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Glamour, treachery, and espionage collide when an English socialite rushes to save her sister from the Nazis.

As the daughter of Sir Alfred Whitford, Kat has a certain set of responsibilities. But chasing her wayward sister, Ellie, to Nazi-occupied Paris was never supposed to be one of them. Now accustomed to the luxurious lifestyle that her Nazi boyfriend provides, Ellie
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Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Thomas Nelson
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    Melissa Tagg
    Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Oh my goodness, why can I not give this book more than five stars? Holy. Moly. I pretty much adored everything about it—the beautiful writing, the witty dialogue, the romance (), the way I was instantly plunged into the time period and setting...I could NOT stop reading. The plot moved along perfectly—lots of action, but also moments when things slowed down enough for us to get a deeper glimpse of Kat and Barrett's hearts and minds, backstories and fears. I truly loved everything about this book ...more
    Carrie Turansky
    With dramatic intrigue and inspiring romance, The Socialite, will delight readers looking for the next World War Two novel. The unique characters, riveting plot, and sparkling prose bring 1940s Paris to life. Well done and highly recommended.
    Rachel McMillan
    In the tradition of Ariel Lawton and Kate Quinn, The Socialite immerses readers in the glamour and destruction of Nazi Occupied Paris. Featuring two sisters whose travails and triumphs recall the cinematic real life story of the Mitford family, the book is a portal into a world at times opulent and deadly as two people bound by conscience navigate the grey waters of the City of Light in its bleakest hour of darkness. A picture perfect portrait of early 1940s Paris, this impeccably researched ...more
    Katie
    Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book was an exceptional read. Any lover of historical fiction will truly love this book! From page one you’re sucked into the time period, the storyline and the characters themselves. With a good dash of romance and the turmoil of 1940s/WW2 Paris, this story has it all and then some. I rank this book as one of my top reads for 2020 already and don’t see many other being able to compete.
    MicheleReader
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The Socialite is a worthwhile historical fiction WWII novel filled with intrigue and romance. It’s 1941 and socialite Ellie Whitford has escaped the confines of her upper crust British upbringing and is living the life of luxury in German occupied Paris madly in love with a Nazi, Major Eric von Schlegal. Dependable and straight-laced Katherine “Kat” heads to Paris determined to rescue her sister who she finds enjoying the life of luxury and her independence from their family. Kat enlists the aid ...more
    Janet
    Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it

    When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

    I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

    Glamour, treachery, and
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    Jess Combs
    Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I received this book for free from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    So I was browsingNetGalleyand had been in a historical fiction kind of mood when I saw the cover forThe Socialiteby J’nell Ciesielski. I don’t know what it was, but I fell in love with that cover and knew I’d be requesting it no matter what it was about! (This is a super bad habit I’m finding myself doing way too often lately.) I’m actually thinking about doing a monthly series
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    Annette
    Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: books-read-2020
    A book about two sisters set during WW2. I enjoyed the story and the characters. I thought the book rambled a bit but it did keep my interest. It’s a nice romance book! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy
    Meghan
    Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: library
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

    Wow this book was really intense and it made me love it even more. This book had drama, action and betrayal in every page that you read. I have never been more engaged in a book as The Socialite. Kat and Ellie are daughters of Sir Alfred Whitford and that comes with responsibilities. Kat looks up to it and sticks to it, while Ellie is a rebel and wants to be
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    Floraljoy
    Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A gripping tale with danger around every corner:
    What a thought provoking and amazing book! It revealed the complexities of war and the bravery of those willing to stand up and fight for what they believed in. Kat comes from a well-to-do and privileged background yet she is willing to risk it all to save her spoilt and misguided younger sister. She is pulled into the dark and dangerous world of espionage and the French Resistance; luckily she has charming Barrett to guide and protect her. As they
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    Rachel
    Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The Socialite by J’nell Ciesielski is an excellent historical fiction novel. This book literally has it all: history, romance, adventure, passion, and has definitely drawn me into its pages from beginning to end.

    Yes, this is a WWII era book, but this book has so much more. It sets itself apart from the rest in several ways:

    1. The plot itself (which you can read from the synopsis) is actually interesting and unique.

    2. Kat and Barrette are excellent main characters. Their personalities, histories,
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    Gail Herrmann
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I really enjoyed this story of a British socialite's journey into Nazi occupied France to save her sister. The plot was interesting and unique. There was romance and suspense and unseen twists and turns. Thank to Net Galley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
    Meghan Carver
    Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
    World War II is a fascinating time to study, and in this story, it creates the conflict between the hero and heroine. If not for the heroine’s sister running away to France, I doubt the heroine and hero would have even met. The war was a tragic time in our world history that layers veils of tragedy and worry and unimaginable sadness to the characters.

