Anna Cavanaugh is a restless young widow and brilliant French teacher at a private school in Washington, DC. Everything changes when she’s recruited into the Office of Strategic Services by family friend and legendary WWI hero Major General William Donovan.
Donovan has faith in her—and in all his “glorious amateurs” who are becoming Anna’s fast friends: Maggie, Anna’s down-to-earth mentor; Irene, who’s struggling to find support from her husband for her clandestine life; and Julia, a cheerful OSS liaison. But the more Anna learns about the organization’s secret missions, the more she longs to be stationed abroad. Then comes the opportunity: go undercover as a spy in the French Resistance to help steal critical intelligence that could ultimately turn the tide of the war.
Dispatched behind enemy lines and in constant danger, Anna is filled with adrenaline, passion, and fear. She’s driven to make a difference—for her country and for herself. Whatever the risk, she’s willing to take it to help liberate France from the shadows of occupation and to free herself from the shadows of her former life.
Author Jane Healey has found her niche in writing Historical WWII Fiction. THE SECRET STEALERS is a grand telling of the story of a group of young women who dare to live clandestine lives as active members of the Office of Strategic Services. The main character is Anna Cavanaugh, a young widow and brilliant French teacher at a private school in Washington, D.C. She’s personally recruited by family friend and WWI hero Major General William Donovan. Donovan recognizes something within her and the other girls who become Anna’s fast friends: Maggie, her mentor; Irene, who is trying to garner support from her husband for her decision to join this group; and Julia a cheerful OSS liaison. As Anna learns more about the OSS and what they do, the more she longs for a station overseas where she feels she can truly make a difference. The day comes when Anna gets her opportunity to serve as an OSS spy in the French Resistance to help steal critical intelligence that could ultimately turn the tide of the war. Anna quickly discovers that being a spy makes her feel more alive than doing anything else she has ever done in her life and she is also very good at the game! She has found the calling on her life and one that will make a difference and help to liberate France from the shadows of occupation and free her self from the shadows of her former life. This novel is another great read by author Jane Healey!
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I thought the story was good but the pace of it didn’t make sense. Important scenes were rushed while others dragged on.