Spy
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 Details

TitleSpy
Author
ReleaseNov 26th, 2019
PublisherDelacorte Press
ISBN-139780399179440
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult Fiction

Spy Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Spy by Danielle Steel is a World War II historical fiction novel that covers the thrilling life of one young British aristocrat that completely changed her future when the war hit England. The book spans across decades following it’s main character, Alexandra Wickham, through her adventurous lifetime.Alexandra came from a loving family with her two older brothers and parents who only wanted the best for her which of course in her time meant a good marriage. However, in 1939 when Alexandra should Spy by Danielle Steel is a World War II historical fiction novel that covers the thrilling life of one young British aristocrat that completely changed her future when the war hit England. The book spans across decades following it’s main character, Alexandra Wickham, through her adventurous lifetime.Alexandra came from a loving family with her two older brothers and parents who only wanted the best for her which of course in her time meant a good marriage. However, in 1939 when Alexandra should be thinking marriage and family the war hits the country and she finds herself leaving her home outside of the city to head directly into London to volunteer in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry as her brothers both head to war themselves.As Alexandra got to London she was quickly noticed by a man who enlisted her to come train as a spy for her country when it was found she had an ear for languages and could speak several fluently. It quickly became apparent that Alexandra was extremely good at the missions and she became a huge asset as the war raged on.Again I was given the opportunity to read the latest Danielle Steel novel and again I came away impressed with the story and how quickly I was caught up in history and the life of a WWII spy. One thing that always stands out to me as someone who prefers to switch things up and read different types of books is just how vastly different Danielle Steel’s novels can be but then again there is always an brewing relationship mixed into the story to keep them grounded somewhat the same way. This one was a fast paced historical with all the ups and downs of emotion and action one could want that I flew right through.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • MicheleReader
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed Spy very much. The story of a young British aristocrat spending WWII as a spy for the SOE and then her life as an MI6 spy living around the globe during important times in each country’s history proved interesting. I found her life and missions during WWII the most intriguing as her time spent in India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong Kong, Moscow and Washington, DC seemed to fly by. It covered a lot of ground for a book under 300 pages and therefore, each section after WWII did not dig very I enjoyed Spy very much. The story of a young British aristocrat spending WWII as a spy for the SOE and then her life as an MI6 spy living around the globe during important times in each country’s history proved interesting. I found her life and missions during WWII the most intriguing as her time spent in India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong Kong, Moscow and Washington, DC seemed to fly by. It covered a lot of ground for a book under 300 pages and therefore, each section after WWII did not dig very deep but that was fine with me. This was a strong effort for the incredibly versatile Ms. Steel. It has what her fans, myself included, want. A smart, strong female character, a love match worthy of the lead and lots of adventure. And it has a beautiful cover as well. Many thanks to NetGalley, Random House – Ballantine and Ms. Steel for an advance copy of this book.
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  • Lili
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve honestly never read anything by Danielle Steel, because I associate her with mass market paperback romances from the 1980s. And that’s definitely not in my reader wheelhouse. However, when I saw that her latest novel was historical fiction about a female intelligence agent in World War II, that was so soundly in my reader wheelhouse that it was irrational to ignore it. Not only did I want to read it, I jumped it to the top of my reading queue.This novel was actually a sweeping family epic I’ve honestly never read anything by Danielle Steel, because I associate her with mass market paperback romances from the 1980s. And that’s definitely not in my reader wheelhouse. However, when I saw that her latest novel was historical fiction about a female intelligence agent in World War II, that was so soundly in my reader wheelhouse that it was irrational to ignore it. Not only did I want to read it, I jumped it to the top of my reading queue.This novel was actually a sweeping family epic rather than a World War II spy novel. Only the first half of the novel (approximately 100 pages) dealt with the heroine’s service in the Special Operations Executive, but the characters and the plot were so well drawn that this section of the novel could have been expanded with more depth into a 250-page novel of its own. The uniqueness of this novel is that it answers the question “What happens to these women after their great wartime adventures?” Again, in the second half of the novel, the author opted for breadth over depth and traced the heroine’s life over two decades of peacetime intelligence service. Each one of the foreign postings could have been a satisfying 250-page novel in its own right, rather than a twenty-something page chapter.I did love the research and realism that the author brought to bear in this novel. Each historical epoch was well-drawn: from India in the 1940s to the Soviet Union in the 1960s. And the characters were interesting humans; had this been a series of novels, I probably would have read each one to find out what