    A lot of what we learn about the heroine is through her thoughts of her sister. Her younger sister is flighty and impulsive and obsessed with
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    Kate Dellavecchia
    Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Thank you, NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for this ARC of The Socialite, which was provided in exchange for my honest review.

    Set in Nazi-occupied Paris during Word War II, upper-crust Englishwoman Kathleen (Kat) Whitford embarks upon a rescue mission to wrench her sister, Ellie, from the inner circle of the Nazi elite. Finding Ellie involved with a high ranking officer, Kat and Barrett Anderson, a Scottish ex-pat and Resistance operative, have their work cut out for them as they plan how to
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    Anne
    Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The Socialite
    by J'nell Ciesielski
    This author was new to me but historical fiction of WW11 is not. I enjoyed this book as it had me thinking of the story of Esther in the Bible, for such a time as this.
    Sisters Ellie and Kat could not be more different. Ellie runs away from the rigid life of society and into a risky relationship with a Nazi officer. Dutiful her sister Kat follows to save her sister from occupied France. Ellie is living in a fantasy world and Kat realizes their situation is not
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    Donna
    Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This story, set amid WWII Nazi occupied France, is about two sisters. The story is of a British socialite who travels to France to save her sister who is happily living with a Nazi and doesn't want to be saved. She then becomes involved with the resistance.
    We follow the sisters as they mingle in Nazi high society. This book has it all, romance, intrigue, danger, suspence. I highly recommend this book. I found it difficult to put down.
    Thank to Net Galley, Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for this
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    Becky
    Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book is my first foray into J'Nell Ciesielski's writings, and I don't think it will be my last.

    Kat Whitford has been charged by her father to go to occupied Paris and bring her sister, Ellie, home. Ellie was known to be often in the company of a German Officer, and because of her father's position within the government, Ellie knew too many secrets that the officer could mine from her. It was imperative for Kat to be successful in bringing Ellie home. To hedge his bets, Sir Alfred Whitford
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    Diane Secchiaroli
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from netgalley. My comments are entirely my own. The book starts out as though it is not yet completed and needs revisions. However as you get into the book it starts to flow better. The story takes place in Paris during WWll. It involves two sisters one (Eleanor) who has run away from home and is living with a Nazi (Eric) and the second sister (Kat) who has come from England to “rescue” her. Ellie (Eleanor) is living the life of a socialite and has ...more
    Allison Van Rhee
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
    It was interesting to see resistance from inside the “inner circle” of the Nazis but the historical fiction aspect fell a little flat for me. It was really my investment in the romance that kept me reading and even then I wasn’t fully invested until past the halfway mark.

    I would have liked to see more details of the glitz and glamor described in the blurb. You wouldn’t even know it’s set in Paris unless you had read it in the blurb.

    The one thing I just could not get over was how often the main
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    Amy Dohmen
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Once I started reading this book, I found it difficult to put down. I especially enjoyed the covert operations set during the rise of the Third Reich. The story really manifested the lavish lifestyles of German higher-ups as opposed to the poverty they left in their wake. There were times the romance element outshined everything else. Since I'm more of an action/history person I would have preferred more of a downplayed romance, but I realize I'm in the minority here. Most people absolutely love ...more
    Shirley
    Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Saving my sister from the Nazi

    "The Socialite" is a book filled with suspense, adventure and life and death choices. It is the story of love between two sisters and the romance between those sisters and their men on different sides of the political scene. Ellie is in love with a Nazi officer and Kat falls in love with a Scottish resistance fighter named Barrett.

    Kat travels from England to Paris to rescue her sister Ellie who has run away and is now living with a Nazi officer name Eric. Kat must
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    Jan 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
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    Nancy
    Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
    I am quite conflicted in my response to this book. It occasionally felt over-wrought with emotion and too predictable in its descriptions of the over-confident and arrogant invading Nazis. And yet, there is the need to “never forget” and the descriptions of their atrocious behavior are perhaps necessary to keep the memory alive.

    The love stories at the heart of this book were compelling and I loved the evolution of the title character from haughty aristocrat to feisty fighter. Overall, I enjoyed
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    Carol Perreault
    Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This is the story of 2 sisters in France during WW2. One sister is sent by their father from England to bring the other sister home from Paris, where she is involved with a Nazi officer, who's wining and dining her with hopes that she will use her family's influence to get more support in England for Germany. The sister sent does not know, however, that her father also hired a Resistance operator to help her save her sister. Read the story...
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    With a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages and the Maggie Award, she is a Florida native who ...more
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