by Leila Meacham

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Roses comes a gripping new novel about five young spies embedded among the highest Nazi ranks in occupied Paris

At the height of World War II, a handful of idealistic young Americans receive a mysterious letter from the government, asking them if they are willing to fight for their country. The men and women from very different backgrounds-a Texan athlete with German roots, an upper-crust son of a French mother and a wealthy businessman, a dirt-poor Midwestern fly fisherman, an orphaned fashion designer, and a ravishingly beautiful female fencer-all answer the call of duty, but each for a secret reason of her or his own. They bond immediately, in a group code-named Dragonfly.

Thus begins a dramatic cat-and-mouse game, as the group seeks to stay under the radar until a fatal misstep leads to the capture and the firing-squad execution of one of their team. But...is everything as it seems, or is this one more elaborate act of spycraft?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538732212
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 4,006
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Leila Meacham is a writer and former teacher who lives in San Antonio, Texas. She is the author of the bestselling novels Roses, Tumbleweeds, Somerset, and Titans. For more information, please visit LeilaMeacham.com.

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Dragonfly 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
l loved the book and was unable to to put it down. A great read.
wjane 3 months ago
Dragonfly by Leila Meacham World War II Historical Thriller Fiction. The stories of five government spies who were chosen for their special abilities. This book is hard to put down from the first few pages. I lost sleep because I could not stop reading. Wonderful realistic characters with lives that reflect the era. Everyone has secrets and there are few people worthy of trust. Suspicions are caused by the smallest details for example the nuances of behavior or language. The characters live on the edge because anyone may betray you. I loved this book for its authentic historical details, constant action, light romance and wonderful characters. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book. 5 Stars
whatsbetterthanbooks 4 months ago
Poignant, absorbing, and incredibly affecting! Dragonfly is an immersive, suspenseful tale set in Nazi-Occupied Paris during WWII that follows five young American spies as they use their own unique skillsets to infiltrate, befriend, and acquire special intelligence from the enemy to aid Resistance and Allied Forces. The prose is eloquent and polished. The characters are driven, courageous, and resilient. And the plot, including all the subplots, intertwine and unravel into a sweeping saga of life, loss, family, self-discovery, heartbreak, betrayal, determination, isolation, survival, tragedy, and friendship. Overall, Dragonfly is an evocative, rich, beautifully written novel by Meacham that grabs you from the very first page, and is sure to be a big hit with book clubs and historical fiction fans everywhere. I absolutely devoured it, and it is hands down one of my favourite reads of the year!
Anonymous 4 days ago
I've read all of Meachum's novels, and her latest is another enjoyable read, although different from her usual Southern sagas. The protagonists in Dragonfly are interesting and well-rounded, and the descriptions of wartime France all too realistic. There is enough action and tension to encourage readers to keep reading well into the night, and the ending is satisfying. Although my favorite Meachum book is her debut novel Roses, Dragonfly is probably my second favorite.
BookFidelity 8 days ago
If you're a usual reader of my blog (which, if you are, thank you!), you know that I tend to stay away from historical fiction. I'm not entirely sure why - I love learning about history! Slowly I've been trying to get out of the habit of "dismissing" the genre, and I can happily say that Leila Meacham's Dragonfly has certainly encouraged me to keep delving in to the genre! Firstly, Meacham's writing is absolutely gorgeous. It is easy to follow, yes, but most importantly, her writing almost places you into a trance so that you keep on reading her words. They are perfectly placed together to form the story for your imagination. To say I was reading the story isn't quite right; it felt like I was sinking in to and almost becoming a part of the story. I am a huge fan of organization. I love for concepts, for example to have an order to them. Sometimes it's chronological, other times it is by a different sense of organization. So, what I truly appreciated from Meacham's writing for Dragonfly is that we know exactly where we are going in the story - not plot wise necessarily - I wouldn't describe this book as predictable. No, what I mean is that we know when we're in the present and when we are flashing back to the past. This may be a simple thing to be appreciating in writing, but believe me when I say that I have read some confusing timelines in fiction, and this definitely wasn't one of them. Another aspect I must gush about is the characters. I am a sucker for well-rounded, well-described characters and that is exactly what I got with Dragonfly. We meet each one of our major players, and they each are described in such a way that I feel I honestly know them as the story unfolds. They become friends of mine and it is almost as if I am part of the story as well. I found myself truly wanting to learn about their situations, and so I constantly stopped reading to ask my husband (an ex-history teacher!) about certain aspects of the history (I said I like history, not that I remember it all that well...). I wanted to fully understand, the best that I could, what each one of these characters was experiencing - around them and even within themselves. Meacham does a gorgeous job in unfolding a story that is not just about history, but also about people. These characters are some of the most intricately described and well-rounded characters that I have encountered in my many years of reading. Dragonfly is a big book - and it is definitely worth the read.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Moving story of ordinary individuals who risked everything during WWII
Anonymous 11 days ago
Full of twists and turns, an amazing storyline full of intrigue and wonderful characters. One of those books you can't wait to get to the end of, but hate when it's over. Read it, you won't be sorry!
