About the Book
Book: The Socialite
Author: J’nell Ciesielski
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: April 14, 2020
Glamour, treachery, and espionage collide when an English socialite rushes to save her sister from the Nazis.
As the daughter of Sir Alfred Whitford, Kat has a certain set of responsibilities. But chasing her wayward sister, Ellie, to Nazi-occupied Paris was never supposed to be one of them. Now accustomed to the luxurious lifestyle that her Nazi boyfriend provides, Ellie has no intention of going back to the shackled life their parents dictate for them—but Kat will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.
Arrested for simply trying to defend himself against a drunken bully, Barrett Anderson is given the option of going to jail or serving out his sentence by training Resistance fighters in Paris. A bar owner serves as the perfect disguise to entertain Nazis at night while training fighters right below their jackboots during the day. Being assigned to watch over two English debutantes is the last thing he needs, but a payout from their father is too tempting to resist. Can Barrett and Kat trust each other long enough to survive, or will their hearts prove more traitorous than the dangers waiting around the corner?
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This book will sweep you away to Paris in the middle of WWII. Kat & Ellie are two sisters who are caught in the middle of all the excitement. Kat is determined to rescue her stubborn sister (who thinks herself in love with a Nazi soldier) and take her home to England. Ellie is equally determined to make her own choices, none of which include returning home while she’s living the high life in Paris.
I think Kat is my favorite character. She’s the older sister, and she feels responsible to get her younger sister to safety. Unfortunately, Ellie doesn’t really want to be rescued because she thinks she’s found her true love in Eric, a high ranking Nazi. And then there’s also Kat’s love life, or lack thereof. She’s attracted to Barrett. But she’s not sure about anything relating to love, because of where she’s at, you know, caught in the middle of the war with Germany….so all of this romance is very intriguing.
This story is about sisters, family issues, and more. The 1940s came to life before my very eyes.
Can you imagine going to a party where Hitler is in attendance? Gazing into his very eyes? Mingling with Nazis? Pretending to be in agreement with all they stand for? This is what Kat has to play at, while she tries to convince her sister to leave her lover, to escape to a safer place. But Eric is just as determined that Ellie will never leave.
Ms. Ciesielski does a superb job at showing us how the upper class lived in those days, how they dressed, what they wore, and more.
This story is filled with rich settings, delightful characters, intrigue, danger, and the horrors of that terrible war. All of these are just so beautifully portrayed in these pages. I found this to be very intriguing, and rather an eye opener. The horrors of WWII are not ones we want to read about, but rather what we must read to be aware of what happened in the past, so as to never repeat those same terrible events again.
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About the Author
With a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages Award and the Maggie Award, she is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle. Learn more at www.jnellciesielski.com.
More from J’Nell
I blame Pinterest. Too many hours are spent chasing rabbit holes of glorious pictures of fashion from eras gone by, Highlanders in kilts, WWI ambulances, and fairytale castles. One day I was browsing something super important (or possibly escaping from the actual work I was supposed to be doing, er, we’ll never know) and stumbled across a black and white picture of six beautiful girls. Who are these lovely ladies? I wondered. A quick search brought up the Mitford sisters. Six gorgeous daughters born into an aristocratic English family, each girl with a different passion: Diana the fascist, Jessica the communist, Unity the Hitler lover, Nancy the novelist, Deborah the duchess, and Pamela the poultry connoisseur. Whoa. You know dinner time around their family table was interesting. How could such different personalities belong in the same family? What would you do if your sister got moon-eyed over Hitler??
Bam. An idea was born.
In the beginning, my little rebel Ellie was going to be a full-fledged Nazi ideology lover, but she quickly informed me that it wasn’t so much the Nazis or their crazy ideas she loved, but one man in particular. One twisted Nazi who had fallen completely under her spell, and she under his. The ideas of love can often be more difficult to break as Kat finds out when she tries to rescue her naïve sister. Luckily, she has a hunky Sottish bartender to help her while providing a few romantic intentions of his own. With everyone hiding past hurts and true identities, how will they ever hope to find the love they each long for when war rages under the bright lights of Paris? Guess you’ll have to read to find out 😉
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