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A War of Flowers by Jane Thynne

On May 26, 2015

By Sophia Whitfield
If you are a fan of period drama then this is the book for you. Set is 1938, Thynne draws a vivid picture of life on the brink of war. Paris is a city living on its nerves and the threat of war hangs heavy on the beautiful city.

British actress Clara Vine is in Paris to film her latest movie, having left Berlin under a cloud of suspicion. Joseph Goebbels had become increasingly suspicious as he watched Clara mingling with Berlin society. He assumes she is a spy passing on snippets of information to her contacts in the British Embassy. In Paris, her German connections lead to an approach by a British operative.

Clara thinks she is meeting with Guy Hamilton about a film until he asks Clara to befriend Eva Braun, Hitlerís girlfriend and pass information back to the British. It is a mission that will throw Clara back into grave danger.

Brilliantly researched, Thynne weaves in the high society of the time including Coco Chanel who used her social prominence and influence to keep herself safe and increase her business connections.

An atmospheric novel rich with intrigue and romance.

A War of Flowers is out now and available on Audible.

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