A modern-day woman torn by her illusive dreams awakens to a strange life in 1943, hurtled against the throes of destruction in wartime Berlin. Following a haphazard trail of clues, she discovers her new identity as Alina Feuer, code-named Sparrow, a famous entertainer seducing a high-ranking SS officer to gather vital information for the Allies.
But Alina is an amateur in these incessant spy games. She relies solely on her wit and instinct to make her next move, while frantically hiding her erratic behavior from the watchful eyes of her suspicious liaison/love interest and her pestering socialite gal pal along the way. A reluctant heroine, she must use charismatic glamour as her weapon of choice to fulfill her deadly mission before the week is through.
“Beneath the Satin Gloves is a time travel novel set in the dark and terrifying era of WWII Germany that is well researched and incredibly well written. It’s easy to slide into the 1940s and feel as though you are there. A beautiful thriller with a tragic edge to it, this is a read for anyone who loves a strong heroine, who just wants to lose themselves in a story they won’t want to end.” – Readers’ Favorite
“An enthralling look at life in Germany during World War II as experienced by Berlin in her dream identity as the lounge singer/espionage agent, Alina Feuer. The author does a marvelous job at conveying the vulnerability of her character as she plays a part that becomes increasingly hard to sustain. The plot is intricate and thrilling. I loved getting a glimpse into the nightlife in the forties, something that historical fiction novels rarely capture as eloquently. Skrabanek grabs her readers, thrusts them into the action and keeps them there until the last page.” – Readers’ Favorite
“There are any number of books, fact and fiction, that have World War 2 as either their subject or backdrop. Few enough are set in the epicenter of the aggressor nation. In her debut novel Britt Skrabanek transports us to war-time Berlin in a fast-moving and intriguing tale.” Read the full review >>
“Through the eyes of the charismatic protagonist, Alina, this novel takes us on an exciting, intriguing journey through war-time Berlin. The story draws you in right from the beginning as Alina is thrust back in time and we—and Alina—discover she is in the midst of a mission as a wartime spy.”
“I love historical fiction and time travel. Beneath the Satin Gloves combines the two while wrapping everything up in a unique story.”
“The author balances the darker undertones of war with fresh humor, a love story, and Alina’s feisty determination. With stunning detail and captivating action, this story was a pleasure to read.”