1939, Berlin, Cambridge, Paris, California. The world is in the grips of a terrible war. Can two young women change the course of history?
As war is declared in Europe, shy young Judy Morgan finishes her studies in Physics at Cambridge University. She never thought she’d be friends with someone as beautiful and glamorous as Hedy Lamarr, a young Jewish woman who has fled the Nazis, but Judy can’t ignore her brilliance.
It is a time when women are expected to stay at home, but as bombs tear apart the country she loves, Judy knows she must act. With Judy’s unparalleled knowledge of how the world works, and Hedy’s flair for invention, Judy is sure they can find a way to keep their loved ones safe.
But in war, impossible decisions must be made, unthinkable sacrifices must be suffered, and their work puts them in grave danger.
As they journey down a dark, uncertain path together, Judy realises her next step could tear their friendship apart. But the fate of the world is in her hands. Tragedy is inevitable, but can Judy solve the puzzle she has set herself, save millions, and put an end to this terrible war?
Fans of The Nightingale and Beneath a Scarlet Sky will love this unputdownable, heartbreaking but uplifting novel. Based on two true stories of amazing ‘hidden women’ who altered the fate of the Second World War, this unforgettable novel about extraordinary courage, love and sacrifice proves the power of friendship even in the darkest hours of history.
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“Unforgettable… A heartbreaking tale of two women who struggled to be recognised… An epic tale of their friendship, their resilience, courage and strength… Fascinating… Perfect for fans of historical wartime fiction.” Confessions of a Bookaholic
A wonderful book.
I don't often write reviews for books I read and even though I can count on the fingers on one hand those few reviews, I felt emboldened to do so for this book. It truly was a marvelous read, wonderfully written and engrossing. I hated when I reached the end. I wept tears several times, especially at the end. Thank you for your talented writing. I have read all of your books thus far and they were all wonderful and hope to read any future books you write. Thank you again.
Wonderful historical fiction….must read
Judy Morgan recently graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Physics. Judy meets Hedy Lamarr a Jewish woman who fled Austria, to escape from the grips of the looming war, and is trying to get to America. They meet in London, just before World War II begins. They quickly become friends and they both want to use their talents to change the world and make it a better place. Their paths cross over and over again in America, London and Pearl Harbor. The bonds of friendship that they develop is sure to see them through the tragedy of war. This true story was such a tear jerker. I found myself crying with them and being inspired by their hope. This heartwarming story is sure to be a favorite for historical fiction lovers. This is an amazing and fantastic read. The vivid details portrayed by the author pulls you so deep into the story that you feel like you are walking next to the characters.
Thank you Suzanne Kelman for such a phenomenal unputdownable story. I truly enjoyed every bit of this book. A definite favorite of mine and an absolute must read. I thoroughly loved it! I highly recommend this book.