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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  485 ratings  ·  104 reviews
A young woman is caught up in a dangerous double life on behalf of her country during World War II in Danielle Steel's thrilling new novel.

At eighteen, Alexandra Wickham is presented to King George V and Queen Mary in an exquisite white lace and satin dress her mother has ordered from Paris. With her delicate blond looks, she is a stunning beauty who seems destined for a
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 26th 2019 by Delacorte Press
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Carrie
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Spy by Danielle Steel is a World War II historical fiction novel that covers the thrilling life of one young British aristocrat that completely changed her future when the war hit England. The book spans across decades following it’s main character, Alexandra Wickham, through her adventurous lifetime.

Alexandra came from a loving family with her two older brothers and parents who only wanted the best for her which of course in her time meant a good marriage. However, in 1939 when Alexandra should
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MicheleReader
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Spy very much. The story of a young British aristocrat spending WWII as a spy for the SOE and then her life as an MI6 spy living around the globe during important times in each country’s history proved interesting. I found her life and missions during WWII the most intriguing as her time spent in India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong Kong, Moscow and Washington, DC seemed to fly by. It covered a lot of ground for a book under 300 pages and therefore, each section after WWII did not dig very ...more
Lili
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I’ve honestly never read anything by Danielle Steel, because I associate her with mass market paperback romances from the 1980s. And that’s definitely not in my reader wheelhouse. However, when I saw that her latest novel was historical fiction about a female intelligence agent in World War II, that was so soundly in my reader wheelhouse that it was irrational to ignore it. Not only did I want to read it, I jumped it to the top of my reading queue.

This novel was actually a sweeping family epic
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Lynn Horton
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Compared to the other historical fiction I read (and I just finished. Furst’s Under Occupation), Spy is pretty elementary. Steele’s writing is very basic, and the story isn’t atmospheric at all. There’s so much “telling” and not “showing” that I cringed.

When Steele and Taylor Bradford were up-and-coming novelists, I was too busy with family and business to read much fiction, so I didn’t read them then. I read my first Taylor Bradford this year and wasn’t impressed. The writing was much like
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Denise Breen
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was excited to read this one at first because it was a historical fiction story. I was disappointed because there was no depth to the story. The story is about a young girl from a good English family that goes to work in London during WWII and ends up becoming a spy. While there are details about her adventures, they don't go into real depth and I felt like I was reading a summary, not an actual book.
Jypsy
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spy is a good piece of historical fiction. Alex is from the British aristocracy, but she ends up as a spy during WWII. I like the fact that an unusual choice of character is involved in espionage. The story follows this woman through happiness, sorrow, celebration and loss, and it has all the feels. It's an overarching portrait of a life lived by one woman. I found it though provoking and immersive. I definitely recommend for fans of Danielle Steel. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for ...more
Denise Hershberger
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating book! WWII espionage is quite intriguing and it wasn't a hard decision to read this book.

I really loved Alex's linguistic abilities. Her ability to be fluent in so many languages was so interesting. Especially since some of them weren't easy languages.

At times I felt the book repeated itself a little, and some of the chapters got a little long winded on details that I didn't care about. But overall this was an excellent book.

It is always interesting to read about
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Tiffany Foskey
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
D.S. has done it again!!!!!!!!! Spy has her signature comforting style of writing that makes you fall in love with her characters and keep you reading till the last page. Alex is a young woman who becomes a spy in the war and starts a fifty- something years career. She has some dangerous missions and some easy ones. Her job takes her all over the world and we follow right along with her. Thank you to Netgalley and Random house Publishing for my honest review
Donna Hines
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Danielle Steel has written a superbly crafted piece with Spy showcasing her talent and solidifying her role as the best writer of her time.
Alexandra our main character has so much charm, charisma, and fierceness.
I love strong woman and in this case Alexandra is leading a double life with good reason.
She is going behind enemy lines for a job that many never thought she would do nor could do but she proved them all wrong.
She originally volunteered with the Yeomanry to help the war effort in
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AURORE
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Danielle Steele has done it again!!! D.S is my all time favorite Author and I basically grew up on her books and you can imagine my excitement when I was granted access to read her latest book before publishing. I danced and danced because this woman is one of the reasons I fell deeply in love with Historicals and Historical fiction remains my BEST GENRE TILL DATE.

