“Keep smiling, keep busy, and the pain is bearable.”Pam Lecky, Her Last Betrayal
Title: Her Last Betrayal
Series: Her Secret War (Book 2)
Author: Pam Lecky
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publish Date: November 1st, 2022
My Rating: ★★½
(Potential spoilers from the first book below)
WWII stories involving MI5 are among my favorite sources of media at the moment, so I was incredibly excited when I received this book. It turned out to be just okay.
Sarah is on a mission to find her Nazi-sympathizing father who left his daughter (Sarah’s sister) for dead in the wake of a bombing. He catches onto the scheme quickly, eventually ordering his men to kidnap Sarah. There are a surprising amount of plot points in this book. Some work better than others, but nothing feels more forced than the romance.
Yet again, I realized after I started reading that this is not the first book in the series. It can sort of read as a standalone, however, I might have been better able to connect with the characters reading in order. Overall, I struggled to get invested in the book as a whole, especially after some particularly harsh and unnecessary remarks about Catholicism.
A huge thanks to Harper Collins/Harper 360 for sending me an ARC to read and review!
Likes & Dislikes:
What I liked:
- Sarah working for MI5.
- The strain between Sarah and her father given his ties to the Nazis.
What I didn’t like:
- The romance. It wasn’t necessarily out of place, but it was a little forced.
- As I already mentioned, unsavory remarks about Catholicism (talking about how cold the nuns were not allowing a character to grieve along with other assumptions down the line that generalized people of the religion in a negative light.)
- A dragging plot.
I always feel so terrible when I don’t particularly like a book I’ve received to review, especially when the author was sweet enough to reply to the picture I shared on Instagram. Although this book wasn’t my forte, I do want to wish the author a very happy publication day!