June 1940: the first summer of the war. Berlin is being bombed and nightly blackouts suffocate the city.
Then France falls and a shadow descends. A shadow has fallen over Clara Vine’s own life, too. She is an Anglo-German woman in a country that hates England. Virulent anti-British propaganda is everywhere.
Then she is summoned to meet the Propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels who has decided that Clara should adopt a new role – as his spy — and that she must go to Paris on a mission.
Much as she dislikes the idea, Clara realises this might be the chance to find an escape route to England. But Goebbels has other ideas and soon Clara is drawn into a web that threatens to destroy her. As everything she holds dear is taken as ransom, she must fight to protect her family – and to survive…
Fabulously sophisticated entertainment
1933. War is in the air. And in Berlin one woman is torn between love, loyalty and duty …
The perfect fusion of history, suspense and high romance....the pace is relentless, the background brilliantly evoked and the sex gorgeously spiced with danger.
The TimesRead more
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.
A brilliant tale of spies and secrets, of intense psychological drama, of edgy climax and one extraordinary heroine.
Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred SummersRead more
One of the most amazing moments for a writer is seeing her book in a foreign translation. Beside the fact that it’s always a bit unbelievable, there’s the mystery of what a foreign readership will make of it, and how good the translation will be (and indeed how you’ll ever know if it’s a good translation). Philippe Bonnet, who has translated previous Clara Vine novels, is always fulsomely praised by French readers so I’m thrilled he has worked on Faith and Beauty, which is out in France in February. The other great pleasure is seeing how foreign publishers visualise the jackets, and I love this one from J.C.Lattès. Also just out is Kedros’s Greek edition of The Winter Garden, with a very seductive take on Clara Vine…