life brings next for Alex and Richard. However, I tend to prefer novels that are intricate microcosms rather than sweeping epics, so the lack of detail and depth was something that I had to adapt to while reading.This novel has genuinely changed my perception of Danielle Steel novels for the better. I’m pleased to see that there are at least three other Danielle Steel advance reader copies available at this time. None are as soundly in my reader wheelhouse as this current novel; however, I’m definitely interested in exploring more of what she can do.I received this book as a digital advance reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Spy is a good piece of historical fiction. Alex is from the British aristocracy, but she ends up as a spy during WWII. I like the fact that an unusual choice of character is involved in espionage. The story follows this woman through happiness, sorrow, celebration and loss, and it has all the feels. It's an overarching portrait of a life lived by one woman. I found it though provoking and immersive. I definitely recommend for fans of Danielle Steel. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for Spy is a good piece of historical fiction. Alex is from the British aristocracy, but she ends up as a spy during WWII. I like the fact that an unusual choice of character is involved in espionage. The story follows this woman through happiness, sorrow, celebration and loss, and it has all the feels. It's an overarching portrait of a life lived by one woman. I found it though provoking and immersive. I definitely recommend for fans of Danielle Steel. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Denise Breen
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited to read this one at first because it was a historical fiction story. I was disappointed because there was no depth to the story. The story is about a young girl from a good English family that goes to work in London during WWII and ends up becoming a spy. While there are details about her adventures, they don't go into real depth and I felt like I was reading a summary, not an actual book.
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  • Denise Hershberger
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fascinating book! WWII espionage is quite intriguing and it wasn't a hard decision to read this book.I really loved Alex's linguistic abilities. Her ability to be fluent in so many languages was so interesting. Especially since some of them weren't easy languages. At times I felt the book repeated itself a little, and some of the chapters got a little long winded on details that I didn't care about. But overall this was an excellent book. It is always interesting to read about This was a fascinating book! WWII espionage is quite intriguing and it wasn't a hard decision to read this book.I really loved Alex's linguistic abilities. Her ability to be fluent in so many languages was so interesting. Especially since some of them weren't easy languages. At times I felt the book repeated itself a little, and some of the chapters got a little long winded on details that I didn't care about. But overall this was an excellent book. It is always interesting to read about professional spies and government employees. I also appreciated the small amount of romance in the book even if it did involve some pre-marital sex. (I knew as a general market book it probably would have some less than wholesome moments.)I think this was my first Danielle Steel book - but if others had similarly intriguing descriptions I wouldn't hesitate to read more.I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. This is my honest review.
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  • Tiffany Foskey
    January 1, 1970
    D.S. has done it again!!!!!!!!! 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. Alex is a young woman who becomes a spy in the war and starts a fifty- something years career. She has some dangerous missions and some easy ones. Her job takes her all over the world and we follow right along with her. Thank you to Netgalley and Random house Publishing for my honest review
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Danielle Steel has written a superbly crafted piece with Spy showcasing her talent and solidifying her role as the best writer of her time.Alexandra our main character has so much charm, charisma, and fierceness.I love strong woman and in this case Alexandra is leading a double life with good reason.She is going behind enemy lines for a job that many never thought she would do nor could do but she proved them all wrong.She originally volunteered with the Yeomanry to help the war effort in Danielle Steel has written a superbly crafted piece with Spy showcasing her talent and solidifying her role as the best writer of her time.Alexandra our main character has so much charm, charisma, and fierceness.I love strong woman and in this case Alexandra is leading a double life with good reason.She is going behind enemy lines for a job that many never thought she would do nor could do but she proved them all wrong.She originally volunteered with the Yeomanry to help the war effort in stopping Hitler until her life suddenly changed upon meeting her war hero Richard.A whirlwind romance pursued leading to marriage and ultimately to childbirth and tragic death(s).In the end she finds herself questioning her past, her ability for the future, and ultimately her own self interests.I'm so happy it all worked out in the end...A truly spectacular read from both the literature, historical, romantic, and thriller perspective.
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  • AURORE
    January 1, 1970
    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 Historical fiction remains my BEST GENRE TILL DATE. SPY has her signature comforting style of writing that makes you fall in love with her characters and keep you reading till the last 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 Historical fiction remains my BEST GENRE TILL DATE. 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.It has 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!