SPY has her signature comforting style of writing that makes you fall in love with her characters and keep you reading till the last
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Kym Jones
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Danielle Steel is at it again! This book is absolutely PHENOMENAL!! For me, this book ranks among Jewels, Zoya, Kaleidoscope, Thurston House, Family Album, and Message From Nam as one of Ms. Steele's best female leading, and driven stories, though there are still a few more that rank among the best books, such as Changes, Palomino, Daddy, Fine Things, Star, Full Circle, and The Ranch. This book will play every emotion you have, and leave you feeling like you were wrung through the wringer, but ...more
Darla
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The saga of Alex and her 30 years as a spy for Great Britain in the SOE and MI6 had so much potential. She undertook numerous missions behind enemy lines in WW II. As the wife of an ambassador, she was able to report back to MI6 from India (during Partition), Morocco, Hong Kong, and Russia (during the Cold War). Alex is a very likable character and her desire to serve her country comes through loud and clear. I just did not feel emotionally engaged in her story for much of the narrative. It just ...more
ROBIN RUIZ
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alexandria leads a privileged life, when war breaks out. Since both her brothers enlisted , she volunteers , more content to help her country , the marry and settle down.
This starts the journey of Alex. She’s recruited to be a spy and so begins her decades of work.
All while marrying and raising a child and relocating and having a front seat to history in the making !

I am surprised by home much I enjoyed this book. And I definitely recommend it !
Erin
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Danielle Steel is iconic. Women flock to her shelves and eagerly await her latest fiction offering. I read them, but I don't usually enjoy the contemporary ones as much as I like the historical novels. Spy is an historical set amid WW2 and the aftermath. I really enjoyed it. It was a comfortable read that had drama, intrigue, and a nicely wrapped up ending.
Diane Saul
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. This is the story of a young English girl during WW2 who becomes a spy for England. This follows her career and personal life thru the years. It was an enjoyable read, although the 2nd half of the book seemed to drag a bit. It held my interest, although I did skim a few parts in the last half of the book. I felt the characters could have been better developed, but if you are looking for a book that will entertain and hold your interest this book will fill that role. Thank ...more
Mary-reeta Mcgrade
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Again Danielle Steel doesn't disappoint. Spy is more of a historical fiction which is a bit different for Danielle Steel and is well written. The main character is an aristocratic young lady,Alex, who becomes a spy during World War ll. We follow Alex through her family happiness and despair,her love life,her duties as a spy, and her future. This book had me crying and I was disappointed when it ended,(I wanted more). Another must read book.
Galia
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
TJ
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed Danielle Steel’s books before and was so looking forward to this historical venue. Unfortunately, this was not one of my favorites.
This story starts out with a bang while we get acquainted with Alex, Richard, her brothers and their contributions to the war. This is not the first book I’ve read on the recruiting of women for specific jobs and espionage activities during WWII and it is amazing these women stepped up to the plate and accomplished so much. I really enjoyed the first
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Debra Dowling
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! I am a huge fan of Danielle Steel and have to say, this is probably my favorite book yet.
During WWII, much of Britain was enlisting, and families were being torn apart from the effects of war. Alex, went into London to work, and with her proficiency to speak multiple languages, found herself recruited to be a spy. Loving both the adrenaline surge and the experience, Alex excelled at what she did, and continued her work well after the war was over. She met and married a man, Richard,
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Mandi F
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good, I finished it in two days! I would definitely rate it as one of the top five books of 2019!

