Book Review: The Book Spy – A World War II Tale of Spy Librarians

Attention all history buffs and fiction lovers! If you’re a fan of Kate Quinn, Marie Benedict, and Pam Jenoff, then you’re in luck because the newest novel from Churchill’s Secret Messenger author is sure to blow your mind! This time, the book is about heroic librarian spies during WWII, so if you’re a fan of espionage and thrilling tales, then put Lisbon’s Secret Librarian on your reading list stat!

The year is 1942, and the outcome of the war is hanging in the balance. So, President Roosevelt sends an unlikely new taskforce on a unique mission. A group of librarians and microfilm specialists trained in espionage has been deployed to neutral cities throughout Europe to gather information about troop location, weaponry, and military plans. Imagine librarians as spies, and you have the perfect recipe for a thrilling story!

Enter Maria Alves, a microfilm expert working at the New York Public Library, who is dispatched to Lisbon, Portugal. Her mission is to meticulously photograph publications and send the film to London to be analyzed. While in Lisbon, Maria meets Tiago Soares, a Portuguese bookstore owner on a precarious mission to provide Jewish refugees with forged passports and visas.

As they work together, Maria and Tiago grow closer, inevitably making their mission more difficult. But nothing is more complicated than when Maria is asked to pose as a double agent, feeding misinformation to Lars Steiger, a wealthy Swiss banker and Nazi sympathizer who launders Hitler’s gold. The stakes are high, and the consequences are dire, but Maria’s bravery and intelligence prove invaluable in steering the course of the war.

Lisbon’s Secret Librarian is not only a thrilling tale of espionage but also a touching love story that will leave you wanting more. The characters are well-developed and relatable, and their storylines keep you hooked until the very end. The historical accuracy of the novel adds another layer of intrigue to the story. The heroic efforts of the librarian spies during WWII are not widely known, making the novel educational as well as entertaining.

The writing style is engaging, making it a page-turner from start to finish. The author’s ability to transport readers from the New York Public Library to the city of espionage in Portugal is impressive, creating a sense of immersion that will make you feel like you’re right there with the characters. The pacing of the novel is excellent, with each chapter leaving you wanting more.

Overall, Lisbon’s Secret Librarian is a must-read for anyone who loves historical fiction, especially books about WWII, espionage, and librarians. It’s a thrilling, riveting tale with a touch of romance that will captivate you until the very end. So, grab a copy, sit back, and get ready to be transported to a world of spies, danger, and love. Trust us; you won’t regret it!
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