About the Book
Josephine: Singer Soldier Dancer Spy by Eilidh McGinnessPublication Date: December 1, 2019 eBook & Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
Josephine Baker is born into poverty in racially segregated America. Desperate to escape she flees to France where she embraces the hedonistic lifestyle on offer for those who dare, in the Paris of the Roaring Twenties. Hitler’s rise to power in Germany forces her to face her true self. Determined to protect the Liberty Equality and Fraternity she has found in France, she becomes an ‘honorable correspondent’ for the French Secret Service. So, beginning a journey which will take her from the Red Cross Shelters in Paris to the cruel deserts of North Africa. She will find love and enduring friendship but she must also face dangers which will threaten not only her life but all she holds dear…..Can she find the courage to fight for what she believes in….no matter what the cost?
So, as soon as I started reading this story I realized that I need to learn more about history as Josephine was an amazingly real person. My brain vaguely remembered the story, and the more I read the more I remembered. But of course I did go to google and fully read up on the history. But enough on how this book broke my brain by giving me deja vu, let me just say it was an amazing book!
The writing in this book was perfect for the story! Everything was quick and to the point, but there was also plenty of detail provided where needed. For me this style of writing fit Josephine so well. She was such a fluid and vivacious person, so I wouldn’t imagine her to focus on the “unimportant” aspects of life. With this being said, I found the writing to mirror how I would think Josephine would go through life.
But dang, this woman was wild and amazing! The things she accomplished and the horrors she walked through showed just how strong of a woman she was. It’s amazing to think of this as a real story because everything seems so unimaginable to an ordinary person. As the title suggests, Josephine did not only have one aspect of herself, she was a: singer, a soldier, a dancer, and a spy.
About the AuthorEilidh was born and brought up in the Highlands of Scotland. She studied law at Aberdeen University. She practiced as a lawyer for twelve years, latterly specializing in criminal defense. Eilidh then moved to South West France with her then husband and four children. She established an independent estate agency business which she ran for twelve years before concentrating on writing- a long held dream. Eilidh has always been fascinated by history and ordinary people who achieve extraordinary things.
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