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  • Kym Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Danielle Steel is at it again! This book is absolutely PHENOMENAL!! For me, this book ranks among Jewels, Zoya, Kaleidoscope, Thurston House, Family Album, and Message From Nam as one of Ms. Steele's best female leading, and driven stories, though there are still a few more that rank among the best books, such as Changes, Palomino, Daddy, Fine Things, Star, Full Circle, and The Ranch. This book will play every emotion you have, and leave you feeling like you were wrung through the wringer, but Danielle Steel is at it again! This book is absolutely PHENOMENAL!! For me, this book ranks among Jewels, Zoya, Kaleidoscope, Thurston House, Family Album, and Message From Nam as one of Ms. Steele's best female leading, and driven stories, though there are still a few more that rank among the best books, such as Changes, Palomino, Daddy, Fine Things, Star, Full Circle, and The Ranch. This book will play every emotion you have, and leave you feeling like you were wrung through the wringer, but there is absolutely no way you will be able to put this down if you are in any way a Danielle Steel fan!!
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  • Darla
    January 1, 1970
    The saga of Alex and her 30 years as a spy for Great Britain in the SOE and MI6 had so much potential. She undertook numerous missions behind enemy lines in WW II. As the wife of an ambassador, she was able to report back to MI6 from India (during Partition), Morocco, Hong Kong, and Russia (during the Cold War). Alex is a very likable character and her desire to serve her country comes through loud and clear. I just did not feel emotionally engaged in her story for much of the narrative. It just The saga of Alex and her 30 years as a spy for Great Britain in the SOE and MI6 had so much potential. She undertook numerous missions behind enemy lines in WW II. As the wife of an ambassador, she was able to report back to MI6 from India (during Partition), Morocco, Hong Kong, and Russia (during the Cold War). Alex is a very likable character and her desire to serve her country comes through loud and clear. I just did not feel emotionally engaged in her story for much of the narrative. It just felt very shallow in emotion for much of the story. Readers who love quick read with exotic locales will find this book to be a treat. I was just expecting more.Thank you to Delacorte Press and Edelweiss for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Danielle Steel is iconic. Women flock to her shelves and eagerly await her latest fiction offering. I read them, but I don't usually enjoy the contemporary ones as much as I like the historical novels. Spy is an historical set amid WW2 and the aftermath. I really enjoyed it. It was a comfortable read that had drama, intrigue, and a nicely wrapped up ending.
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  • ROBIN RUIZ
    January 1, 1970
    Alexandria leads a privileged life, when war breaks out. Since both her brothers enlisted , she volunteers , more content to help her country , the marry and settle down. This starts the journey of Alex. She’s recruited to be a spy and so begins her decades of work. All while marrying and raising a child and relocating and having a front seat to history in the making !I am surprised by home much I enjoyed this book. And I definitely recommend it !
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  • Mary-reeta Mcgrade
    January 1, 1970
    Again Danielle Steel doesn't disappoint. Spy is more of a historical fiction which is a bit different for Danielle Steel and is well written. The main character is an aristocratic young lady,Alex, who becomes a spy during World War ll. We follow Alex through her family happiness and despair,her love life,her duties as a spy, and her future. This book had me crying and I was disappointed when it ended,(I wanted more). Another must read book.
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  • TJ
    January 1, 1970
    I have enjoyed Danielle Steel’s books before and was so looking forward to this historical venue. Unfortunately, this was not one of my favorites. This story starts out with a bang while we get acquainted with Alex, Richard, her brothers and their contributions to the war. This is not the first book I’ve read on the recruiting of women for specific jobs and espionage activities during WWII and it is amazing these women stepped up to the plate and accomplished so much. I really enjoyed the first I have enjoyed Danielle Steel’s books before and was so looking forward to this historical venue. Unfortunately, this was not one of my favorites. This story starts out with a bang while we get acquainted with Alex, Richard, her brothers and their contributions to the war. This is not the first book I’ve read on the recruiting of women for specific jobs and espionage activities during WWII and it is amazing these women stepped up to the plate and accomplished so much. I really enjoyed the first part of the book. But about 50% in, the war is over and we go into a slow laid-back journey of following Alex and Richard’s lives. Not much happens after that, I kept reading knowing that something was going to break open but it didn’t. This one was almost like two different authors wrote the book. I was given the opportunity to receive this book from Random House Publishing Group through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. This one gets 3 ½ stars rounded up to 4.
