19 June 2020

The Black Swan of Paris - Book Review

The Black Swan of Paris by Karen Robards
Publication date: June 30, 2020
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Historical fiction
Rating: 3/5 stars ✰✰✰
Strengths: History, characters, plot
Weaknesses: Inconsistent pacing

What a great cover for spies! Genevieve Dumont is the Black Swan, a talented and beautiful singer with perfect cover to travel all over Europe during the war with few questions asked. Whle she didn't originally volunteer to work for the Resistance (as she laments in her head over and over - she was TRICKED), it's better than being a genuine collaborator.

Her manager, Max, is actually a British soldier in disguise. He tells her as little as possible about their illicit activities to keep her safe. Her job is to sing, and occasionally pass on a playbill or sign something special as an autorgraph - all messages she doesn't even understand.

But Genevieve begins to care a bit more about beating the Germans when she hears news about her family. Even Max doesn't know Genevieve's true identity. She travels now as a new person after walking away from her first life in response to a tragedy. When Max and Genevieve tell each other the truth and work together with other spies in their networks, can they successfully complete their missions and survive to dream about life after the war?

This book had a little of everything. Spies and intrigue, war dramas, romance, and well researched telling of the allies landing at Normandy. It definitely sounded well researched and inspires me to look further and see what was history, and what was fiction. Overall I'd give this book 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for those who enjoy historical fiction.

Thank you to MIRA and Netgalley for sharing a copy of this book with me. Receiving the book for free did not influence my review. 

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