About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Sunday, October 9, 2022

The Unlikely Spy by Sophie Schiller: Review & Blog Tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours #HFVBT


Casablanca meets Notorious in a Hitchcock-style thriller of espionage, romance, adventure, and intrigue.

1917. Emma Christensen is a young widow who returns to the Danish West Indies to reclaim the life and the villa she left behind. When she discovers her husband has disinherited her in favor of his young heir—an illegitimate son—she turns to the one thing she knows, gambling, and soon finds herself deeply in debt.

Emma is approached by Cornelius Smith, a representative of an American shipping line, who offers an alternative: infiltrate the suspicious Hamburg-American Line and spy on its nefarious leader, Julius Luckner, to gain valuable business intelligence for his firm.

t doesn’t take long for Emma to realize that both Smith and Luckner are not as they seem. Close to the Allies but even closer to the enemy, Emma bravely engages in missions that could blow her cover at any moment. But with the Panama Canal at stake, how far will she go to help the Allies?

A gripping and suspenseful World War I spy thriller from an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer.



In 1917, during WWI, a young Danish widow agrees to undertake a business espionage mission but instead discovers a planned bomb attack on the Panama Canal. This is the story of Emma Christensen's efforts to help prevent this from happening and it's a hair-raising, heart-pounding adventure that puts her life in danger and her heart at risk. There's one person she thought she could trust but this may not be true! Has Emma been deceived by Major Cornelius Smith, the American who's awakened feelings that she thought were lost?

The Unlikely Spy relates an event that is relatively unknown in our U.S. history and author Sophia Schiller has created a fascinating tale that combines fictional characters with real events and actual people. I wasn't aware of Germany's plans to put the Panama Canal out of commission and I didn't know that this was why President Wilson asked Congress to declare War on Germany!

'"Freedom can only be won by unwavering commitment. Otherwise, it's just a fantasy." For once in her life, she was committed to something far greater than herself.'

These words may have been thought and spoken by fictional characters, but they still hold true today! The Unlikely Spy is a thrilling tale of espionage, secret identities, and betrayal, but it's also a reminder that all of us are capable of making a difference. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I recommend it to all who enjoy historical fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the author via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


Sophie Schiller is an author of historical fiction and spy thrillers. She loves stories that carry the reader back Time to exotic and far-flung locations. Kirkus Reviews has called her “an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer.” Publishers Weekly called her novel, ISLAND ON FIRE, “a memorable romantic thriller”, her novel RACE TO TIBET, “a thrilling yarn,” and her TRANSFER DAY, “a page-turner with emotional resonance.” Kirkus Reviews called her latest novel, THE LOST DIARY OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON, “an engaging coming-of-age story of heartbreak, bravery, honor, and triumph.” Her latest novel is THE UNLIKELY SPY, a historical spy thriller set during WWI. She graduated from American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Learn more by visiting her  Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 26
Review at Bibliotica

Tuesday, September 27
Review at Dive Into a Good Book

Thursday, September 29
Review at The Page Ladies

Friday, September 30
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 4
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Thursday, October 6
Review at Bookworlder

Sunday, October 9
Review & Guest Post at Older & Smarter

Monday, October 10
Review at Coffee & Ink
Excerpt at A Darn Good Read
Review & Excerpt at A Baker’s Perspective

Wednesday, October 12
Review at Novels Alive

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for reviewing THE UNLIKELY SPY! I really appreciate your heartfelt review!