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We are delighted to introduce you to the brand new novel out now in hardback, eBook and audio, from Rachel Hore, #ABeautifulSpy.

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Minnie Gray is an ordinary young woman.
She is also a spy for the British government.


It all began in the summer of 1928…

Minnie is supposed to find a nice man, get married and have children. The problem is it doesn’t appeal to her at all. She is working as a secretary, but longs to make a difference.

Then, one day, she gets her chance. She is recruited by the British government as a spy. Under strict instructions not to tell anyone, not even her family, she moves to London and begins her mission – to infiltrate the Communist movement.

She soon gains the trust of important leaders. But as she grows more and more entangled in the workings of the movement, her job becomes increasingly dangerous. Leading a double life is starting to take its toll on her relationships and, feeling more isolated than ever, she starts to wonder how this is all going to end. The Russians are notorious for ruthlessly disposing of people given the slightest suspicion.

What if they find out?

Full of suspense, courage and love, A Beautiful Spy is a stunningly written story about resisting the norm and following your dreams, even if they come with sacrifices.

‘Rachel Hore has written a masterful novel, rich in period detail, and her heroine is an unforgettable character’ SUNDAY EXPRESS

A compulsive and enjoyable read’ HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY

‘Based on the life of Olga Gray, this atmospheric thriller is a delighted to read’ THE SUN

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‘Her best yet’ ***** Rachel L

‘I was captivated and really involved in the story’ **** Reviewer 144074

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‘Rachel writes with great pace and gentle suspense’ **** Jemima R

‘Both captivated and enthralled me’ ***** Kim M

‘I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it’ **** Pauline S

‘An excellent read’ ***** Annette C

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‘A very absorbing book, full of intrigue and suspense’ **** Ann J

‘A fascinating read’ **** Hannah M

‘I was gripped by every twist and turn’ ***** Educator 479100

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‘An enjoyable and entertaining read’ **** Christine H

‘This is a superb book which is absolutely worth five stars’ ***** Vikkie

‘The writing is excellent’ **** Laura

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‘A really fascinating read’ **** Kirsty C

‘With a hint of romance this is a beautiful, captivating and atmospheric read. Well researched with excellent attention to detail’ ***** Valerie

‘An enthralling novel’ **** Emma

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‘I was captivated and really involved in the story’ **** Netgalley Reviewer

‘Well researched and beautifully written’ **** Lucy

‘What a cracker of a book!’ Amanda

‘A thought-provoking and intensely poignant, emotional and passionate tale’ Pam Norfolk, read her full review here.

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Sally, read her full insta post here.

Sharlene, read her full insta post here.

Alicja, read her full insta post here.

‘a beautiful read with well developed and interesting characters’ Komal, read her full insta post here.

‘an emotional adventure about a woman living two lives and wanting to make a difference in the world!’ Ivana, read her full insta post here.

‘Rachel’s writing is always stunning. The story itself is just wonderful, it really keeps you on the edge of your seat’ Carla, read her full insta post here.

‘A shimmery, summery historical fiction with a fresh feminist twist, A Beautiful Spy was a good old tale of spies, politics and history’ Alice, read her full insta post here.

‘Unputdownable, such a page-turner!’ Natasha, read her full insta post here.

‘If you enjoy a gently paced historical fiction, with fabulously written characters, experiencing real emotion, then I’d definitely recommend this book’ Caroline, read her full insta post here.

‘A wonderful read’ Stacey, read her full insta post here.

‘A moving and so well written spy novel, that isn’t guns blazing but will still get you on the edge of your seat!’ Hannah, read her full insta post here.

‘I would definitely recommend this book if you love historical fiction, strong women breaking the norm, political views, spies and espionage, and books filled with tension!’ Carlie, read her full insta post here.

‘I really enjoyed and definitely recommend to anyone who likes historical fiction or spy stories!’ Poppy, read her full review here.

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‘I was totally invested in Minnie’s inspirational story’ Sophia, read her full insta post here.

Chloe hosted an extract – read the full insta post here.

‘Entertaining’ Josefa, read her full insta post here.

‘This had me gripped from the start’ Niamh, read her full insta post here.

