The Invisible Woman by Erika Robuck
publication: February 9th 2021 by Berkley Books
France, March 1944. Virginia Hall wasn't like the other young society women back home in Baltimore--she never wanted the debutante ball or silk gloves. Instead, she traded a safe life for adventure in Europe, and when her beloved second home is thrust into the dark days of war, she leaps in headfirst.
Once she's recruited as an Allied spy, subverting the Nazis becomes her calling. But even the most cunning agent can be bested, and in wartime trusting the wrong person can prove fatal. Virginia is haunted every day by the betrayal that ravaged her first operation, and will do everything in her power to avenge the brave people she lost.
While her future is anything but certain, this time more than ever Virginia knows that failure is not an option. Especially when she discovers what--and whom--she's truly protecting.
I thought I had it all where WWII was concerned but Erika Robuck has introduced me to another part of the war that intrigues me. Virginia Hall has made herself invisible and takes that skill to help defeat the Nazi’s. She goes to places that most men would not want to go to, she sees things that causes nightmares for many, and she does it without worry of her own wellbeing.
Everything about The Invisible Woman is intriguing. From the different locations that Virginia is needed, the amazing heroes that she meets along the way, the horrific Nazi’s she has to be fearless of, and the communities that she helps as she stays in the various safe house; there is so much history yet it did not feel like I was reading a history lesson. I was reading about a person, place, and war as if it was fiction but there was so much fact.
**Thank you Berkley Publishing and NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Meet Erika Robuck
Erika Robuck is the national bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl, Call Me Zelda, Fallen Beauty, The House of Hawthorne, and Receive Me Falling. She is a contributor to the anthology Grand Central: Postwar Stories of Love and Reunion, and to the Writer’s Digest Essay Collection, Author in Progress. She writes satire (#Hockeystrong) as E. Robuck.
Her forthcoming novel, The Invisible Woman (February 2021, Berkley, Penguin Random House) is about real-life superwoman of WWII, OSS/SOE agent Virginia Hall.
In 2014, Robuck was named Annapolis’ Author of the Year, and she resides there with her husband, three sons, and a spunky miniature schnauzer.