About the Book
Book: The Songbird and the Spy
Author: J’Nell Ciesielski
Genre: Clean historical romance
Release Date: Feb 19, 2019
As shells explode over Nazi-occupied France, American music student Claire Baudin is trapped behind enemy lines, struggling to protect her identity. Singing as a barmaid while she plans her escape, a handsome Third Reich captain threatens everything she knows to be true about the enemy.
Nazi Captain Michael Reiner isn’t who he claims to be. A British language expert turned spy, he discovers the truth about Claire, but he knows the importance of a secret. Struggling to resist his attraction to the songbird, he’s determined to complete his assignment, no matter the cost. His cover is threatened when a ruthless female Gestapo officer arrives hunting Resistance fighters. The raid forces Michael’s hand: complete the mission or save Claire.
As the war threatens to tear them apart, they must rely on each other for survival. Is there hope—and a future—for an American songbird and a British spy?
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I loved what I heard about this book…and when I read the synopsis, I knew I’d have to read it. Stories about WWII…well, I always enjoy (is that the right word? I’ll use it for lack of a better one…) learning to know about that era in history.
The author brought this alive before my very eyes. And…while on the subject of the author, I would like to insert here that this is only her second published novel! (the first one, Among the Poppies, is also an excellent read!)
Claire, an American, happens to be trapped behind enemy lines in German-occupied France…what can she do to escape? How can she get out?! Danger, intrigue, suspense, realistic characters, it’s all here! And let’s not forget about the sweet romance that is also found in this book… 😉
I loved getting to know about the SOE and that aspect of this time period. This was something I’d never read or heard about before reading this book. I found it quite fascinating.
I really liked the progression of events…. there are unexpected plot twists, and I was never quite sure what to expect next. I could practically taste the fear that was Claire’s reality.
And Michael. Yes, what a hero! An officer in the German army. But…he’s not all that he appears to be. He is quite the dashing soldier.
If you are a history buff, or if you are enthralled with what happened during WWII, then be sure and read this one!
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About the Author
Believing she was born in the wrong era, J’nell Ciesielski spends her days creating heart-stopping heroes, brave heroines, and adventurous exploits in times gone by. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages contest and Maggie Award, J’nell can often be found dreaming of a second home in Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Born a Florida girl, she now calls Virginia home, along with her very understanding husband, young daughter, and one lazy beagle. Find out more at www.jnellciesielski.com.
More from J’nell
The most popular question an author is asked is where did the inspiration come from. Most of the time, if not always, my inspiration comes from a trifecta of resources: movies, music, or books. A single song lyric, or secondary character, or novel setting can trigger a whole world of possibilities that has to be explored. In the case of Songbird and the Spy, it was a movie. A Quentin Tarantino movie to be exact set during WWII where one of the characters is a British officer posing as a Nazi meets up with other spies in a French bar. Another character was a Jewish woman posing as a theater owning Frenchwoman. My brain immediately tingled with ideas. What if identities were all in question? What if you fell in love with the wrong person? Not just the wrong person, but the enemy? The drama and tension in such a situation would be unbelievable!
And that is how Songbird was born.
Here are a few bits of trivia for you:
- Songbird was originally titled Iron Shepherd for Michael’s call sign.
- There have been three or four different endings written.
- Michael Reiner was based off of Michael (see what I did there?!) Fassbender’s character in Inglorious Basterds. The actor was born in Germany to German and Irish parents, and later grew up in Ireland J Art imitating life.
- Music always makes its way into my stories and here it takes center stage.
- I’ve always wanted to write a USO story so the ending was my perfect chance to squeeze it in.
- Ilsa von Ziegler was based off of Elsa Schneider from Indiana Jones.
- There was a scene showing Michael at SOE training in Scotland, but it was later cut.
- Nazi headquarters in Paris really was located on Foch Ave. The building is still there.
- The molten lead that Michael’s new assistant talks about is a German New Year’s tradition to divine fortune in the coming year. A small bit of lead or tin is melted, and then dropped in water. The form created by the metal predicts the future.
- Chanteuse is a female singer. Edith Piaf, the most famous French singer of all, was known as The Little Sparrow. Songbird and chanteuse are both used to reference Claire and pay homage to Piaf.
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8 thoughts on “Blog Tour – The Songbird and the Spy”
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Sounds like a good book.
Oh my! This is an amazing read! Both of J’nell Ciesielski’s books are amazing!
You are so right!!
Another WWII fan! It’s such a fascinating time period. Thank you for such a wonderful review!
Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂
Sounds like there is so much going on in this book.
Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.