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?
“In the tradition of Ariel Lawhon and Kate Quinn, The Socialite immerses readers in the glamor and destruction of Nazi-occupied Paris. Featuring two sisters whose travails and triumphs recall the cinematic real-life story of the Mitford family, the book is a portal into a world at times opulent and deadly as two people bound by conscience navigate the grey waters of the City of Light in its bleakest hour of darkness. A picture-perfect portrait of early 1940s Paris, this impeccably researched love story stands out in a sea of WWII-era fiction with its distinctive crystalline voice and unforgettable hero and heroine.”
—Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration and Murder in the City of Liberty
“Smart, savvy, and seductive, J’Nell Ciesielski’s The Socialite takes the reader on a high-stakes thrill ride through the darkness of WWII-occupied Paris. Painting a portrait of excess from inside the top tiers of the Nazi war machine, the hopeless glitz and glamour of the elite creates sparks of tension through Ciesielski’s vivid imagery and the raw experiences of those resisting their oppressors at the same time they must survive in their world. Creating balance between a brave heroine and hero—the first naive but steely Kat, reluctantly partnered with the more-than-capable Scot Resistance fighter, Barrett—their pulse-pounding journey leaves the reader breathless to the very last page. The Socialite shines bright as the City of Lights, and then some!”
—Kristy Cambron, award-winning author of The Lost Castle series and the bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin
“With dramatic intrigue and inspiring romance, The Socialite will delight readers looking for World War II novels. The unique characters, riveting plot, and sparkling prose bring 1940s Paris to life. Well done and highly recommended.”
—Carrie Turansky, award-winning author of No Ocean Too Wide and Across the Blue