Author Jo Havens recommends In the Shadow of Truth by J.E. Leak
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Jo was a beta reader for this book and is loving seeing it out there in the world. This sapphic historical fiction novel has it all, from an eye-catching cover to an excellent tagline and blurb. Jo considers J.E. to be an author whose work is always enjoyable, and even better, the book is part of a fantastic series.
Let’s hear more from Jo about why In the Shadow of Truth is a must read:
Aside from the absolutely sumptuous covers (created by the author herself – what a talent!), I am so thoroughly invested in the two main characters and their very real struggle to make their love work in the middle of wartime.
If you’ve been reading/listening to J.E. Leak’s Shadow series then you’ve probably been busting to know what happens next.
This is the book that shows what an absolute master storyteller J.E. Leak is. All the threads and strands and hints from the first two books are now woven into events that are more intricate than I first imagined they might be. The Big Bad is more clearly revealed and it is horrifying. The women face tough times and agonising decisions. Sometimes they flounder and make errors that make you want to slap them. Sometimes they fall into each other’s arms and the softness and love is the kind of glorious fluff you want to roll around in and lose yourself forever.
There’s all the gorgeous detail I love about the period – jazz, elegance, hair-pins, secret dossiers in actual brown cardboard folders. J.E. is an historian with an exquisite eye for those little particulars that allow you to slip completely into her world. And… she’s merciless. You know in your heart as you read that things are only going to get tougher for our leading ladies. J.E. isn’t going to go easy on them. Or you, dear reader. But that’s kinda why we love her, right?
(And if I may skite for a moment, I’ve already read Book 4 in its beta form and hoo-weee! You’re going to love it!)