Liberty Lady

A True Story of Love and Espionage in WWII Sweden

Non-Fiction - Military
514 Pages
Reviewed on 05/30/2017
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Author Biography

Pat DiGeorge grew up in the small town of Bartow, Florida. Following marriage, the birth of two sons, and an eventual move to Atlanta, Georgia, she embarked on a successful business career. In 2008, Pat helped organize a local program to fly WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials. She wrote tributes for many of the honorees, including one about her father, Herman Allen. As Pat learned more about her father’s experiences during the war and about her mother’s parallel journey in the OSS, she began to research the story of Liberty Lady.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

I love books on espionage and I get absorbed when the setting is strong and well-developed. Pat Digeorge has done just that, crafting a page-turner set against the gritty historical landscapes of World War II Sweden and modern day, featuring remarkable characters. The only thing that makes it stand out even more is that it isn’t fiction. It is a powerful document that explores what took place in neutral Sweden while the war was raging. Liberty Lady: A True Story of Love and Espionage in WWII Sweden talks about love and impeccable spy work.

A WWII bomber and its crew are compelled to land in Sweden, a neutral country during a huge bombing in Germany. Lt. Herman Allen starts working for the OSS, an espionage agency for his country, and he has one crucial role to play: make friends with a businessman who might be selling secrets to the Germans. It is in this dynamic that a new relationship burgeons and develops quickly between Allen and a stunning Swedish-American secretary for the OSS.

Pat Digeorge's book is filled with wonderful historical references and revelatory information about the behind-the-door activities, the intrigue, and the espionage that took place during the Second World War. Sweden, that stayed neutral, became an attractive turf for espionage. I enjoyed the romance that is sprinkled throughout the story. It seems that the author has done a great job with his research and unearthed facts that are confidently related in this book. Liberty Lady: A True Story of Love and Espionage in WWII Sweden is both entertaining and absorbing. Written in crisp, excellent prose, it is a delightful read.