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Atomic Love

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  8,071 ratings  ·  1,073 reviews
Love. Desire. Betrayal. Her choice could save a nation.

Chicago, 1950. Rosalind Porter has always defied expectations--in her work as a physicist on the Manhattan Project and in her passionate love affair with colleague Thomas Weaver. Five years after the end of both, her guilt over the bomb and her heartbreak over Weaver are intertwined. She desperately misses her work in
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Jennie Fields While the book isn't based on the life story of one character, there were characters which inspired the book. Leona Woods was the only female physicis…moreWhile the book isn't based on the life story of one character, there were characters which inspired the book. Leona Woods was the only female physicist and the youngest member of the University of Chicago Manhattan Project team who created the first Atomic reaction. Theodore Hall was a University of Chicago team member who sold secrets to the Russians. Though it was proven through breaking Russian coded messages, he was never arrested since they didn't want the Russians to know their messaging system was compromised. When the information was declassified in 1995, his story came to light. My characters are in the position of these people but each of their stories is fictional.(less)

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Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rosalind Porter, 30, is an extremely clever young woman, so much so that she works on the Manhattan Project with Enrico Fermi. She has a love affair with British scientist Thomas Wheeler who ultimately lets her down and gets her sacked from the work she loves. Why? It is now 1950 and she’s working at Marshall Fields in Chicago retailing antique jewellery. She’s becomes aware she’s being followed though he’s not very good partly because he’s so darned tall! This proves to be FBI Agent Charlie Szy ...more
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by Siobhan Jones

When I was young, I spent a lot of time thinking about spies (like all kids who spend more time with books than with friends, I had a lot of niche fixations). Many of the nonfiction accounts of spying tried to dispel the idea that the job isn’t nearly as sexy as the movies make it out to be. Well. All I have to say about that is that while I begrudgingly accept this claim, it won’t stop me from wholeheartedly enjoying suspenseful Cold War stories full of double agent
♥ Sandi ❣
4 stars Thanks to G.P. Putnam's Sons and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this ARC Publishes August 18, 2020

I am not one who likes to read books dealing with sabotage or espionage - the mystery in that just does not appeal to me. This book however does deal with espionage, and although a major issue in the book, it actually takes a backseat to the characters. In addition, I am not a great romance reader, either. This book does have romance, but is built into the plot in a way that it
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Chicago, 1950. Rosalind Porter worked as a physicist on the Manhattan Project. And that’s what attracted me to this story. After the war, once men were back, she was no longer needed. On this previous job, she met Thomas Weaver. A man she deeply fell in love with and hasn’t seen him for four years.

With the love for science, she’s trying to find a new science job, but it’s a struggle to find a science job for a woman. At the same time, Charles Szydlo, an FBI agent, approaches her and asks her to
Atomic Love by Jennie Fields is a historical novel set in 1950’s Chicago just after the second world war. Rosalind Porter is a physicist was involved in the Manhattan Project the development of the atom bomb; she is feeling guilty for all the people that died because of it. Her Lover Thomas Wheeler is also with the project. But he leaves her and makes her lose her job at the project.
Years later she sells jewellery at a department store. Far cry from the scientist she used to be. When she meets
Kate Niestrom
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: botm-picks
This book was ridiculous. If I had been scrolling through an Amazon or Goodreads booklist, I probably never would have deigned to read something as woefully trite as a book titled "Atomic Love," but as one of Book of the Month's August picks, I decided to trust it. It didn't impress.

The main character is a female scientist named Rosalind who was the sole woman working on the infamous "Manhattan Project" that developed and deployed the atomic bomb in World War II. Unfortunately, her slimy ex-boy
Louise Wilson
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Chacigo, 1950. Rosalind Porter had always defied expectations in her work as a physicist on the Manhattan Project and in her passionate love affair with colleague, Thomas Weaver. Rosalind is now working behind a jewelry counter. Weaver had destroyed her life and ambitions when he made sure that she lost her job.

