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The Secrets We Kept
The Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice--the real-life story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago. At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dares publish it, and help Pasternak's magnum opus make its way into print around the world. Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world--using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Irina is a complete novice, and under Sally's tutelage quickly learns how to blend in, make drops and invisibly ferry classified documents. The Secrets We Kept combines a legendary literary love story--the decades-long affair between Pasternak and his mistress and muse, Olga Ivinskaya, who was sent to the Gulag and inspired Zhivago's heroine, Lara--with a narrative about two women empowered to lead lives of extraordinary intrigue and risk. From Pasternak's country estate outside Moscow to the brutalities of the Gulag, from Washington, DC, to Paris and Milan, The Secrets We Kept captures a watershed moment in the history of literature--told with soaring emotional intensity and captivating historical detail. And at the centre of this unforgettable debut is the powerful belief that a piece of art can change the world.
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Cortg
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This was a pretty good one! It takes place during the early parts of the Cold War. Half of the story was of women spies in DC, part of the OSS which later becomes the CIA. The other half is about the events that take place in The Soviet Union around the novel Doctor Zhivago, which I now need to read. Based on a true story, it was a fun read.

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Tashaxlynn
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I listened to this book and loooved the narration.

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Cortg
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Woke up to find some new bookmarks from my hubby‘s travels on my desk this morning! I‘ve popped one in The Secrets We Keep that I‘m starting today. I‘ll be at work all day but hoping to get some reading time in during my lunch break. Happy Saturday, Littens!

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Today's #listenwhileyouwork. 🎧

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Cortg
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When all the good book holds come in at the same time! I need a reading vacation 😜

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WellReadCatLady
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Making my way through #hellosunshine reading list

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MelindaOtt
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘ll admit that I was wary to pick this one up as I have never read (nor seen) DR ZHIVAGO. But, I gave it a try and am glad that I did. This is a fascinating spy thriller that tells its tale of literary espionage from multiple angles. Centered around 3 strong female characters, it brings the early years of the Cold War to life. Highly recommended!

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Branwen
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Another FANTASTIC Reese's Book Club pick! This had a bit of a slow burn but once it picked up I was entranced. The characters are really engaging (lots of badass female spies) and the history behind the publication of Dr Zhivago was fascinating! It really made me want to reread that gorgeous Russian classic again! All in all, this book was really great! 📚💕

Ps...there are LESBIAN SPIES in this book! 😍 YASSSS!

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Jenken1998
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Eh.. not bad. I had a lot of trouble staying engaged and i think it was because it was difficult for me to determine who was speaking. Alternating views alternating chapters. It always took me a few minutes to determine who i was reading. Espionage, forbidden romance and great Russian literature meet in this tale set during the Cold War. 🤵🤵🤵🤵

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MelissaSue81
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I have two books on my netgalley shelf that were archived before I got a chance to download them (requested a year apart!) I guess they really were Well Kept Secrets!! Well played #netgalley!

Birdsong28 I have learnt that you should download them straight away as then you have access to them till you want to read them as theyw 2mo
Birdsong28 as they will be stored on your Kindle's cloud even if you don't put them into your Kindle. 2mo
MelissaSue81 @Birdsong28 - I know! I usually do! The more recent one I only had for a couple days before it got archived. I just hadn‘t gotten the chance. It‘s okay though. I have too many netgalley books right now anyway. 2mo
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MellieAntoinette
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“And we did. We cried until our eyes were swollen and throats raw.

...But not one year dropped for him.”

#powerhousequotes

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Hazel0303
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If Mad Men and historical fiction set in the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War is your thing - check this out for sure!

Also, a Reese pick I actually liked!

Full review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2772179655

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Hazel0303
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About 60 pages left. One of the few Reese picks I have liked!!

GloVerdino That looks like a lovely reading set-up! 2mo
Hazel0303 @GloVerdino Thanks! It was 😋 2mo
marleed I‘m awaiting my library loan. I always read the RW picks - I don‘t always love them. I think that‘s part of the fun for me - wondering if I‘ll like them. 2mo
Hazel0303 @marleed I hope it comes soon!! 2mo
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CatsCoffeeAndBooks
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What I‘m reading now. The Secrets We Kept for Reese‘s bookclub September pick, The Nine for another book club September pick, and The Night Olivia Fell just because!

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Reecaspieces
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🍭🍭🍭🍭Review is up on my blog. Stop by and say hi. https://reecaspieces.com/2019/09/03/the-secrets-we-kept-by-lara-prescott-review-...

kspenmoll Nice review! Has me intrigued... 2mo
Reecaspieces @kspenmoll I enjoyed it. Especially the Russia part! 2mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Starting this one - the Cold War, Russia, spying, and the book Doctor Zhivago.
Only 20% in. The writing is good, plot is everything I would want. I am having trouble keeping with who the characters are. Hoping I just need to dive in to figure it out.

ChaoticMissAdventures Finished! I see that it has been picked for Reese Witherspoons book club, I am excited to see what others think. Personally I think there were too many points of view (the few chapters from the men especially could be taken out) but the writing is good. It was a close hit but just didn't dI it in the end for me. 2mo
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