Goodreads Synopsis: Samantha Donaldson’s family has always done its duty for the British Crown. In the midst of World War I, seventeen-year-old Sam follows in their footsteps, serving her country from the homefront as a Girl Guide and messenger for the intelligence organization MI5. After her father disappears on a diplomatic mission, she continues their studies of languages, high-level mathematics, and complex puzzles and codes, hoping to make him proud.
When Sam is asked to join the famed women’s spy group La Dame Blanche she’s torn—this could be the adventure she’s dreamed of, but how can she abandon her mother, who has already lost a husband to the war? But when her handlers reveal shocking news, Sam realizes there’s no way she can refuse the exciting and dangerous opportunity.
Her acceptance leads her straight into the heart of enemy territory on a mission to extract the most valuable British spy embedded in Germany, known to the members of LDB only as Velvet. Deep undercover within the court of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Samantha must navigate the labyrinthine palace and its many glamorous—and secretive—residents to complete her assignment. To make matters worse she finds herself forming a forbidden attraction to the enemy-a dangerously handsome German guard. In a place where personal politics are treacherously entangled in wartime policy, can Samantha discover the truth and find Velvet before it’s too late…for them both?
I did not like this book. In fact I didn’t finish reading it because I having such a hard time with it. Not finishing a book is really hard for me!
Anyway, my problem with the story is the main character, whom I hated. I hated her from page 1. She started off in my bad graces when she dissed poetry, and acted like a smart-ass brat. I know she’s just a character, but really? Why attack poetry. Poetry is life.
She just got worse from there. Samantha was constantly showing off and thinking she was the best thing ever. The story kept trying to tell us she was a mature girl, but all I saw was a petulant child who threw tantrums when she didn’t get what she wanted, when she wanted it.
I know in real life WW1 did have young female spies, but the character of Samantha was completely unbelievable. She never kept her mouth shut and just tried to learn. She was always talking back to her superiors and saying the stupidest things.
Anyway I only made it 145 pages in when I couldn’t stand Samantha any longer and gave the book back to the library. I gave this book 1 star.