Monday, September 28, 2020

Book Review with a Giveaway: Spies & Sweethearts by Linda Shenton Matchett


About the Book

Book: Spies & Sweethearts
Author: Linda Shenton Matchett
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: April 15, 2020

A secret mission. A fake bride. A run for their lives.

According to the OSS training manual, the life expectancy of a radio operator in Nazi-occupied France is six weeks. Partnered with one of the agency’s top spies, Gerard Lucas, newly-minted agent Emily Strealer plans to beat those odds. Then their cover is blown and all bets are off.

The border to neutral Switzerland is three hundred miles away—a long way to run with SS soldiers on their heels.

Will Emily and Gerard survive the journey?

And what about their hearts? Nothing in the manual prepared them for falling in love.

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

Wow!  What a book!  Linda Shenton Matchett has penned a very exciting book set during World War II.

Both main characters were easy to like.  Emily was intelligent and competent, but beaten down by her family's comments to the contrary.  Gerard was brave and kind, and able to get the job done.  Emily had a strong faith and recognized God providing for, guiding, and protecting them.  Gerard had a newly-renewed faith, and it was great to see him taking steps in trusting God.  Both characters needed to think quickly and on their feet, and they each kept surprising each other in their ability to do that, which was fun.

The plot was quite exciting.  As spies infiltrating German-occupied France, Emily and Gerard were in constant danger.  There was always a new challenge for them to overcome, and they did so heartily, through God's grace.  Never knowing who was friend or foe throughout the book made for quite a page-turner!  

I recommend this book to those who love Christian fiction and historical romance, especially based during World War II.

I received an e-ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is also a trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.


More from Linda

Dear Reader,

 Take a moment to travel back to an era when ordinary women did extraordinary things. After the attack at Pearl Harbor, stalwart American gals stepped out of their comfort zone to take jobs never before held by women…sometimes dangerous jobs. Jobs in which they could lose their lives.

As a docent at the Wright Museum of WWII, I meet people from all walks of life who lived and served during the second “war to end all wars.” Many of these people haven’t shared their stories with loved ones for myriad reasons, but when they arrive at the museum, the floodgates of memories open, and words begin to pour out.

I’ve listened as ladies shared the stress of working outside the home, and juggling finances and childcare issues while their husbands were away in the armed forces. I’ve heard some speak about the excitement of learning new skills and gaining confidence. However, others were not as forthcoming because what they did was not only perilous, but secret. Fortunately, in the last few years, documents been declassified to shed light on the undercover work and projects performed during the war.

It is my hope that Spies & Sweethearts, book one in my Sisters in Service trilogy, will honor these brave women in some small way.


Linda Shenton Matchett

Blog Stops

Hebrews 12 Endurance, September 15
lakesidelivingsite, September 15
Worthy2Read, September 16
deb’s Book Review, September 16
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 17
Genesis 5020, September 17
Betti Mace, September 18
Emily Yager, September 18
Texas Book-aholic, September 19
The Book Chic Blog, September 19
Inklings and notions, September 20
Get Cozy Book Nook, September 20
For Him and My Family, September 21
Where Faith and Books Meet, September 21
She Lives To Read, September 22
As He Leads is Joy, September 22
Locks, Hooks and Books, September 23
CarpeDiem, September 23
Artistic Nobody, September 24 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 24
Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 25
Connect in Fiction, September 25
Connie’s History Classroom, September 26
Mary Hake, September 26
Blossoms and Blessings, September 27
Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, September 27
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 28
Life, Love, Writing, September 28


To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of an autographed copy of Spies & Sweethearts, an autographed copy of WWII Word Find, hand cut wood fleur de lis earrings, pewter Eiffel tower ring holder, and a fleur de Lis Coaster!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thank you for being part of my blog tour, and for your kind review. I'm so glad you enjoyed Emily's and Gerard's story.

  2. Wonderful review, Kathy! I enjoy WWII stories. Thank you for hosting.