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  • Debra Dowling
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic! I am a huge fan of Danielle Steel and have to say, this is probably my favorite book yet.During WWII, much of Britain was enlisting, and families were being torn apart from the effects of war. Alex, went into London to work, and with her proficiency to speak multiple languages, found herself recruited to be a spy. Loving both the adrenaline surge and the experience, Alex excelled at what she did, and continued her work well after the war was over. She met and married a man, Richard, Fantastic! I am a huge fan of Danielle Steel and have to say, this is probably my favorite book yet.During WWII, much of Britain was enlisting, and families were being torn apart from the effects of war. Alex, went into London to work, and with her proficiency to speak multiple languages, found herself recruited to be a spy. Loving both the adrenaline surge and the experience, Alex excelled at what she did, and continued her work well after the war was over. She met and married a man, Richard, but was not able to tell him of her life as a spy for over 30 years. They built a great life together with joy as well as heart ache along the way. Their story makes you wonder how well we ever really know someone.This is a wonderful book about family, love, secrets, choices , and living ones own life. The story spans over 30 years and has a well developed plot with characters you will grow to love. I did not want to put it down once I started. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Mandi F
    January 1, 1970
    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!I admire Alexandra Wickham because she is this strong independent woman who doesn’t want to settle down and have kids like the rest of the girls her age during World War 2 but instead wants to have a part in the war effort first with the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and then as a SPY. I like her brothers Geoff and William,. Geoff I thought was modern but also conservative. He wanted 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!I admire Alexandra Wickham because she is this strong independent woman who doesn’t want to settle down and have kids like the rest of the girls her age during World War 2 but instead wants to have a part in the war effort first with the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and then as a SPY. I like her brothers Geoff and William,. Geoff I thought was modern but also conservative. He wanted change but not too much pertaining to women’s role outside of the home. William on the other hand was a lot more conservative. He didn’t want to see too much change but wanted things to stay as they were, I admire both of them though because they both took the time to look after their sister.Richard, the man in her life, her husband, is the type of man everyone wants to fall in love with and marry. 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 is a short review but after kind of reviewing the first part of the book, I stopped because it was so good I felt any more reviewing wouldn’t do it justice. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend! If you’re looking for a book filled with mystery, danger, travel, espionage, this is the book for you!
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  • Christina Hutt
    January 1, 1970
    I have read Danielle Steel books since I was a teenager. The last dozen books or so have felt like either she was rambling and repeating herself over and over OR the book seemed rushed. This book is old school Danielle Steel. This is the story of Alexandra Wickman. She lived a life of privilege, being presented in Queen Mary's Court. Then Hitler came to power and Alex, along with her two brothers, William and Geoff, join the fight against Germany. Alex volunteers in the First Aid Nursing I have read Danielle Steel books since I was a teenager. The last dozen books or so have felt like either she was rambling and repeating herself over and over OR the book seemed rushed. This book is old school Danielle Steel. This is the story of Alexandra Wickman. She lived a life of privilege, being presented in Queen Mary's Court. Then Hitler came to power and Alex, along with her two brothers, William and Geoff, join the fight against Germany. Alex volunteers in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry but soon her superiors realize that she is over qualified for driving lorries thanks to her amazing language skills. What happens after that is too good to spoil but this book covers her lifetime and how she leads her life after the war. I felt that the last few chapters spanned too many decades but I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!
