Portrait of a Bitter Spy

Portrait of a Bitter Spy

by R S Rowland


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Josefa Bygel is a difficult young woman - obstinate, different. She always has been and now recently widowed, she has the opportunity to be very difficult by serving Germany during the Great War as a spy. Newly trained, her first assignment finds her in Paris where she insinuates herself into the life of a lonely executive to obtain the plans for the new tank by whatever means. Breaking into factories, hiding out in opium dens - how different her life is now. So different from her carefree days as an art student where her last summer before marriage was spent painting botanical illustrations for a young English botany student in Spain. But just like everything else in her life, those happy days dissolved away in August 1914.

For botany student Fleming Hughes, the war has interrupted his research. He joins the Royal Field Artillery and soon after training he is at the front directing fire on the German lines from C Battery. After being wounded, he finds that he can be useful still by joining MI5. He has no idea that the trajectory of his life is racing along a parallel track with the lovely Josefa. He'd quite gotten over his crush from that summer he'd hired her to illustrate his fieldwork. But that was so long ago, before his heart had been pierced by the death of so many people he cared about. And now he not only spends his days pursuing German spies on British soil along with dodging the maddeningly silent spirits of lost mates who haunt him (literally). He is also keeping company with the elegant Davina Fitzgerald. So why has he kept that postcard of Josefa all this time? That wretched postcard

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781719232456
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/27/2018
Pages: 486
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

R. S. Rowland is an author in historical fiction with interests in the period beginning with the Great War through WW2. She likes to explore relationships between unusual characters and to place ordinary characters in unusual circumstances. Her stories include an eclectic mix of spies, mediums, opium dens, artists and socialites.

Ms. Rowland holds a BA in geography from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a masters in the same from the University of Arkansas. Before retiring, she spent 38 years in information systems with various companies including Gannett, Rochester Telephone, Xerox, Costco, San Diego State University and the University of Arkansas. While developing applications for Xerox, she traveled extensively for nine years to South and Central America as well as England. She now lives in Venice, Florida with her husband and two crazy dogs where she also enjoys fighting mealy bug infestations, vacuuming sand from the floor mats of her Thunderbird, eating what she cooks and watching far too many 1940s movies. She is also firmly convinced that she was born in the wrong era.

More information on upcoming and current projects can be found on her website at www.RSRowlandAuthor.com.

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