by Kate Quinn
Reviewed by Linda:
Readers who enjoy historical fiction should discover Kate Quinn. Each of her four novels looks at little-known women who played a critical role in the Allied victory in World War II. Her latest, Diamond Eye, tells the incredible story of Mila Pavlichenko, a Russian history student and mother, who leaves her studies and her young son, to take up the fight to defend the Soviet Union from the invading German army. With an uncanny ability to disguise herself as foliage and with incredible patience and superb aim, she gains a reputation as “Lady Death,” slowly winning over her suspicious male compatriots to become a commander of young men. When news of her three hundredth kill makes her a national heroine, Mila finds herself torn from the eastern front and sent to America on a goodwill tour. Still reeling from war wounds and devastated by loss, Mila is lonely in the glittering world of Washington, DC - until an unexpected friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. An unforgettable story of the bookworm who is history’s deadliest sniper.