Natasha Lester, the author of “The Three Lives Of Alix St. Pierre” has written an intriguing, riveting, and thought-provoking novel. The genres for this novel are Historical Fiction, World War Two, Fashion, and Literary Fiction. The timeline for this story is before World War Two, during, and after. The author vividly describes her colorful and dramatic characters as complex and complicated. During World War Two, some of the characters are spies and traitors, and there are betrayals, poor communication, danger, and espionage.There are issues of inequality of men and women in service to their country, in the job force, and dealing with purchasing, banking, and inheritances.
One of the protagonists, Alix St. Pierre, was orphaned at 13, and went to live with her wealthy friend Lillie and her family. Alix did have scholarships and opportunities to learn languages and so much more. She enlists as a spy during World War Two, and heads to Europe, where is is difficult to trust anyone. She provides information essential to the United States and England. After the war, Alix works for House of Dior. Unfortunately, her past comes to haunt her when she realizes that a German informant is still alive and she is in grave danger.
Alix realizes that the press can be her friend or enemy. She is on a mission to wrong tragedies and terrible mistakes that caused the lives of many innocent people. Alix has to face and deal with the past to make peace with the present and future.
Natasha Lester has done tremendous research about this era. I appreciate that the author discusses the sisterhood of strong and courageous women, and stresses the importance of equality for women. I highly recommend this memorable and heartfelt novel.