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  • Penny
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Danielle Steele's book, Spy. This is the story of a young woman who lives a double life as a secret agent, fighting for her country during World War II. I loved the way Danielle Steele described the different places that the character visits, India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong King, Moscow and finally, Washington DC. Though this is a story of intrigue, it is also a romantic story that follows four generations. I'm glad that she did not end the story when the war ended, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Danielle Steele's book, Spy. This is the story of a young woman who lives a double life as a secret agent, fighting for her country during World War II. I loved the way Danielle Steele described the different places that the character visits, India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong King, Moscow and finally, Washington DC. Though this is a story of intrigue, it is also a romantic story that follows four generations. I'm glad that she did not end the story when the war ended, but continued on to the characters children and grand-children. Thank you to NetGalley and Publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review,
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    As always Danielle Steel has not let me down. I love her books because the stories are so eclectic. This book, which begins just before World War II, combines a story of family values with historical annotations.It tells the story of Alexandra Wickham, a young English woman who travels to London to assist with the war efforts as a volunteer with the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. Both of her brothers have already enlisted as pilots and she also wants to do her duty to King & Country. When a As always Danielle Steel has not let me down. I love her books because the stories are so eclectic. This book, which begins just before World War II, combines a story of family values with historical annotations.It tells the story of Alexandra Wickham, a young English woman who travels to London to assist with the war efforts as a volunteer with the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. Both of her brothers have already enlisted as pilots and she also wants to do her duty to King & Country. When a secret spy network learns that she is fluent in multiple languages she is recruited. This story follows her through numerous dangerous missions during the war. During this time she meets Richard, a pilot she begins dating and later marries. We follow Alex through her missions during WW II and beyond. Spanning many years, as she follows her husband to multiple countries with his work with the foreign service, she is called on to continue her life of secret espionage. No one, neither her family nor husband, know of her secret career. This story shows her strength through dangerous situations as well as personal tragedy. I laughed. I cried. I cheered Alex on from page 1.I love Danielle Steel and am also a history buff, so this was a great read for me. I couldn't put this book down. I found myself reading through the night just to see how it all turned out. I would (and will) recommend this book to everyone. Whether you like history or not, this book will not be a disappointment.Ms. Steel, you are a marvel at what you do!
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  • Peppy
    January 1, 1970
    I have not read a Danielle Steel novel in ages. In the past, I found her books to be somewhat lacking in substance and in the realm of mass market fiction. I am a lover of historical fiction and after reading the synopsis of Spy, thought I’d give it a whirl. I am glad I did. This novel is well written and is well researched. Spy is a rewarding and enjoyable read.In 1939, Alex Wickham is a young woman who comes from a patriotic upper class British family and has led a life of privilege. After I have not read a Danielle Steel novel in ages. In the past, I found her books to be somewhat lacking in substance and in the realm of mass market fiction. I am a lover of historical fiction and after reading the synopsis of Spy, thought I’d give it a whirl. I am glad I did. This novel is well written and is well researched. Spy is a rewarding and enjoyable read.In 1939, Alex Wickham is a young woman who comes from a patriotic upper class British family and has led a life of privilege. After discovering her talent for foreign languages, the British SOE recruits Alex to become an agent for them. For the duration of WW ll she successfully undertakes several perilous assignments for them. After the war she marries her wartime sweetheart RAF pilot, Richard Montgomery who has taken a job in the British diplomatic core. M16 recruits Alex to work for them when her husband firsts serves in India to help coordinate the independence and partition process. This proves to be a very trying time for Alex and Richard. She continues to work for them throughout all his diplomatic assignments in various parts of the world. Along her journey throughout WWll and postwar, Alex deals with several heartbreaking personal tragedies. She proves to a strong,resilient woman. Her tenacity for life and her job is second to none. In Alexandria Wickham, Danielle Steel has created a memorable character which I greatly admire.
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  • Eddy Yang
    January 1, 1970
    The Spy Novel That Made Me Cried This book deserves to be 2019’s best book of the year. Spy by Danielle Steel is such a well written, detailed, and page-turner novel. It’s about a young woman named Alexandra Wickham who volunteer to serve in World War 2, she was given the choice to become a spy and forever change her life. The book is filled with action-pack adventure, humor, romance, and is especially a super tearjerker. Get ready for one heck of a read and have tissues at the side. Danielle The Spy Novel That Made Me Cried This book deserves to be 2019’s best book of the year. Spy by Danielle Steel is such a well written, detailed, and page-turner novel. It’s about a young woman named Alexandra Wickham who volunteer to serve in World War 2, she was given the choice to become a spy and forever change her life. The book is filled with action-pack adventure, humor, romance, and is especially a super tearjerker. Get ready for one heck of a read and have tissues at the side. Danielle portrays Alexandra as a well-rounded character. She is a brave, determined, clever, charming, and talented woman. She shows no fear when taking up new challenges and yet she’s such a sweetheart. This book is easy to read and understand. After finishing the book, I feel a sense of sadness of why the book had to end so fast and it didn’t feel like I was reading at all. Every sentence and paragraph played like a movie in my head and it was hard to put the book down. One lesson I learned from the book is, always follow your dreams and trust your guts. I enjoyed this book quiet a lot and will give it a second read. I still can’t get enough of how good the book was and it will have a place in my shelf. I recommend this book to everyone, whether you’re a beginner or advanced reader this is a must-read. Hope you all enjoy my review of the spy and don’t forget to pick up a copy.
