In her Maggie Hope series, Susan MacNeal has seemed to be more and more interested in the US side of the outbreak of WWII (see The Hollywood Spy, 2021). In this novel, a standalone, she pursues that interest, creating a terrifying account of Nazism in America in 1940. Her central characters, mother and daughter Vi and Veronica, kick off the action with Veronica’s graduation from Hunter College in New York. Veronica is looking forward to an internship at Mademoiselle magazine, but thanks to an unfortunate turn of events the internship is rescinded. She and her mother, along with her Pasadena based Uncle Walter (in town for her graduation from Hunter) make plans to move to California. Uncle Walter is willing to let the women live in his beach house.
Danger on the Atlantic is the third novel in Erica Ruth Neubauer’s series set in the 1920s, featuring American war widow Jane Wunderly and the handsome, enigmatic Englishman Redvers, the only man who might change Jane’s mind about remarriage. As readers of the previous two books, Murder at the Mena House and Murder at Wedgefield Manor, will know, Jane was traumatized by her abusive first marriage and still has scars on her back. She was relieved when her husband was killed in World War I. For years she has refused to consider the thought of another marriage. Then she met Redvers while working on a case in Egypt in the first book of the series, and their relationship has developed steadily through the next two books. She cannot deny her attraction to Redvers, but she is still fearful about marriage, even though she knows he is nothing like her first husband.
Join our August book club discussion via zoom on Sunday, August 23 at 2 p.m. We’ll e discussing Lauren Wilkinson‘s Edgar nominated American Spy. All are welcome. Email store (at) auntagathas.com to receive a zoom invitation. Here’s a description of the book, via goodreads:
What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? One woman struggles to choose between her honor and her heart in this enthralling espionage drama that deftly hops between New York and West Africa.