StoreyBookReviews 12 days ago
I will probably not do this review justice but I'll tell you right off the bat I LOVED this book and could not put it down.  The intrigue, the danger, the interwoven storylines....all of this make Dragonfly one of the best books I have read all year. "One loose thread can unravel the whole ball of twine." Truer words were never spoken when it comes to this book.  This book follows five spies for the OSS (Office of Strategic Services, a real government agency during WWII in case you didn't know) and their various missions in Paris to seek information about the Germans and help end this war sooner rather than later.  While they know all five will be there, where the drop box is located to pass along information, and the mural for coded messages, they do not know each other's cover names, stories, or missions.  Yet, as this story progresses their missions become intertwined and it is just a matter of time before all hell breaks loose! This story kept me up many late nights because I could not put the book down!  I felt my breath catching and my heart skipping a beat as I followed these five spies across Paris serving their country but also for some personal reasons.  The story starts out as we are introduced to the six main characters - the five spies and their handler.  The book opens in 1962 which is approximately 20 years after they are recruited and it is about time for a reunion that they planned before they set off to Paris.  There are actually two reunions, one more immediate after the war and then this one twenty years later.  As the last reunion is about to commence, Alistar (the handler) discovers a book that tells the story of their mission, Dragonfly.  This starts a journey for the author and his source and brings back many memories of the war and how the situations played out for everyone. "On into late fall and throughout the rest of the year, Dragonfly hovered close to waters teeming with an increasingly frantic enemy." This line reflects the pace of the book for me.  Most of it was quick but there were times where the story played out in a calmer fashion.  Having both types of situations made the story that much more appealing to me.  I watched one of the characters mourn for the loss of someone close to her, another rejoice in finding family, and all of them learn something about themselves that they probably never would have expected - the fortitude to continue despite the circumstances or situations.  It also reflected the mindset of some of the Germans in Paris and what they truly thought about Hitler and what was coming down the pike regarding the war. I found the story well crafted and for the author to be able to intersect the missions of the various characters was genius.  There is so much more that could have been written about the war and potentially even expanded the missions of the characters, but it was wrapped up quite nicely and I found myself shedding a few tears at the end.  So be prepared and have a tissue on hand. If I could give this book more than 5 paws I would in a heartbeat.  If you love historical fiction you will want to pick up this book and read it soon.
JennaBelden 16 days ago
I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and I have a deep love for WWII fiction, particularly those with female protagonists. I don’t necessarily gravitate towards spy novels, and while Dragonfly IS a tale of espionage, it reads more like literary fiction with beautiful, concise prose, superb imagery, and simply wonderful storytelling. It is a story of bravery, adventure, friendship, survival, and self-discovery, Dragonfly is one EPIC book. The meat and potatoes of the book span from May 1942 to August 1944, when five young adults are recruited by the OSS to run a clandestine operation in France. The plot is engrossing and nerve-wracking, as this was a time in France when the slightest thing might arouse suspicion, and the circumstances the five spies often found themselves in will leave you holding your breath! Meacham successfully weaves together individual plotlines and subplots to make a layered and complex story. Characters find themselves in dangerous situations and cleverly work their way out, especially when plotline unexpectedly overlap. It’s all a bit of luck and circumstance and opportunity mixed together with a lot of risks. She also does an incredible job with the setting, one aspect of the book that drew me in on an emotional level. Her writing beautifully reflects a sense of the time – the faded beauty of a war-torn Paris, the tension, fear, and suspicion felt by the French as well as the fierce pride they held for their country. Leila Meacham is wonderful at character development and the characters in this story are realistic and complex, brave, and diverse in their backgrounds. They are literally plucked out of their regular lives and put in this very unexpected role that is both secret and important, and that is part of what makes it so fascinating. The plot unfolds steadily and there are risks and near misses at every turn, and with them come some twists that I definitely did not expect. These extraordinary characters will pull you into their stories and keep you turning pages.
