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A War of Flowers (2014)

de Jane Thynne

Sèrie: Clara Vine (3)

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August, 1938. Paris is a city living on its nerves and the threat of war hangs heavy as a distant thunderstorm on a summer's day. British actress, Clara Vine, is in Paris to film her latest movie, having left Berlin under a cloud. Joseph Goebbels has become increasingly suspicious that Clara has been mingling in Berlin society and passing snippets of information to her contacts in the British Embassy. It would have been absurd, if it hadn't also been true... With war becoming increasingly likely, Clara is approached by an undercover British operative, Guy Hamilton, who asks her to perform a task for her country: to befriend Eva Braun, Hitler's girlfriend, and to pass on any information she can gather. Clara knows that to undertake this task is to put herself back in danger. But she also knows that soon she may have to do everything in her power to protect her country...… (més)
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Clara Vine is a fairly well known actress in Germany before WWII although she was born in England with an English father. Hitler is in command and the Nazi are in power. This book gives great insight into the personalities involved with the Nazi hierarchy. Clara has been recruited in England to work as a spy providing information back to the British who are attempting to stay out of the war with leaders who refuse to see Hitler as a threat (Chamberland). Her position as actress opens doors for her into the society of the Nazi leaders including Goebbels who is a infamous philanderer as his wife is mothering six "perfect German children."

The spy story is somewhat exciting, but the most interesting part of this book is the interworkings of the Nazi. For example, the department which oversees the training of women to be perfect wives and mothers; childbearing is the sole purpose of women. The cultural department responsible for propaganda is another interesting side story.

Clara is charged with becoming friends with Eva Braun in order to get insight into Hitler's mind. However, Eva is virtually a prisoner of Hitler and she is deemed to be a silly and unimportant woman by the Nazi power brokers and their wives. The story caused me to read about many of the people such as Goebbels wife who actually killed her own children. Coco Chanel is another character in the story.

In short, the historical part held my interest more than the fictional characters, yet, still a good read. ( )
  maryreinert | May 9, 2017 |
A fun read set in Nazi Germany prior to the start of World War II. An engaging mystery, the lead character Clara Vine is an actress who is also a spy for the British and her ability to penetrate the social circles of the Nazi elite brings her valuable intelligence. Enjoyable and engaging, I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in fiction set during the Nazi period. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Jun 2, 2016 |
This is such an awesome historical fiction! It had some great historical detail that I'd never come across before (and I've read a lot in that genre!). It is a great mystery/espionage story and I LOVED the movie star/fashion details! ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
This is such an awesome historical fiction! It had some great historical detail that I'd never come across before (and I've read a lot in that genre!). It is a great mystery/espionage story and I LOVED the movie star/fashion details! ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Engaging as heck, this book kept me enthralled from beginning to end. With a great balance of descriptive passages, fast-paced action, and peering into windows of Nazi society not often explored, this was a great introduction to this author.

The author treads a fine line between wordiness and perfect amount of detail in setting her scenes. An author can be bogged down by using too many words when describing a scene or passage; sometimes a thesaurus is NOT your best friend. Somehow, this author is able to incorporate large descriptive paragraphs without bogging the action down. Instead, the story comes to vivid life, making everything breathe for the reader.

As a mystery and spy-thriller, this book excels for the most part. I was kept guessing and on the edge of my seat throughout most of the book. I loved that the author incorporated real conspiracies against the Nazis and a realistic set-up for the murder/mystery. It made everything all the more believable for me.

Clara is a great foil against all the spy suspense and dark, mysterious meetings. She’s a great blend of vulnerable and street-smart that I enjoyed. I liked that her position in society as an actress placed her in a special position to peer into the upper echelons of Nazi society and yet still be on the fringes as not your normal German woman. The other characters were also as enjoyable; all of them adding something to the story or as a window into Nazi Germany in 1938.

Right up there with the great story and characters is the information the author chose to incorporate from the time period. I was especially enjoying seeing, in detail, the position of women in Nazi Germany: the bureaus that dealt with them, their new expected position in life, their limited opportunities, how society saw them, and how they saw the new Nazi society as well. Seeing into the cruel politics of Nazi wives was also interesting. That’s not a side often explored.

The only thing against this book I have is actually a minor one, really. This book is a volume 3 in a series; I could definitely tell. The book can stand alone as a complete work; it has a beginning, middle, and definite conclusion to the specific mystery and conspiracy. Yet, there are characters and events that are referred to or re-introduced that made me hesitate and question. That interrupted the story flow more than once. So probably best to read books 1 and 2 first, but this is still enjoyable by itself, too.

A great blend of characters, suspenseful story, and historical detail, this book holds the attention of the reader with great skill. I kept devouring page after page, eagerly waiting to see what would happen next to Clara and her crew. I will be looking out for the other books in the series so I can get the full picture of the overall story. The author has proven herself in scene-setting and storytelling.

Note: Book received for free from publisher via GoodReads FirstReads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  Sarah_Gruwell | Jan 14, 2016 |
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'How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we
should be digging trenches and trying on gas masks
here because of a quarrel in a faraway country
between people of whom we know nothing.'

Neville Chamberlain, September 1938

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Another fine, summer's day and the MS Wilhelm Gustloff cruise liner was making its leisurely way across the Atlantic Ocean.
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August, 1938. Paris is a city living on its nerves and the threat of war hangs heavy as a distant thunderstorm on a summer's day. British actress, Clara Vine, is in Paris to film her latest movie, having left Berlin under a cloud. Joseph Goebbels has become increasingly suspicious that Clara has been mingling in Berlin society and passing snippets of information to her contacts in the British Embassy. It would have been absurd, if it hadn't also been true... With war becoming increasingly likely, Clara is approached by an undercover British operative, Guy Hamilton, who asks her to perform a task for her country: to befriend Eva Braun, Hitler's girlfriend, and to pass on any information she can gather. Clara knows that to undertake this task is to put herself back in danger. But she also knows that soon she may have to do everything in her power to protect her country...

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