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Shining Through (original 1988; edition 1988)

by Susan Isaacs

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Title:Shining Through
Authors:Susan Isaacs (Author)
Info:Harpercollins (1988),
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Captivating. Humorous. I have read this more than once. ( )
  MAGJohnson | Apr 24, 2014 |
This is one of those rare moments where I love the book and the movie equally. I read the book a lot during high school. ( )
  Kace | Jan 30, 2010 |
The story is narrated by Linda Voss, a sassy and smart secretary from Queens who works for a top Wall Street law firm. She falls madly in love with her boss, John Berringer, and after his divorce, becomes his next conquest. Through John, she meets Ed Leland, a lawyer who also works in counterintelligence. When the U.S. becomes involved in the war, Linda is compelled to do everything she can to help, partly due to the fact that she is half Jewish, so she takes a job as Ed's secretarial translator. Using her German skills as leverage, she becomes a spy and gains employment in a top Nazi's home. The author writes in a gossipy style, with witty and humorous dialogue. While the plot is mildly entertaining, I feel that overall it is cheesy and unrealistic. The book reads like it is one step up from a Danielle Steel novel, which while fun once in awhile, is definitely not my thing. I recommend this to lovers of chick lit only, if you're looking for serious WWII fiction, stay far away. ( )
1 vote Katie_H | Feb 11, 2008 |
If you've seen the movie with Melanie Griffith and Michael Douglas and loved it, read this book. If you've seen the movie and hated it, read this book. It has spies, World War II and the lead character who makes very realistic decisions given her circumstances. ( )
  kearnssk | May 18, 2007 |
Near perfect "chick lit" ( )
1 vote schaefme | Dec 31, 1969 |
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In 1940, when I was 31 and an old maid, while the whole world waited for war, I fell in love with John Berringer.
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It's 1940 and Linda Voss, legal secretary extraordinaire, has a secret. She's head over heels in love with her boss, John Berringer, the pride of the Ivy League. Not that she even has a chance--he'd never take a second look at a German-Jewish girl from Queens who spends her time taking care of her faded beauty of a mother and following bulletins on the war in Europe. For Linda, though, the war will soon become all too real. Engulfing her nation and her life, it will offer opportunities she's never dreamed of. A chance to win the man she wants...a chance to find the love she deserves.

Made into the movie of the same name starring Melanie Griffith, Michael Douglas, and Liam Neeson, Shining Through is a novel of honor, sacrifice, passion, and humor. This is vintage Susan Isaacs, a tale of a spirited woman who wisecracks her way into heroism and history--and into your heart.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:26:37 -0400)

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During World War II a secretary from Queens convinces her boss, a Colonel in American intelligence, to let her go undercover behind enemy lines in Germany.

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