‘Well researched and beautifully told’ Joanna, read her full insta post here.

‘A really entertaining and compelling read and I was completely engrossed’ Karen, read her full insta post here.

‘I really enjoyed following Minnie’s journey as she breaks the stereotype of the ‘femme fatale’, giving a voice to the women who quietly served their country’ Vicki, read her full insta post here.

‘A beautifully written story’ BooksHappyThoughts, read her full insta post here.

‘Loved this book…’ Kamila, read her full insta post here.

‘Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres and this one did not disappoint!’ Emma, read her full insta post here.

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‘A superb book which is absolutely worth five stars‘ Vik, read her full blog tour post here.

‘Utterly beautiful and moving. I can highly recommend this to anyone who loves historical fiction’ Zoe, read her full blog tour post here.

Jodi, hosted an extract here.

‘A fascinating book *****’ Karen, read her full blog tour post here.

‘Realistic, tense, and full of nuance’ Alice, read her full blog tour post here.

‘If you’re a fan of spy stories and historical fiction then I can highly recommend this one. It was a joy to read’ Patrice, read their full blog tour post here.

‘A wonderful book’ InspireThrough1, read her full blog tour post here.

‘A thoroughly enjoyable historical fiction that brings to life the remarkability of people’ Adele, read her full blog tour post here.

‘This is such a dramatic story, even more so because it’s based on a true story. It’s a story of spies, intrigue, and finding the balance between real life, and a life created in order to spy on those under suspicion’ Jo, read her full blog tour post here.

‘A brilliant read from an author who never disappoints’ Juliet, read her full blog tour post here.

‘An absorbing and interesting read’ Jenn, read her full insta post here.

‘I loved it’ Fiction Book Reviews, read her full blog tour post here.

‘Full of suspense, courage and love, A Beautiful Spy is a stunningly written story about resisting the norm and following your dreams, even if they come with sacrifices’ Emma, read her full blog tour post here.

‘I love how, although being suspenseful, full of tension and following a dangerous storyline, Rachel Hore easily keeps the story light and enjoyable’ Siobhan, read her full insta post here.

‘A haunting, evoking look at the life of a young woman turned spy that certainly ticked all the right boxes’ BooksByBindu, read her full blog tour post here.

‘This is a book which is carefully written, yet stylishly describes the probable true demands on the quiet but effective agents of a silent conflict, and I thoroughly recommend it’ Julie, read her full blog tour post here.

‘An enjoyable and informative read, sure to interest fans of historical fiction’ Emma, read her full blog tour post here.

Nicola shared an extract on her blog, read it here.

‘An absorbing and compelling story’ NightFallMysteries, read their full insta post here.

‘What I admire about Rachel is her diligent and comprehensive research of the historical period she is writing about, her ability to make history accessible and to breath incredible vitality and creativity into the characters and times she sets her books in’ Clare, read her full blog tour post here.

‘A fabulous immersive read’ Joanna, read her full blog tour post here.

‘An intriguing, gripping read which has a very thrilling plot line’ Joanna, read her full blog tour post here.

‘A heartfelt, intense and captivating historical novel that intrigued me from the very first page. A seductive and beguiling tale that beautifully balances tension, drama, passion and adventure, A Beautiful Spy is a wonderfully layered page-turner that brings the past to stunning and captivating life and will keep readers enthralled until the very last page’ Julie, read her full blog tour post here.

‘Beautifully written, and impeccably researched, A Beautiful Spy is a cleverly controlled espionage story which brings to life the uncertainty of living in a time of political, and emotional turmoil’ Jo, read her full blog tour post here.

Silvia hosted a smashing Q&A with Rachel on her blog here.

‘Such an absorbing read’ AboutGassing, read their full blog tour post here.

‘I flew through this book! An excellent read packed full of adventure, well developed characters and a riveting storyline’ Emma, read her full blog tour post here.

‘The author has cleverly blended fact and fiction to create an intriguing and interesting novel’ Hayley, read her full blog tour post here.

‘The combination of fact and fiction makes for an interesting historical read’ Cheryl, read her full blog tour post here.

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