RuthieJonesTX 17 days ago
"No one completes their missions with clean consciences. Dirty dealing is part of the job." Dragonfly by Leila Meacham is a literary gem that must not be missed. The writing, the storytelling, the characters, and the plot are all deeply exquisite and will remain with you for a long time. The five young Americans operating under the code name Dragonfly have willingly chosen to live and work in occupied Paris as spies to help thwart the dastardly efforts of Hitler and his evil regime. These five agents have been trained and given code names, and they know next to nothing about each other for safety reasons. Yet the bond they form during their training is unbreakable and timeless and absolutely beautiful. These characters often seem too good to be true, too perfect perhaps, yet that works well here because their wholesomeness and kindness are brilliantly juxtaposed with the horrors of war and the despicable actions of the Nazis and others claiming loyalty to Hitler. That contrast strengthens the idea that good really does eventually prevail and rise from the ashes of hate and misery. The three men and two women that form Dragonfly are tasked with pulling off a feat that involves cunning, courage, subterfuge, an ingenious way to communicate with each other, and the willingness to choose death rather betray their country, the members of Dragonfly, or the man who handpicked them for this mission, Alistair Renault. The reader knows from the beginning that one of the five is executed, but which one and why? What really happened that day when three of the other four witnessed the apparent fall of one of their own? There is more here than meets the eye, and the story that unfolds across the many chapters is a journey like no other. The characters are beguiling as the author brings them to life and makes you care about them and about several other characters orbiting around them. As the five become entrenched in their separate yet somewhat linked missions, the inevitable fate of their best laid plans starts to appear.  "Gradually, the cards begin to fall." And when that house of cards begins to crumble for Dragonfly, the danger and the action become almost too overwhelming, yet closing the book is not an option until that final chapter is devoured. Yes, Dragonfly is lengthy, but the story never feels too slow or even too long. The characterization drives this literary masterpiece, and the author weaves a tapestry of words that will pull you in, fully capture your heart and imagination, and then take your breath away. Historical fiction bookshelves are filled with war stories about spies and espionage and daring escapades, and Dragonfly has all of that and more. But this story is a bit different in that while WWII is the main backdrop, the overall focus here is more on relationships, betrayal, unlikely allegiances, and hope. These young agents are engaged in a covert and treacherous battle for secrets and survival, and trust is a luxury that they can ill afford. But what if trust is the only thing that can save them? You seriously do not want to miss this one!
Anonymous 28 days ago
Loved it. I could not put the book down...
mamalovestoread22 29 days ago
Dragonfly introduces readers to five carefully selected Americans that are about to embark on an mission to fight for their country during WWII. Each of them come from different backgrounds, have different skills that will aid in the journey, but all have one common goal ... to protect their country. This sweeping historical tale comes with bits of everything to keep you engaged. There's thrilling action to keep you on the edge of your seat, suspense and drama to keep you turning the pages, and bravery and perseverance to inspire. I loved delving into these characters lives and following them along on their courageous journey, it was downright absorbing! This beautifully penned tale is certain to be a favorite among historical fiction fans, it's powerful words will grab you from the first paragraph and won't let go. Highly recommend! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
nhr3bookcrazyNR 3 months ago
LOVED IT! Very impressive. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what was going to happen to each and every character. This is the first book I've read by this author. Now I have to go and read her other books. This one was great!
Anonymous 3 months ago
boring, word diarrhea