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  • Kookie9200
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book.FINALLY! Steel is at her best when she writes a historical fiction novel! I loved this book! It was like reading the Danielle Steel of old, with a strong, brave female lead that takes on challenges. Alex is 23 when WWII begins. She goes into London to help with the war effort, and to her surprise, is soon picked up to be a spy. She is strong, and heroic. Clever and articulate. Brave. Even through loss, she learns her Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book.FINALLY! Steel is at her best when she writes a historical fiction novel! I loved this book! It was like reading the Danielle Steel of old, with a strong, brave female lead that takes on challenges. Alex is 23 when WWII begins. She goes into London to help with the war effort, and to her surprise, is soon picked up to be a spy. She is strong, and heroic. Clever and articulate. Brave. Even through loss, she learns her own strength, and helps her country.Sure, she falls in love. It's a DS novel. Her whole story is about HER life though, and not about her relationship. The two coexist, and it's Steels first truly feminist novel in a long time. I loved reading Alex's story of war, and peace, and how her life with Richard takes her from England to India to America, and how she stays active in the secret service of spying.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Of course Danielle Steele has done it again and with a very different take on this one. I have not read too many historical romance novels from Danielle Steel but this one proves that she has a wide variety of genre's that she can write. I thought this one was very well thought out and planned and kept your attention very well. Alexandra decided as a young woman that she was going to volunteer when the war broke out because her two brothers joined the war and she wanted to do something as well. Of course Danielle Steele has done it again and with a very different take on this one. I have not read too many historical romance novels from Danielle Steel but this one proves that she has a wide variety of genre's that she can write. I thought this one was very well thought out and planned and kept your attention very well. Alexandra decided as a young woman that she was going to volunteer when the war broke out because her two brothers joined the war and she wanted to do something as well. Alexandra is content to drive ambulances back and forth as they needed her too. She was content with her work as long as she felt she was doing something to help the war efforts. Both of Alexandra's brothers are pilots in the war and that scares and worries her for them. Once day she gets word that one of her brother's has been shot down and did not make it. Now with it being just the two kids left, Alexandra is still determined to volunteer and her other brother is still determined to fly like he had done previously. They both set out after their leave for their brother's memorial determined to do all they can in their brother's name and not knowing when they might see each other again. After returning to her position, Alexandra is summoned to an important office for official business. Since Alexandra is fluent in two other languages, she is asked if she would consider being a spy for the war efforts. Alexandra never thought that she would be offered such a prestigious job and knows that she is going to have to keep her position covered up which in turn means a lot of lies that she is going to have to tell to the ones she cares about. Is she willing to do that? In the meantime Alexandra has started talking to Richard and knows that she will have to cover what she is doing and lie to him about not being able to meet him sometimes when she is called away at a moments notice. Will their relationship be able to withstand all of that? Alex has a big decision to make but it does not take her but a night to make up her mind and she decides that she is ready to take on the position. From here in the story, we get to go along with Alex on some of her secret missions and see how she handles her job. I loved seeing how Alex was so professional about everything and handled herself so very well. You will not regret picking up this book to read. This is truly one of Danielle Steele's at her finest. I was sad when the story of Alex and Richard came to an end. I could have read about them for days. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All opinions are my own. Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for an advanced copy of this book.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Danielle Steel’s new novel, Spy, opens with Alexandra Wickham and her family anticipating the start of World War II in Great Britain. When war does break out, her two brothers join the Royal Air Force and Alex goes to London to volunteer for the war effort. Shortly after she meets a RAF fighter pilot commander, Richard, that she is interested in, Alex is recruited to be a spy for the SOE. No one, including her family and Richard, can know that she is a spy and she agrees not to tell anyone for Danielle Steel’s new novel, Spy, opens with Alexandra Wickham and her family anticipating the start of World War II in Great Britain. When war does break out, her two brothers join the Royal Air Force and Alex goes to London to volunteer for the war effort. Shortly after she meets a RAF fighter pilot commander, Richard, that she is interested in, Alex is recruited to be a spy for the SOE. No one, including her family and Richard, can know that she is a spy and she agrees not to tell anyone for at least 20 years. Alex’s missions are behind enemy lines, mostly in Germany and occupied France. While she sometimes gets caught in tricky situations, Alex always manages to escape unharmed and make it safely back to England. After the war ends, Alex and Richard marry. Now that his military career is over, Richard decides to enter the diplomatic corps for his country. Alex is once again recruited to be a spy, this time for MI6. Over the course of the next 30 years, Richard and Alex are sent to posts in India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong Kong, Moscow, and Washington D. C. After their years of service to their