FBI Agent Charlie Szydlo is looking to trace Weaver back to the war years to see if he had been supplying the Russians with US war secrets. Charlie asks Rosalind if she can get close to
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
I knew this was more romance than historical/women’s fiction going in so that doesn’t bother me as much as it seems to bother other reviewers. However, while I do like romances as palate cleansers this did not do it for me. It is just too sappy and cheesy and melodramatic and emotional (“Her bones feel phosphorescent as she reflects on [his] touch, his kiss, his presence.” No idea what that even means. My bones have never felt phosphorescent.) So much repetitive description of Rosalind’s creamy ...more
Jennie Fields
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is a book I've wanted to write for a long time. First, I very much wanted to tell a story about a female scientist in an era when few women were scientists. My mother was a scientist at the University of Chicago after WWII, and gave up her career when she married, something most women did in that era. It was a decision that haunted her the rest of her life.

Another thing that drew me to this tale was that my mother's cousin, who was also her best friend worked at the mysterious 'Metallurgic
Aug 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Bad dialogue, weird story, unsatisfying finish. Wish they gave Rosalind, as the main character, more of a sense of agency. We are told she is a brilliant scientist but not once does she put any of that skill/knowledge to use. Her primary role for the entire course of the book is damsel in distress - waiting on a man (does not matter which one) to show up and solve her problems for her.
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've always been a fan of historical fiction, so when Book of the Month offered this one I jumped on it. Set in 1950s Chicago, there was something so refreshing about reading a Cold War novel about a female scientist who finds herself not only wrapped up in a case revolving around Russian operatives, but also a love triangle. This book was a little slow in the beginning but once it got started and all the characters were introduced, I found it hard to put down. I also enjoyed the feminist undert ...more
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I totally enjoyed reading this, although it did get a bit silly and gloopy, especially towards the end. But I took it as a fun read and am not going to nitpick anything too much. Not quite 4 stars for me, but fun.
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's 1950, and in Chicago, Rosalind "Roz" Porter, an ingenious scientist who worked on The Manhattan Project and who had overseen the development of the atomic bomb through its various stages, is trying to move on from the fog of war. Thomas Weaver, a coworker and an immigrant from Britain, broke her heart when the war ended and combined with the intense, pervading guilt she feels for her role in creating the bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Roz is struggling to come to terms w ...more
I received a complimentary copy of this eBook ARC e-galley from the author, Penguin Random House, and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rosalind Porter loves her job as a scientist. When the war ends and her career is ruined by the man who broke her heart, Rosalind is stuck working at the jewelry department at a department store. Now Weaver is back ready to make amends. Can Rosalind forgive him or will she become a spy for the FBI and ruin his life forever? Read on and find out for your
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
The wind whips your hair, loosening it from its restraint. You stand on the hillside and look out, a plume of smoke taking over. The ashes trail along in the breeze, a faint hint of smoke tickles your nose. The destruction in front of you is your fault. You created it. You unleashed a fury you can never take back.

Later as you walk the non-existent streets of the aftermath, you see the horrible scene you have painted. The scar you have etched into the earth is ugly. No soul is left breathing, no
Alice Mcalexander
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I normally just don’t rate books I dislike , but this one masquerading as women’s empowerment while acting as if a woman isn’t special unless she has a fancy job, using tropes like, “beautiful and she doesn’t know it,” and filled with truly the cringiest depictions of love merited one. Yuck.

Ban the phrase, “just a housewife.”
Louise Wilson
Chicago, 1950. Rosalind Porter had always defied expectations in her work as a physicist on the Manhattan Project and in her passionate love affair with colleague, Thomas Weaver. Rosalind is now working behind a jewelry counter. Weaver had destroyed her life and ambitions when he made sure that she lost her job.

FBI Agent Charlie Szydlo is looking to trace Weaver back to the war years to see if he had been supplying the Russians with US war secrets. Charlie asks Rosalind if she can get close to W
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I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for a candid review. This review does not contain spoilers.

Atomic Love Has All the Subtlety of its Title

Five years after her work on the Manhattan Project and her romance with fellow scientist Thomas Weaver ended in catastrophe, Rosalind Porter, the heroine of Atomic Love, lives in Chicago and works behind a jewelry counter. At the request o
Amy Robertson
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Atomic Love, by Jennifer Fields, was the story of Rosalind and her quest for science. Rosalind was once an important physicist assigned a top secret position on the Manhattan Project. In a world full of men and war, Roz meets Weaver, a fellow scientist, and falls in love. Weaver is her first serious relationship, but soon becomes her arch nemesis. Weaver destroyed her life and ambitions by seeing that she lost the position she held so dear.

