Review: Black Roses by Jane Thynne

blackrosesBerlin, 1933. Warning bells ring across Europe as Hitler comes to power. Clara Vine, an attractive young Anglo-German actress, arrives in Berlin to find work at the famous Ufa studios. Through a chance meeting, she is unwillingly drawn into a circle of Nazi wives, among them Magda Goebbels, Anneliese von Ribbentrop and Goering’s girlfriend Emmy Sonnemann. As part of his plan to create a new pure German race, Hitler wants to make sweeping changes to the lives of women, starting with the formation of a Reich Fashion Bureau, instructing women on what to wear and how to behave. Clara is invited to model the dowdy, unflattering clothes. Then she meets Leo Quinn who is working for British intelligence and who sees in Clara the perfect recruit to spy on her new elite friends, using her acting skills to win their confidence. But when Magda Goebbels reveals to Clara a dramatic secret and entrusts her with an extraordinary mission, Clara feels threatened, compromised, desperately caught between her duty towards – and growing affection for – Leo, and the impossibly dangerous task Magda has forced upon her. Continue reading “Review: Black Roses by Jane Thynne”

Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale

geekgirlHarriet Manners knows a lot of things.

  • Cats have 32 muscles in each ear
  • Bluebirds can’t see the colour blue
  • The average person laughs 15 times a day
  • Peanuts are an ingredient of dynamite

But she doesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her.  So when she’s offered the chance to reinvent herself, Harriet grabs it.  Can she transform from geek to chic? Continue reading “Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale”