Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Book Tour of, Josephine Singer Soldier Dancer Spy,
by, Eilidh McGinness, which is being hosted by FFBC !
There is a wonderful Giveaway, So don’t forget to enter at the end of my post!
Josephine: Singer Soldier Dancer Spy
by Eilidh McGinness
Publication 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?
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own
A passionate historical fiction based on the riveting life of famous life of Josephine Baker. Born into a poverty stricken era of segregated America. The beginning of the twentieth century, where the oppression of African Americans escalated across the United States.
Eilidh Macginness, emotionally charged novel that captures the determination of an electrifying woman, who’s rise from poverty to beat the odds and become one of the celebrated charismatic entertainers in Europe. Rising to become one highest-paid performers of her time, Josephine a multitalented, vibrant woman whom did not stifle under prejudices , instead she took charge of her own destiny. Baker flourished as a dancer in several Vaudeville shows, and when the chance opportunity presented its self this head strong woman left everything she knew behind, she traveled to France. Excepting a position in troupe doing a show called, Revue Negre, for the first time Josephine will understand what it is like in a world with no segregation.
Taking Paris by storm, Josephine bask in the limelight as one the most celebrated entertainers in Europe. She blissfully submerges herself into the vibrant hedonistic lifestyle that was available in Paris of the Roaring Twenties. As France, and al of Europe re plunged into another world war, Josephine is determined to protect the Liberty of Equality in her beloved adopted country of France.
She uses her notoriety and fame and becomes an ‘honorable correspondent’ for the French Intelligence Service. A riveting journey, which will take her from the Red Cross Shelters in Paris to the cruel deserts of North Africa. Along the way she will find love and enduring friendship she must also face dangers which will threaten not only her life but all she holds dear…
Eilidh McGinness weaves historical factual details with exquisite fiction together to create a rich portrait of the life of Josephine Baker.
JSDS, is a fascinating, fast-passed novel that I completely devoured. The author The intricately plots a character driven edge of your seat drama. What really stood out for me and what I really loved about this story was McGinness perfect execution of a storyline. The authors seamless narration of the bravery that Josephine exhibited. From her life in the states to ultimately finding the courge under the turbulent circumstances of WWll.
This is my first book from this amazing author, I can’t tell you how much I really enjoyed reading her well crafted book.I am definitely looking forward to reading more from talented author.
Josephine was awarded the Croix de Guerre with palme, and Legion d’Honneur by France and is the only American born woman to have been honoured by the French government with a twenty-one gun salute at her funeral.
I have walked into the palaces of kings and queens and into the houses of presidents. And much more. But I could not walk into a hotel in America and get a cup of coffee, and that made me mad.
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.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, December 30
Review at Books and Zebras
Thursday, January 2
Review at Liberty’s Literary Loves
Friday, January 3
Feature at Comet Readings
Monday, January 6
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Tuesday, January 7
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Wednesday, January 8
Review at Reader then Blogger
Thursday, January 9
Feature at Just One More Chapter
Saturday, January 11
Review at Reading is My Remedy
Monday, January 13
Feature at I’m All About Books
Tuesday, January 14
Feature at BookNook 2020
Wednesday, January 15
Review at Passages to the Past
Thursday, January 16
Interview at Passages to the Past
Friday, January 17
Feature at View from the Birdhouse
Saturday, January 18
Feature at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Sunday, January 19
Review at YA, It’s Lit
Monday, January 20
Review at Nursebookie
During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of Josephine: Singer Soldier Dancer Spy! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.
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