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Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Rachel Hore, and Simon & Schuster UK for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something about historical fiction novels revolving around women spies back in the day. Since I’m sure that any stories about spies during this day and age are probably not public knowledge yet, it’s interesting to read about the ones that are based on true stories from our past.
I wish that back then, women weren’t put into a box where they could only be one thing or the other: either a family woman or one that wants to be more worldly and involved in “making a difference”. I love that Minnie was able to be involved in MI5 and working for her country as a spy. I like that she felt some sort of accomplishment with her mission, and even though she had to hide her identity and mission from everyone, I believe that this adventure was one that I would love to have watched as a movie or TV show.
A Beautiful Spy
by Rachel Hore
Publisher: Simon Schuster UK
Release Date: February 18, 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 413 pages
Minnie Gray is an ordinary young woman. She is also a spy for the British government.
It all began in the summer of 1928…
Minnie is supposed to find a nice man, get married and have children. The problem is it doesn’t appeal to her at all. She is working as a secretary, but longs to make a difference.
Then, one day, she gets her chance. She is recruited by the British government as a spy. Under strict instructions not to tell anyone, not even her family, she moves to London and begins her mission – to infiltrate the Communist movement.
Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she taught publishing and creative writing at the University of East Anglia until deciding to become a full-time writer. She is the Sunday Times (London) bestselling author of ten novels, including The Love Child. She is married to the writer D.J. Taylor and they have three sons.