Historical romances outside the usual Regency England are hard to come by, so when I saw this book on shelves(after reading the review in Romantic Times), I snapped it up. Elspeth McKendrick has written two other historicals set in the 20th century, with her last release, the equally suspenseful "Blood Moon Over Britain" set during WWII as well.
In Perfidia, Sophie de Havilland flees England with a broken heart to find refuge with her aunt, married to a German baron. However, 1939 Berlin is not the place for an enemy of the Nazi Party to reside, as Sophie soon discovers after the rose-tinted glass she wore concerning the Third Reich are quickly stripped from her eyes. In the meantime, she finds herself attracted to a half-American SS officer whose loyalties to the Reich are a bit murkier than her own. McKendrick successfully delivers a series of heart-stopping twists and conveys the period as if she'd lived through the times herself. While the romance between Sophie and Karl take a backseat to the suspense, "Perfidia" is ultimately satisfying and I look forward to more novels from McKendrick.