go on a classified mission, she jumps at the chance. But it soon becomes clear there’s a traitor in their midst, and all eyes turn to her…

With her life at stake, can she prove herself innocent and save the man she loves? Or will Steffie lose everything?

An absolutely addictive World War Two novel of friendship, betrayal and heartbreak. Perfect for fans of The Rose CodeThe Alice Network and The Nightingale.

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Title:   The Bletchley Girls
Author:  Anna Stewart 
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Historical Fiction
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   391
Date of Publication:   September 19, 2022
My Rating:   4 Stars 

Three women sign up as spies. Recruited as codebreakers, the women in this story were among 10,000 who were assigned to various locations, and women made up the majority in this organization. In this enthralling read by Anna Stewart. we meet Stefania Carmichael who is from Rome, and she is currently engaged to Matteo. We also meet new friends Alisia and Fran and while at first the three women room together, one travels to Malta and the other to Egypt, all with the same goal, to thwart the enemy at any chance possible.

While World War II was a devastating time for all, but this story shows the strength of friendship of the women and other relationships that they form. Honestly, I had not heard of Bletchley Park before reading this novel, so I am quite pleased to have had this opportunity. Learning about a network that trained and trusted thousands of women was very much appreciated by me. 

With this book, I love how three different women from different backgrounds found the strong bond of friendship during such a difficult time in history. This book also gave one character's relationship a daring one, considering the time frame involved. 

To further make this book such a worthy read, I definitely recommend reading the Author's Note at the end of the book, as it contains valuable information as to the background of Bletchley Park, and also the research that preceded the writing of this intriguing read. This is a story of secrets, of friendship and also one of hope, courage and love. Anna Stuart has done a fine job with this book and I look forward to reading her next one.

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

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Anna Stuart lives in Derbyshire with her campervan-mad husband, two hungry teenagers and a slightly loopy dog. She was hooked on books from the moment she first opened one in her cot so is thrilled to now have several of her own to her name. Having studied English literature at Cambridge university, she took an enjoyable temporary trip into the ‘real world’ as a factory planner, before returning to her first love and becoming an author. History has also always fascinated her. Living in an old house with a stone fireplace, she often wonders who sat around it before her and is intrigued by how actively the past is woven into the present, something she likes to explore in her novels. Anna loves the way that writing lets her ‘try on’ so many different lives, but her favourite part of the job is undoubtedly hearing from readers. You can reach her on Facebook @annastuartauthor or Twitter @annastuartbooks.

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