04 June 2020

The Socialite | Book Review, Guest Post + Giveaway


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 has no intention of going back to the shackled life their parents dictate for them—but Kat will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.

Arrested for simply trying to defend himself against a drunken bully, Barrett Anderson is given the option of going to jail or serving out his sentence by training Resistance fighters in Paris. A bar owner serves as the perfect disguise to entertain Nazis at night while training fighters right below their jackboots during the day. Being assigned to watch over two English debutantes is the last thing he needs, but a payout from their father is too tempting to resist. Can Barrett and Kat trust each other long enough to survive, or will their hearts prove more traitorous than the dangers waiting around the corner?

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: April 14, 2020


English socialite Kat needs to bring her sister home, but Ellie has become accustomed to a lavish lifestyle in Nazi-occupied Paris, thanks to her Nazi boyfriend, and has no intention of leaving. Scottish bar owner Barrett Anderson is working to undermine the tyranny in the city, and as it turns out, becoming entangled in Kat’s dilemma could prove beneficial. As the pair navigates the complicated circumstances, nothing is certain—and danger never feels too far behind.

J’nell Ciesielski’s The Socialite offers a fascinating look into the experience of Nazi-occupied Paris. A vividly described setting sets the story up to be quite atmospheric, while the characters—their personalities, their emotions, their choices (and romance!)—feel authentic. From beginning to end, The Socialite proves captivating, and I so enjoyed it. Historical readers, definitely pick up this book.


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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 Award and the Maggie Award, she is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle.


I blame Pinterest. Too many hours are spent chasing rabbit holes of glorious pictures of fashion from eras gone by, Highlanders in kilts, WWI ambulances, and fairytale castles. One day I was browsing something super important (or possibly escaping from the actual work I was supposed to be doing, er, we’ll never know) and stumbled across a black and white picture of six beautiful girls. Who are these lovely ladies? I wondered. A quick search brought up the Mitford sisters. Six gorgeous daughters born into an aristocratic English family, each girl with a different passion: Diana the fascist, Jessica the communist, Unity the Hitler lover, Nancy the novelist, Deborah the duchess, and Pamela the poultry connoisseur. Whoa. You know dinner time around their family table was interesting. How could such different personalities belong in the same family? What would you do if your sister got moon-eyed over Hitler??

Bam. An idea was born.

In the beginning, my little rebel Ellie was going to be a full-fledged Nazi ideology lover, but she quickly informed me that it wasn’t so much the Nazis or their crazy ideas she loved, but one man in particular. One twisted Nazi who had fallen completely under her spell, and she under his. The ideas of love can often be more difficult to break as Kat finds out when she tries to rescue her naïve sister. Luckily, she has a hunky Sottish bartender to help her while providing a few romantic intentions of his own. With everyone hiding past hurts and true identities, how will they ever hope to find the love they each long for when war rages under the bright lights of Paris? Guess you’ll have to read to find out 😉


To celebrate her tour, J’nell is giving away the grand prize of a book and a book sleeve. Enter below, and be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway.



  1. I like reading historical fiction and this sounds like a book I would enjoy reading.

  2. I’m really looking forward to reading this book! Read many good things about it! Sounds so interesting! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  3. The cover is beautiful & eye catching, sounds like a great book.

  4. A beautiful cover enclosing what seems to be a compelling story. Best wishes to the author on the novel.

  5. Excellent review, Hallie! I'm looking forward to reading The Socialite. Thank you for hosting.

  6. Great review, many thanks! Sounds like a book I'd enjoy, love historical romances!