Review: Spy – Danielle Steele

Danielle Steele has done it again!!! D.S is my all time favorite Author and I basically grew up on her books and you can imagine my excitement when I was granted access to read her latest book before publishing. I danced and danced because this woman is one of the reasons I fell deeply in love with Historicals and Romance Contemporary and Historical fiction remains my BEST GENRE TILL DATE.


A young woman is caught up in a dangerous double life on behalf of her country during World War II in Danielle Steel’s thrilling new novel.

At eighteen, Alexandra Wickham is presented to King George V and Queen Mary in an exquisite white lace and satin dress her mother has ordered from Paris. With her delicate blond looks, she is a stunning beauty who seems destined for a privileged life. But fate, a world war, and her own quietly rebellious personality lead her down a different path.

By 1939, Europe is on fire and England is at war. From her home in idyllic Hampshire, Alex makes her way to London as a volunteer in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. But she has skills that draw the attention of another branch of the service. Fluent in French and German, she would make the perfect secret agent.

Within a year, Alex is shocking her family in trousers and bright red lipstick. They must never know about the work she does—no one can know, not even the pilot she falls in love with. While her country and those dearest to her pay the terrible price of war, Alex learns the art of espionage, leading to life-and-death missions behind enemy lines and a long career as a spy in exotic places and historic times.

Spy follows Alex’s extraordinary adventures in World War II and afterward in India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong Kong, Moscow, and Washington, D.C., when her husband, Richard, enters the foreign service and both become witnesses to a rapidly changing world from post-war to Cold War. She lives life on the edge, with a secret she must always keep hidden.


SPY has her signature comforting style of writing that makes you fall in love with her characters and keep you reading till the last page. This is the kind of book that will keep you up reading late into the night. I fell in love with the characters right away and found myself feeling sorrow for their losses and joy at their achievements. This book is filled with adventure and danger and makes you want to keep reading to find out what happened to the characters after the book is finished. And it was set in my fav period too WWII (I know this all sounds like a lot of faves but that is how deeply I feel/felt for this book)


 I love Alexandra Wickham because she is this strong independent woman. She is a young woman who becomes a spy in the war and starts a fifty- something years career. She was assigned some dangerous missions and some easy ones. And she smashed all and was considered the best. Her job takes her all over the world  and we follow right along with her. In a time where women were treated like ornaments to beautify a home, it was so refreshing to read about a woman who wanted more out of life and went ahead to achieved all that she dissed. 

Alex leads a privileged life. Her family lives on a sprawling estate in Hampshire, nestled in the English countryside. Alex is a good student, fluent in French and German, and her curious mind and desire to excel often leads her to trouble. As is expected of wealthy young girls, she is presented to King George V and Queen Mary at the age of eighteen in hope of finding a suitable husband.  

The year is 1939, and England is at war. Alex’s two brothers (Geoff and Williams) enlisted and  leaves her behind in Hampshire with their parents. As the rebellious sibling, Alex can’t help but become involved in her country’s effort to fight the enemy. Alex travels to London in order to volunteer for the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. With her mastery of foreign languages, Alex is the ideal candidate to become a secret agent. 

As the war progresses, She wanted to do more and be more involved and when the opportunity presented itself, Alex learns the art of espionage. With each mission, the stakes become higher. No one knows about the double life she is living, not her family nor the pilot Richard she falls head-over-heels in love with. As the war intensifies, Alex ventures behind enemy lines risking her life to keep her countrymen safe.

Spy is an adventurous read that captures the essence of WWII and beyond. Spanning continents and time periods, the story kept me engrossed by the historic detail and heroic deeds of the lead character, Alexandra. Strong-willed and determined, she evolves from a young girl to a brave woman in search of purpose and self-fulfillment. Steel’s new release is the perfect blend of action, adventure, and romance.

Capt Richard, the man in her life, her husband, is every woman’s dream man or so I would hope. He’s respectful of Alexandra’s feelings. He’s doesn’t think women should stay home and take care of kids but kind of have a life of their own outside of the home. Also, he doesn’t pry into Alexandra’s business or her professional life. Great husband material!

I’m sorry this review is coming late and a bit long, but after attempting to write this review several times, I stopped because it was so good I felt the review I was writing wasn’t doing as much justice as this book requires and this review still do not do it as much justice but one can only try.
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it’s been a while since I’ve read a Danielle Steel book, but this made me remember what I have been missing. If you enjoy books where you never know what is going to happen next, that have love and romance, this book is for you. This book was so good, I finished it in two days! I would definitely rate it as one of the top five books of 2019!

Filled with historical events, great characters and imaginative storytelling, this is one of those books you don’t want to miss out on. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. Are you big on historical like myself? If you’re looking for a book filled with mystery, danger, travel, espionage, this is the book for you

Pub Date: Nov 26!

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