A Beautiful Spy by Rachel Hore @Rachelhore @simonschusterUK @RandomTTours @TeamBATC #bookreview #ABeautifulSpy

A Beautiful Spy written by Rachel Hore, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and hardcover format.

Book Blurb

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Last Letter Home, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick, comes a thrilling novel about a woman with an extraordinary life, based on a true story.
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.
She soon gains the trust of important leaders. But as she grows more and more entangled in the workings of the movement, her job becomes increasingly dangerous. Leading a double life is starting to take its toll on her relationships and, feeling more isolated than ever, she starts to wonder how this is all going to end. The Russians are notorious for ruthlessly disposing of people given the slightest suspicion. What if they find out?

Full of suspense, courage and love, A Beautiful Spy is a stunningly written story about resisting the norm and following
your dreams, even if they come with sacrifices.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Rachel Hore’s latest novel: A Beautiful Spy.

I have often found that fiction brings factual events in history to life and it also gives me a thirst to learn more about the respective subject. This is definitely the case of Rachel Hore’s new novel: A Beautiful Spy, which is based on the remarkable double life of Olga Gray. Olga Gray was a young British woman who was recruited by MI5 to work undercover to gain close access to members of the Communist Party.

Minnie Gray was feeling fed up and bored of the suburban life of 1930’s Edgbaston but all this was about to change when she was introduced to Captain King. An eccentric man who was like the puppet master for numerous operatives working for the government department MI5. Minnie soon became charmed and a little obsessed by this man and found herself embroiled in a double life that put her in the depths of danger and uncertainty.

As time went on Minnie became reliant on the men in her life and she was afraid to upset any of them but as her personal life was spilling into her professional life she had to make sacrifices.

Rachel Hore had me totally gripped with this story. I was impressed with the bravery of the secret agents and Minnie was just one of many that put their lives on hold to help the country. It sounded exciting and thrilling but the constant anxiety of being discovered must have been terrifying.

A thoroughly enjoyable historical fiction that brings to life the remarkability of people.

About the Author

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 before becoming a full-time writer. She is
married to the writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons. Her last novel, The Love Child, was a Sunday Times
bestseller.

Website: https://rachelhore.co.uk

Twitter: @Rachelhore

The Love Child by Rachel Hore @Rachelhore @simonschusterUK #TeamBATC @annecater #blogtour #bookreview

the love child

The Love Child written by Rachel Hore, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available NOW in ebook and hardcover format.

The hardcover is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, amazon, Foyles and an exclusive spredges edition from WHSmith.

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Book Blurb

A young mother’s sacrifice. A child’s desperate search for the truth . . .
London, 1917

When nineteen-year-old Alice Copeman becomes pregnant, she is forced by her father and stepmother to give up the baby. She simply cannot be allowed to bring shame upon her family. But all Alice can think about is the small, kitten-like child she gave away, and she mourns the father, a young soldier, so beloved, who will never have the chance to know his daughter.

Edith and Philip Burns, a childless couple, yearn for a child of their own. When they secretly adopt a baby girl, Irene, their life together must surely be complete. Irene grows up knowing that she is different from other children, but no one will tell her the full truth.

Putting hopes of marriage and children behind her, Alice embarks upon a pioneering medical career, striving to make her way in a male-dominated world. Meanwhile, Irene struggles to define her own life, eventually leaving her Suffolk home to find work in London.

As two extraordinary stories intertwine across two decades, will secrets long-buried at last come to light?

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Rachel Hore’s latest novel: The Love Child.

This is my first introduction to the work of Rachel Hore and I totally fell in love with her story telling.

The Love Child is an exceptional family saga with substance.  The author cleverly entangles you into her web of words and you become emotionally involved with the characters and storyline.

This is a story starting in 1917 when young women were encouraged to help out with the war effort and were also seen to take on jobs that were previously only undertaken by men.  The war brought a time of new beginnings for women and many were keen to increase their skills set.  One young woman doing her bit was Alice Copeman who as a VAD was nursing on the front.  Her time overseas was to become particularly memorable when Alice fell in love then suffered heart-breaking devastation with the death of her man but then her life was to take another twist and she found out she was pregnant out of wedlock.  Being with child out of wedlock was frowned upon in the early 20th century, Alice came from a well to do family and was forced to give up her child.

Suffering with another loss so soon after the death of her boyfriend brings spiralling levels of emotion to young Alice and the author takes us on a journey with Alice finding the strength to go on.

We also follow the story of a young girl who has never felt welcomed in her family and she feels a little lost in the world.  When Irene starts to pick up snippets of her heritage she feels compelled to learn more.

This is a wonderful story of discovery for two women in a time of advancing changes for women in the country.  With women’s rights slowly being considered and the introduction of the first birth control clinic in Britain women’s health and well-being were to make radical changes to the family unit and to the economy.

A highly emotive story spanning decades that will captivate you.

About the Author

Rachel Hore Author PicRachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she teaches publishing and creative writing at UEA. She is married to writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons.

Visit Rachel at http://www.rachelhore.co.uk, or follow her on Twitter @Rachelhore