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!

Friday, September 1, 2023

The Starlet Spy (Heroines of WWII #11) by Rachel Scott McDaniel

The Starlet Spy (Heroines of WWII)

Hollywood Star Turns Spy

In 1943, Movie producer Henrik Zoltan approaches Amelie Blake under the guise of offering the Hollywood star a leading part in his upcoming film, but he has a more meaningful role in mind. Amelie’s homeland of Sweden declared neutrality in the war, but Stockholm has become the ‘Casablanca of the North.’ When top-secret atomic research goes missing in Sweden, the Allied forces scramble to recover the files before they fall into Nazi hands.

The United States Office of Strategic Services (OSS) needs someone who’s subtle enough to spy on the Swedish elite without triggering suspicion. Who better than the “all beauty, no brains” Scandinavian starlet? Fluent in three languages and possessing a brilliant memory, Amelie loathes being labeled witless but uses the misconception as her disguise. She’s tasked with searching for the crucial files, but Finn Ristaffason keeps getting in her way. Is the charming shipping magnate after the missing research? Or does he have other reasons for showing up at her every turn?

With the Gestapo on her heels, Amelie must rely on her smarts in addition to her acting skills to survive a world of deadly spies and counterspies.


World War II. A Hollywood actress. Suspected spy activity.

I've often read that famous actress Greta Garbo was a spy in WWII, so I was immediately drawn into this story of Amelie Blake, a young Swedish actress who decides to aid the war effort by becoming a spy. She is beautiful, brave, and dedicated to protecting freedom, but there are so many obstacles thrown into her path.

The Starlet Spy is set in both Hollywood and Sweden during the years 1943-1945, and it alternates between the glamour of making movies and the danger involved in working undercover during WWII. Author Rachel Scott McDaniel kept me guessing with the twists, turns, and questions. Does the one man that Amelie thinks she can trust actually have ulterior motives?

If you're looking for romance, suspense, and heart-pounding adventure, grab a copy of The Starlet Spy. It's a great addition to the Heroines of WWII series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Rachel Scott McDaniel is an award-winning author of historical romance. Winner of the ACFW Genesis Award and the RWA Touched By Love award, Rachel infuses faith and heart into each story. Rachel can be found online at www.RachelScottMcDaniel.com and on all social media platforms. Her work is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency. Rachel resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.

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