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Friday, November 20, 2015

The Scent of Secrets by Jane Thynne




Germany 1933 is not the best place for most people to be. For Clara Vine an actress half British, half German with a secret Jewish ancestry it is certainly not a healthy place to be in. She is in for the long haul, working secretly with British allies obtaining information which will be useful for them in their assault against Hitler.  Having Chamberlain as their Prime Minister who plays down the role of an aggressive Germany does not help the situation either.

Clara is close to the top hierarchy in German politics, even being invited to the Fuehrer's residence. A high honor indeed. She also is close to Eva Braun his mistress and her aim is to try to obtain the secret workings of the Fuehrer's mind. So much has been written of this period in history - but this book gives us an insight into the power and influence that the wives of the top echelon had and they really not only had it, but they also flaunted it and made sure that everyone else knew about it.

Mixing historical fact with fiction the story proceeds with pre war Germany and the gradual escalation of violence, the Aryanisation of Germany and the utter chaos that followed.

A book that was a very good read as it combined so much of actual fact with the story of Clara and her survival.

Sent to me by Netgalley courtesy of Ballantine Books.

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