The Secrets of Latimer House by Jules Wake

In the war against Hitler every secret counts…

Society heiress Evelyn Brooke-Edwards is a skilled interrogator – her beauty making her a non-threat in the eyes of the prisoners.

Farm girl Betty Connors may not be able to type as she claimed, but her crack analytical skills soon find her unearthing covert connections.

German ex-pat Judith Stern never expected to find herself listening in to German POW’s whispered conversations, but the Nazis took her father from her so she will do whatever it takes to help the Allies end this war.

Billeted together in the attic of Latimer House – a place where secrets abound – Evelyn, Betty and Judith soon form a bond of friendship that carries them through the war. Because nothing is stronger than women united.

Tucked away in the Buckinghamshire countryside, Latimer House, a grand country estate, stands proudly – a witness to some of greatest secrets of WW2.

What I Thought:

Secret things are afoot in the Buckinghamshire countryside in wartime – and this time, it’s not the codebreaking goings on at Bletchley Park, but a top secret interrogation operation at Latimer House.

In The Secrets of Latimer House, Jules Wake draws upon a real-life chapter of the Second World War that seems to be little known these days, eclipsed by other operations that have come to light in the post-war years.

However, like Bletchley Park, Latimer House relies upon a veritable army of women at the core of the operation and we meet some of them here.

It’s great to see many more stories of the contribution of women to the war effort as their contribution is so often overlooked – not so here, as our main characters turn their unique skills towards winning the war – but there is still time for love in the mix, which acts as some welcome light relief!

The book really excels in showing how women and men from completely different social spheres and different countries worked together to defeat the Nazis, but also acknowledges that these close working relationships sometimes developed into more. It does not do so in an overly sentimental way, but there is plenty of romance wrapped in the historical details to make it appeal to lovers of both genres.

There is plenty of period detail in the book, but it is used with a light hand and never overwhelms the story. The main characters are likeable, even when they are having the squabbles that are all too common for people living in close quarters – they are a supportive group and they form a great bond that is lovely to read.

The Secrets of Latimer House is published by One More Chapter.

About The Author:

Jules Wake announced at the age of ten that she planned to be a writer. Along the way she was diverted by the glamorous world of PR and worked on many luxury and not so luxury brands. This proved fabulous training for writing novels as it provided her with the opportunity to hone her creative writing skills.

She writes best-selling warm-hearted romantic contemporary fiction for One More Chapter as Jules Wake and was shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year 2020 with The Spark.

Under her pen name Julie Caplin, she also writes the warm and witty Romantic Escapes series.

Between them, the two Js have written eighteen novels, The Secret of Latimer House being the latest.  

Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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