Firstly I wish to thank Sriya Varadharajan of Penguin Random House for inviting me on the blog tour for Atomic Love by Jennie Fields.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The stunning novel about our fiercest loyalties, deepest desires and the power of forgiveness
‘Science, love, espionage, and a heroine who carves a strong path in the world of men. There is nothing left to want’ Ann Patchett
‘A highly-charged love story’ Delia Owens, bestselling author of Where the Crawdads Sing
Rosalind Porter has always defied expectations – in her work as a physicist on the Manhattan Project to design the atomic bomb, and in her passionate love affair with coworker Thomas Weaver.
Five years after the end of both, her guilt over the results of her work and her heartbreak over Weaver are intertwined. She has almost succeeded in resigning herself to a more conventional life . . .
Then Weaver gets back in touch. But so does the FBI.
Agent Charlie Szydlo wants Rosalind to spy on Weaver, whom the FBI suspects of selling nuclear secrets to Russia.
As Rosalind’s final assignment launches her on a dangerous mission to find the truth, she faces a heartbreaking choice . . .
Believe the man who taught her how to love?
Or trust the man who her love might save?
Wow! This story has everything, I loved the characters, the story and the time frame. Just thinking about it makes me feel like I have just gone over a bridge and got that lovely feeling where your heart seems to skip a beat. Set in Chicago 1950 the world is a very different place to be a modern woman. Rosalind had been part of the project that worked on the nuclear bomb that ended the great war but also a lot of innocent lives along with it. She not only struggled with those thoughts but also the betrayal of a co-worker that she had been madly in love with. Her career came crashing down and she had never really recovered from either.
Now Thomas Weaver had reappeared and wanted to pick up where it had all ended. Rosalind is approached by the FBI who encourage her to take that step and get evidence to support their theory that Weaver is a traitor. Oh, boy, was I hooked.
The author does an amazing job to recreate the 1950’s with all its prejudices and the roles that men and women had and rules they were expected to follow. Men were seen has been far more intelligent than women and some women were wise enough to let them think that if they were to get on.
The characters in the story are brought to life. I connected to Rosalind so quickly in the story and the terrible situation that she was sort of thrown into. She never really sees herself as anything special or loveable and yet there is something very pure about her in the way that she sees others. The story is exciting, there are constant danger and threat throughout, with moments that I held my breath both in what I felt would happen and the outcome.
The last few chapters are so very intense, punch in the air moments, me shouting yes! shocking, dangerous pages that were breathtaking and an unbelieve hold my breath ending. Just pure magic!
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for inviting me to read this e-book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
When I was child, bookstores and libraries were sanctuaries, my invitation to adventure, escape, satisfaction. Wanting to be a part of the action, I wrote my first ‘novel’ when I was six. Years later, my first real book arrived in bookstores.
But it’s taken me until my fifth novel to tackle a topic that’s always called to me: women in science. My mother was trained as a biochemist at the University of Chicago during World War II, and remained at the University afterwards, researching cures for cancer. But as was typical in that era, when she married, she gave up her career to be a wife. She spent the rest of her life aching for science. As a result, science flowed into her cooking, cleaning, our healthcare. She measured, she weighed, she considered, she hypothesized.
My mother’s best friend was her cousin Jean. Walking together to campus each day, they discussed everything. But no matter how many times she asked, Jean refused to tell my mother a single detail about what was going on at the ‘Metallurgical Laboratory’ where she worked. As it turns out, Jean was a clerical worker for the Manhattan Project and stayed true to her oath of secrecy until long after the atom bomb was dropped.
That story of silence stuck with me. And my research revealed there was one female physicist involved in those early Chicago years of the Manhattan Project: Leona Woods, the youngest member of the team. Atomic Love is in no way based on Woods’ life. Still, her presence at that critical time and place in history allowed me to create my main character, Rosalind Porter, a female physicist who is asked to risk love and limb to protect her country.
Adventure. Escape. Satisfaction. I hope you will find these things and more in Atomic Love.