Enter FBI agent Charlie, many years post war. Charlie is
Laura Hill
Thank you to Penguin Group and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on August 18th, 2020.

Writing: 2/5 Plot: 3/5 Characters: 3/5

Historical fiction in the post WWII era — espionage, a love triangle, a strong and imtelligent female lead. The author endorsements are impressive — Ann Patchett, Delia Owens, Rebecca Wells, B.A. Shapiro … I was drawn in because our heroine — Rosalind Porter — is a physicist who worked on the Ma
Tracy Frenette
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, historical fiction and romance and a bit of a thriller as well. A story about love, war, a bomb's and the FBI. ...more
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Don't let the cheesy title fool you - ATOMIC LOVE is an intriguing tale of the after effects of the Manhattan Project and the Russians in the race to have atomic weapons of their own. It's full of espionage, double-crossing, and the FBI - and would make a wonderful miniseries, in my opinion. Jennie Fields has an adept way of creating believable, three-dimensional characters. I was caught up in this novel the whole time and loved the setting of my hometown, Chicago. ...more
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Female physicist, Rosalind Porter, has a passionate love affair with colleague, Thomas Weaver, while collaborating on the Manhattan Project. After the A-bomb is dropped, their relationship implodes. When the two meet again several years later, more bombshells are dropped involving love, deceit, betrayal, espionage and an FBI agent haunted by his past. Excellent read!
Sheila A.
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Jennie Fields

An unusual angle for what is a historical romantic thriller resulting in a superb story that grips from the first page.
Rosalind is a highly intelligent nuclear scientist who now works in a jewellers shop in Chicago. She is lonely and bored and devastated that Wheeler, who had been the love of her life betrayed her.
Rosalind was a superb student and was the only woman in her section of the Manhattan Project where they created the Atomic Bomb. When Rosalins saw the dev
Dave Wheeler
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in Chicago in 1950 not long after the Second World War (obviously) Rosalind is still feeling guilty about her work in the creation of the nuclear bomb that maimed and kill so many. She is also still not over the rejection of her lover who not only dumped her but also got her fired from the job she loved, which is also the one that helped create the bomb so strange emotions all around.
But don't think this is a dreary read or anything like that, it's a thriller that thrills but also a love sto
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Atomic Love is superb. A clever intersection of character driven historical spy fiction with science and delicate relationships. It meets a lots of expectations and tackles issues which were highly relevant in the 1950s and are perhaps even more relevant today; woman in science.

It moves along with incredible pace but maintains a grounded realism throughout. With plenty of intrigue and red herrings to keep you guessing, this one will keep you up and guessing into the night.

With thanks to Netgal
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much that I read it in two sittings. What a great premise--a woman scientist from the Manhattan Project asked to spy on her former lover who may be a Russian informant. Rosalind is a courageous, vulnerable, passionate heroine who must explore her personal loyalties when what she decides can affect the safety of her country . . . and the world. And Charlie, the FBI agent assigned to persuade her to revisit her affair with the man who betrayed her, makes the kind of hero a lot ...more
Jenny Jo Weir
Disclaimer: I love war books and I'm a sucker for romance stories, so...yes, I'm probably being biased. I think this books was amazing! Was it the best I've ever read? No, but let me tell you, it has it all: spies, mystery, love, intrigue, adversary, and more. I also thought the whole "reason" was a good one, so that was a bonus. ...more
Jessica Hanson
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!
Emily VanderBent
May 15, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 ⭐️

Atomic Love was a good read. It was a bit of a slow build and took me a while to get into, but as the plot began to unfold I understood the purpose of the all pieces before and could appreciate them for what they were. I enjoyed the historic aspects, the various elements of Chicago life and the thread of espionage woven throughout the story, but the book as a whole was vastly different from what I expected it to be. After reading it, I would characterize it more as a romance with threads
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