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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,161 ratings  ·  240 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
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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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Suzanne
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating with one badass female protagonist. Alex’s story takes off at a great pace and does not slow throughout. This is a one sitting read that deals with so many themes: war, espionage, tragedy, love and family. Just a very good story by Danielle Steel!
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
Mellie Antoinette
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alexandra Wickham is an ordinary woman living an extraordinary life ... in secret!

This is classic DS complete with her trademark rose-colored glasses/world is your oyster outlook. It was everything I wanted in a light-hearted, pre-Christmas read. In short, a happy reader!
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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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
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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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.
Jeanne
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I appreciate the fact that Danielle Steel likes to go in new directions, but this was not a great direction for her to go. The first half was OK, but when she started to discuss history (Pakistan separating from India, the Cold War in Russia, etc) it really distracted from the story, IMHO. Then she tried to cram about 20 years of story into 20 pages -- if she had cut out the history story, which added little to her plot, and built out the ending a bit more it MIGHT have been better. Not great ...more
Jennie
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A quick read about World War 2. Alexandra is a young lady who decides to join the war effort by driving vehicles in London. Since she is fluent in several languages, she is asked to become a spy for her country. I am sure the way her job was depicted in this book was not true to the way spying really was, but much more glamorous.
Karen Bayer
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes that this book would keep me interested, but it disappointed. I must stop reading her books.
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
MDM
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
While competently written, and carefully executed, “Spy” felt too shallow and summary for its potential. Alex’s story had the potential to be so much more exciting, with her adventures during World War II and its aftermath. As she and her husband travelled as diplomats, I felt like I was being given an outline, rather than being invited into their lives to share the adventure
Bert Z
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked it, I like all of Danielle Steel’s novels, however, I think perhaps Ms Steel is a little in over her head with this one. Trying to include parts of history, it just didn’t feel right from a writer like Steel. She excels when she’s writing about modern contemporary middle aged women, leave this stuff to the Patricia Highsmith’s and the John Le Carre’s of the world.
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
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
Michelle Brust
3.5 stars- I really enjoyed Danielle Steel’s writing style, the story premise, the characters were realistic and enjoyable, I just wish there was more detail in her story.

This novel follows Alex. She is a normal woman growing up right before World War II, the war starts in her early 20’s, so she volunteers to help driving lories and ambulances. She loses both her brothers throughout the war and falls in love with a fighter pilot she meets named Richard. While she was volunteering in London, she
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Carly-Rae London
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Who would suspect a young, blond-haired girl who volunteers at the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry at the break of World War II as a spy? The answer is no one which is why Alexandra Wickham was selected by the SOE to join. She not only fits the physical description of an innocent woman, but she is bright, fluent in many languages and determined. At first, Alex is hesitant to take on such a risky task, but when unexpected heartbreak occurs, she decides to join. Soon after completing training, Alex ...more
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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Pam
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
AUTHOR Steel, Danielle
TITLE Spy
DATE READ 12/26/19
RATING 4.5/B+
FIRST SENTENCE Thinking back on it later, the summer of 1939 was the last "normal" summer Alexandra Wickham remembered.
GENRE/ PUB DATE/PUBLISHER / # OF Fiction/2019/Random House/273 pgs
SERIES/STAND-ALONE SA
CHALLENGE Good Reads 2019 Reading Goal 196/111;
GROUP READ
TIME/PLACE 1939 - 2000/England (France, Germany, India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong Kong, Moscow, Wash DC)
CHARACTERS Alexandra Wickham/ spy
COMMENTS Danielle Steel's
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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
Jade Duxbury
Thank you to Pan Mac for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!

I really enjoyed Spy! We follow Alex over the decades from 1939 in this fast paced novel. It was different than I was expecting but I still thoroughly enjoyed it nevertheless. It was a quick and easy read filled with action, romance, secrets and suspense.

I loved how Alex defied gender stereotypes and was a fierce female lead especially for the time it was set in. I also loved reading how different romance was in the
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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.
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 !
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
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.
Brenda
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Classic DS :) Well researched, interesting, page turner! WWII setting, female spy, continuing on for many years after the war. Through generations and across countries, this story is intricately woven with suspense and interesting details. Not you typical war story!
Laura Kelly
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Simple. Boring. I love historical fiction books, but this was not one of them. The idea was good, but did not go into enough depth about the story and seemed rushed. Danielle Steel needs to keep with romance novels.
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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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