I give The Brass Compass: A Novel by Ellen Butler, 5 stars.
Lily is a young American woman who was lucky enough to be able to travel and study abroad when she was younger. This has taught her many things about Europe, including learning multiple languages. After the unexpected death of her mother and the start or World War II, she is too restless to just stay home. She has the deep need to do more. So she becomes a spy and takes a very dangerous mission. When her contact is compromised, she must run for her life. This involves many things she has never prepared for, but she will do anything to survive and pass on the vital information she has. Not knowing who to trust, she must take risks. Will be able to keep her cover and her wits about her?
This is an incredible historical fiction book set mostly during World War II. There are flashbacks from when Lily was younger, but the present day is during the war. The story is not for the weak of heart, there are some things that happen that may upset some readers. Please keep in mind that the main character is in the heart of this tragic war. That being said, I found this book amazing. I really felt like I was there with her. Lily herself is wonderful too. She grows throughout the story and has a heart of gold. You will experience pretty much every emotion while reading. At the same time, you cannot put it down — you want to see what will happen next and how it will all turn out for Lily. I did not know what to expect when I picked this book up, but I was blown away by how good and descriptive it was.
If you are a fan of historical fiction and strong female characters, this book is for you.
Review by @erinwolf79