country, Richard and Alex retire back in England.Spy is a really good piece of historical fiction. It is obvious that Danielle Steel always does a lot of research in order to get the facts correct in novels such as this one. I felt as if I was getting a good history lesson while also enjoying the storyline of the book. As in most Danielle Steel novels, I found myself invested in the main character and wanting to find out what would happen next. I do wish that there had been more detail given about some of Alex’s missions during the war. I believe the additional detail would have made her missions seem more dangerous and kept me more on the edge of my seat, so to speak. Also, I wish there had been more detail given about Richard and Alex’s activities in their different diplomatic assignments. Again, I think this detail would have made it more interesting. But, I also understand that there is a delicate balance between too much and not enough detail, especially when that will affect the length of the book. I’m sure there is an optimum book length that authors and publishers must aim for to ensure that the book does well. Overall, this was a very good story that I enjoyed reading. I am becoming a bigger fan of historical fiction, as I feel that I am learning history while enjoying the plot of the book. I would definitely recommend this book, as it offers the historical facts in addition to Danielle Steel’s rich character development. Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for a digital ARC in exchange for my review.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Spy by Danielle Steel is an excellent historical fiction novel that introduces us to the intriguing character of Alexandra (Alex) Wickham. It almost reads as a biography of sorts and begins when Alex is a teen growing up with her parents and brothers in Hampshire, England beginning around 1939. The book proceeds to give us an unraveling of a fascinating life that unfolds for Alex through the years of WWII and her eventual involvement with SOE, her missions and day to day life during that time, Spy by Danielle Steel is an excellent historical fiction novel that introduces us to the intriguing character of Alexandra (Alex) Wickham. It almost reads as a biography of sorts and begins when Alex is a teen growing up with her parents and brothers in Hampshire, England beginning around 1939. The book proceeds to give us an unraveling of a fascinating life that unfolds for Alex through the years of WWII and her eventual involvement with SOE, her missions and day to day life during that time, as well as the tragedies that take place as well. It also covers her sweet romance and beginnings with RAF squadron leader, Richard, and what would end up being their 54 year marriage.The “second” part of the book (in my mind) is post-war and the travels, triumphs, and tragedies that Alex experiences while traveling to: India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Soviet Union, and Washington DC as Richard is part of the foreign ambassador office and Alex is part of MI6. I loved reading about her relationship, her family, and her granddaughters afterwards as well. I enjoyed Alex, Richard, and her family. It was interesting to have a peak inside what life was like during those volatile years of WWII and post-war/Cold War, and some of the clandestine and “organized” British military endeavors that occurred. I feel as if Alex was an honest, honorable, likable, and truly genuine character, that to me, seemed very real thanks to the imagery that was given by Ms. Steel. Remarkable. I truly enjoyed the ending and feel as if it came full circle and left the reader with the knowledge that Alex has many more adventures and chapters to write in her life story. This is a great novel that I did not want to end.5/5 starsThank you NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group- Ballantine for this amazing ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.This is submitted to my GR account immediately and will be posted to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Spy tells the story of Alex, a young British aristocratic lady who is recruited by the SOE which was a division of the British undercover military intelligence during WWII and then later to work as an agent for MI6 after the war. The book moves from England to several foreign settings as Alex and her diplomat husband are posted to various locations during the Cold War era. The book was an easy, enjoyable read. If you like Danielle Steel books, this book should appeal to you as it follows the Spy tells the story of Alex, a young British aristocratic lady who is recruited by the SOE which was a division of the British undercover military intelligence during WWII and then later to work as an agent for MI6 after the war. The book moves from England to several foreign settings as Alex and her diplomat husband are posted to various locations during the Cold War era. The book was an easy, enjoyable read. If you like Danielle Steel books, this book should appeal to you as it follows the typical formula of focusing for a few pages on one particular incident and then moving the story forward by months or even years within a paragraph or two. That is the reason that I gave this book four stars instead of five. I felt the subject matter (resistance and espionage work) was handled a bit too neatly and quickly and that more emphasis should have been put on the risks the brave individuals involved endured. I never felt like Alex was truly putting her life or those around her in any really danger. I have read other Danielle Steel books, and the method of glossing over large chunks of time normally works for me because the setting of the book is more of a background player. However, with Spy, I had higher expectations that a deeper focus about the setting and time period would be provided. I would have happily given a five star rating if I would have learned a new historical fact or if something caught my attention enough to make me want to research it a bit more, which is my personal measure of a great historical fiction book. I would consider this book more of a fictional story simply set in a different time period, not true historical fiction that allows me to visualize what life might have been like during a particular time period.
