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The Socialite: a review

About The Socialite

Paperback: 368 pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (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?


If you enjoy historical fiction, set in WWII Paris, with a dash of romance, this book is for you. WWII fiction rarely keeps me on the edge of my seat nor do I typically find the genre to be a page-turner. Neither was true with this book. Danger seemed to be around every corner and I could not put it down.

I connected with the characters and found myself worrying about them even when I wasn’t reading the book – that’s got to be a sign of a good book! The writing was excellent, especially the dialogue. The backstories of the characters were quite interesting and did not slow the book down – a common issue I have with backstories.

I finished this book in less than 24 hours and I’m still thinking about the history, the characters, and the outcome. I won’t provide any spoilers but there are several  scenes that are unforgettable.

If you are a fan of books like 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑵𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒂𝒍𝒆 and 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑨𝒍𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝑵𝒆𝒕𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌 you will most likely enjoy this book


Thanks to Thomas Nelson, TLC Book Tours and NetGalley for the gifted copy and ebook in exchange for my unbiased review.

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About J’nell Ciesielski

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

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