I admire Alexandra Wickham because she is this strong independent woman who doesn’t want to settle down and have kids like the rest of the girls her age during World War 2 but instead wants to have a part in the war effort first with the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and then as a SPY. I like her brothers Geoff and William,. Geoff I thought was modern but also conservative. He wanted
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Christina Hutt
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read Danielle Steel books since I was a teenager. The last dozen books or so have felt like either she was rambling and repeating herself over and over OR the book seemed rushed. This book is old school Danielle Steel. This is the story of Alexandra Wickman. She lived a life of privilege, being presented in Queen Mary's Court. Then Hitler came to power and Alex, along with her two brothers, William and Geoff, join the fight against Germany. Alex volunteers in the First Aid Nursing ...more
Penny
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Danielle Steele's book, Spy. This is the story of a young woman who lives a double life as a secret agent, fighting for her country during World War II. I loved the way Danielle Steele described the different places that the character visits, India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong King, Moscow and finally, Washington DC. Though this is a story of intrigue, it is also a romantic story that follows four generations. I'm glad that she did not end the story when the war ended, ...more
Donna
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always Danielle Steel has not let me down. I love her books because the stories are so eclectic.
This book, which begins just before World War II, combines a story of family values with historical annotations.
It tells the story of Alexandra Wickham, a young English woman who travels to London to assist with the war efforts as a volunteer with the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. Both of her brothers have already enlisted as pilots and she also wants to do her duty to King & Country. When a
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Peppy
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have not read a Danielle Steel novel in ages. In the past, I found her books to be somewhat lacking in substance and in the realm of mass market fiction. I am a lover of historical fiction and after reading the synopsis of Spy, thought I’d give it a whirl. I am glad I did. This novel is well written and is well researched. Spy is a rewarding and enjoyable read.
In 1939, Alex Wickham is a young woman who comes from a patriotic upper class British family and has led a life of privilege. After
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Eddy Yang
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Spy Novel That Made Me Cried

This book deserves to be 2019’s best book of the year. Spy by Danielle Steel is such a well written, detailed, and page-turner novel. It’s about a young woman named Alexandra Wickham who volunteer to serve in World War 2, she was given the choice to become a spy and forever change her life. The book is filled with action-pack adventure, humor, romance, and is especially a super tearjerker. Get ready for one heck of a read and have tissues at the side.

Danielle
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Kookie9200
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book.

FINALLY! Steel is at her best when she writes a historical fiction novel! I loved this book! It was like reading the Danielle Steel of old, with a strong, brave female lead that takes on challenges.

Alex is 23 when WWII begins. She goes into London to help with the war effort, and to her surprise, is soon picked up to be a spy. She is strong, and heroic. Clever and articulate. Brave. Even through loss, she learns her
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Melanie
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Of course Danielle Steele has done it again and with a very different take on this one. I have not read too many historical romance novels from Danielle Steel but this one proves that she has a wide variety of genre's that she can write. I thought this one was very well thought out and planned and kept your attention very well.

Alexandra decided as a young woman that she was going to volunteer when the war broke out because her two brothers joined the war and she wanted to do something as well.
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Mary
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Danielle Steel’s new novel, Spy, opens with Alexandra Wickham and her family anticipating the start of World War II in Great Britain. When war does break out, her two brothers join the Royal Air Force and Alex goes to London to volunteer for the war effort. Shortly after she meets a RAF fighter pilot commander, Richard, that she is interested in, Alex is recruited to be a spy for the SOE. No one, including her family and Richard, can know that she is a spy and she agrees not to tell anyone for ...more
Unseen Library
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Spy from Pan Macmillan Australia to review.

Rating of 4.25.

From the mind of the fourth-bestselling author of all time, drama and romance novelist supreme Danielle Steel, comes an excellent and compelling story about life, war and espionage that is really worth checking out.

Alexandra Wickham is the youngest child of a well-to-do British family living out on their estate in the country. A beautiful and intelligent young lady, Alex appears to be set for a life of privilege and
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Rachel
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spy by Danielle Steel is an excellent historical fiction novel that introduces us to the intriguing character of Alexandra (Alex) Wickham. It almost reads as a biography of sorts and begins when Alex is a teen growing up with her parents and brothers in Hampshire, England beginning around 1939.
The book proceeds to give us an unraveling of a fascinating life that unfolds for Alex through the years of WWII and her eventual involvement with SOE, her missions and day to day life during that time,
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Since 1981, Ms. Steel has been a permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. In 1989, she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having at least one of her books on the Times bestseller list for 381 consecutive weeks. But Guinness was premature. The fact is that one or more of Ms. Steel's novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list for ...more
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