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  • LS
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, Danielle Steel has turned out an engrossing story that sweeps a broad brush across the personal landscape of her female protagonist. The majority of the book is set after World War II, when an aristocratic young woman named Alexandra Wickham (or Alex for short) gets involved in the British secret service. We follow Alex's adventures in India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong Kong, Moscow, and finally Washington, DC. Each location has interesting plot developments. But, as this is a short Once again, Danielle Steel has turned out an engrossing story that sweeps a broad brush across the personal landscape of her female protagonist. The majority of the book is set after World War II, when an aristocratic young woman named Alexandra Wickham (or Alex for short) gets involved in the British secret service. We follow Alex's adventures in India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong Kong, Moscow, and finally Washington, DC. Each location has interesting plot developments. But, as this is a short novel, DS does not go into a great deal of depth about each of the missions. Rather, we get a high-level overview. For example, within a single page, Alex's healthy child gets sick and dies and she discovers she is pregnant again. Normally, this sort of episode would encompass several chapters of a novel, instead of a few paragraphs, but Steel rarely goes into a lot of detail with her plot twists. This keeps the story moving rather briskly, so I won't complain about the brevity. In addition to the main plot about Alex's adventures in espionage, we are treated to her romance with Richard and the family dynamics of her aristocratic family. Steel's storytelling strength has always been in her ability to probe the relationships between her characters. While many readers will come to this novel expecting the emphasis to be on secret government operations, they may find themselves more interested in learning about Alex's family developments.Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jennifer Vido
    January 1, 1970
    Alexandra Wickham 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 enlist leaving her behind in Alexandra Wickham 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 enlist leaving 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, 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 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.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Spy by Danielle Steel takes readers through the life of Alex Wickham. When England entered the war, Alex joined the First Aid Nursing Yeomancy in London where she drove lorries. Alex knew French and German fluently which is how she captured the eye of the newly organized Special Operations Executive (SOE). Alex becomes a secret agent who goes on dozens of missions to aid England during the war. When the war ends, Alex finds a new way to serve her country. We follow Alex from London to India, Spy by Danielle Steel takes readers through the life of Alex Wickham. When England entered the war, Alex joined the First Aid Nursing Yeomancy in London where she drove lorries. Alex knew French and German fluently which is how she captured the eye of the newly organized Special Operations Executive (SOE). Alex becomes a secret agent who goes on dozens of missions to aid England during the war. When the war ends, Alex finds a new way to serve her country. We follow Alex from London to India, Moscow, Morocco, Pakistan, Hong Kong and Washington D.C. I find Spy to be a captivating story that is rich in historical detail from World War II to India gaining its independence from the United Kingdom to the cold war in Moscow. Danielle Steel did a superb job on the research for this book. The historical details enrich the Spy and really bring it to life. I felt like I was there with Alex. Alex Wickham was a developed character who was intelligent, strong and lovely. I became engrossed in Spy which moved along at a fast pace. It is a realistic and emotional story. There are life’s normal high and low’s as well as the travesties that come from war. I like Danielle Steel’s writing style which makes a story engaging and easy to read. Spy has family, friendship, love, grief, adventure and secrets. I like where the author took the story plus the charming ending. Spy is fascinating tale with secret agents, exploding bombs, undercover missions, political uprisings, and surprising secrets.
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