About the book: With Hitler's forces firmly entrenched in Europe, countless heroes seek to end the madman's reign. Bastien Ley is one of the best. Working in Italy for the Office of Strategic Services, he's been tasked with sabotaging German convoys. When his team kills an officer headed for Rome, the man's similarity to Bastien is undeniable, and seeing an opportunity to turn the tide of the war, Bastien makes a bold decision: he will assume the dead officer's identity. He become Dietrich, an Iron Cross-wearing German officer—an ideal position from which to infiltrate the Nazi ranks in Rome. Bastien's assignment becomes extremely stressful, and his superiors send him a reinforcement in the form of the lovely Gracie Begni, an intelligent, eager, and completely inexperienced radio operator.
With a gulf of resentment between them, these two agents must find a way to portray a couple in love. Soon their reluctant alliance becomes much more as Bastien and Gracie find themselves getting lost in their feeling for each other. But as they engage in battle against the deadliest foe the world has ever known, the pair quickly realizes their love may be doomed. As the Rome Gestapo threatens to destroy all they've worked for, will Bastien and Gracie survive their charade?
My review: I loved this book! I love the way that A L Sowards can take a time in history, during World War II and make it come alive. I loved the way that the author shows things from both Bastien's and Gracie's point of views, I loved the way that it made the story seem more 3-D. I loved the characters. Gracie is a good Mormon girl who wanted to make a difference in the war, so she did the OSS training and ended up in Rome. Bastien is originally from Germany, but his family moved to the USA and he is fighting to end the war that the Nazis started. I liked how Bastien didn't want to work with Gracie and he tried to do everything he could think of to get her to change her mind about going on the assignment. But as he got to know her, his respect for her just continued to grow as he saw her deal with hard things, and in the end he would do pretty much anything for her. This book is a book about World War II, but it's also got a sweet love story, and you'll feel as though you were transported to Rome during the 1940's. I didn't want this book to end!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: A L Sowards is a graduate of Moses Lake High School and Brigham Young University. She swam competitively for sixteen years, including while she was in college. She found it more entertaining to think of plot ideas while following the black line up and down the bottom of the pool than having a song in her head that restarted with every flip turn. Sowards currently lives along the Wasatch front with her amazing husband and her adorable twin toddlers. She loves hearing from readers at ALSowards.com or on Facebook or Goodreads.
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