Review & Giveaway: The Socialite by J'nell Ciesielski

The Socialite by J'nell Ciesielski

Publication Date: April 14, 2020
Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins
Paperback, eBook, AudioBook; 368 Pages

Genre: Fiction/Romance/Historical/20th Century

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?

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Set in Paris in the 1940s, The Socialite by J'nell Ciesielski is a unique historical that gives readers a new perspective of WWII.

Kat Whitford has been sent to Paris by her father to bring her wayward sister, Ellie, home to England. At this time, France is occupied with Nazis and since Ellie has run away she is now dating a Nazi officer and working as a social secretary for them. Kat is disgusted with Nazis and aware of the danger her sister is in but has to hide that while she tries to persuade her sister to leave with her. What Kat doesn't know is that her father hired someone else to get her sister home. Barrett Anderson owns a local club but is actually working for the British government and training resistance fighters. Kat and Barrett join forces to get her sister out of Eric's grasp and back home safely. Their father moves in important political circles and the Nazis could use Ellie for intelligence or blackmail.

This is my first read from J'nell and I absolutely loved her writing style. Kat and Barrett were a lot of fun and had great chemistry. Plus, he's Scottish, so....swooooon!!! I also enjoyed the sisterly relationship between Kat and Ellie, who are as different as night and day. There was danger, romance, and action. I loved it all and can't wait to pick up J'nell's other books.

Highly recommended!

About the Author

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.

Learn more at You can also find J'nell on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, April 1
Review at Passages to the Past

Thursday, April 2
Review at Nurse Bookie

Friday, April 3
Review at YA, It's Lit

Sunday, April 5
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, April 6
Review at Tar Heel Reader

Tuesday, April 7
Review at Books and Zebras

Wednesday, April 8
Review at Amy's Booket List

Thursday, April 9
Review at Tales from the Book Dragon
Excerpt at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Friday, April 10
Review at Donna's Book Blog

Monday, April 13
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Tuesday, April 14
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 5 copies of The Socialite! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on April 14th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

The Socialite


  1. The Great War throws up such a varied selection of stories. Each unique, each so sensitive and such good reading. Thanks for the review.

    1. The Socialite is set during WWII, but I love reading about WWI as well! It's one of my favorite timelines.

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  2. I really want to read this one, it sounds so good. Nice review.


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