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?
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.
A Forbes "Best Historical Novels for Summer 2019"
"Gripping...In this fast-paced and enjoyable WWII espionage tale, Meacham takes readers to 1942 Nazi-occupied Paris to follow five American spies as they attempt to gather information to assist Allied and French Resistance forces.... Meacham's nail-biting tale will please fans looking for an intricate story of spycraft and deception."— Publishers Weekly
"Complex, epic, and rich in historical detail-an uplifting story of finding friendship behind enemy lines."— Kirkus
"Meacham ratchets the suspense ever tighter, while providing fascinating backstory on the intrepid five [American spies] as well as delivering a detail-rich portrait of Paris during the Occupation."— Booklist
"Leila Meacham is a gift to readers everywhere. With scope and daring, she creates worlds in her fiction that keep us turning pages long into the night. Sumptuous, full bodied and emotional, Dragonfly soars."— Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of Tony's Wife
"I was immediately taken by the powerful and poetic storytelling of Leila Meacham. Dragonfly is a meticulously researched novel filled with unforgettable characters during the darkest time in history. Simply unstoppable!"— Armando Lucas Correa, New York Times bestselling author of The German Girl
"Dragonfly is a thrilling spy novel with a tender heart, a plot full of surprising twists, and a rich tapestry of historical detail. Caught up in the complexities of sympathetic characters whose divided loyalties force them to make dangerous choices, I couldn't stop turning the pages."— Kim van Alkemade, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan #8 and Bachelor Girl
"Meacham's impeccable pacing and razor-wire tension evoke the daily drama of life under a Reich whose French reign might have lasted little more than four years but felt like the thousand years that it threatened to endure."— Bookpage
"Thrilling."— B&N Reads, July's Best New Fiction
"Dragonfly is one of those books you cannot put down...A masterpiece of story-telling with greatly written characters during one of the world's worst times with five brave Americans who put country over their own lives."— Red Carpet Crash
"Set in German-occupied Paris during World War II, this captivating novel stars five young Americans who received mysterious letter asking them to "serve their country." They agree, creating a secret group---code-named Dragonfly---that goes undercover to infiltrate Nazi ranks. But when one of them is captured, they begin to question if things are what they seem. With drama and danger, it's impossible to put down."— Woman's World
"A riveting read. So many World War II stories are nothing but men and their guns...It's especially refreshing to see a story like this so focused on women who are as capable and gutsy as the men, with Victoria in particular being a standout character....There are more than a few surprises in Dragonfly, and the short, choppy chapters tend to leave you multiple cliffhangers to keep you hooked...As a novel it captures the espionage side of World War II, as well as the men and women who served in secret, with admirable grace and power."— Houston Chronicle
"Meacham hooks the reader in the first paragraph and keeps the pages turning as the characters live on the brink of one potential clandestine calamity after another...Meacham's other historical novels, besides Roses, are Tumbleweeds, Somerset, and Titans. Each is an engaging and powerful tale, but Dragonfly may well be the most thrilling of them all."— Abilene Reporter News, A "Texas Reads" Pick
"A gripping tale."— D Magazine
"The thrills are tingly rather than electrifying, the leads are superficially satisfying, and the enemies meet their appropriate ends. A long and leisurely spy novel, reminiscent of a 1950s move."—Library Journal
"Dragonfly by Leila Meacham is a spellbinding novel. The story from the very first line pulls readers into the mystery: which of the five American spies embedded in Nazi occupied Paris has survived? The dramatic scenes are riveting as each character plays a cat and mouse game with the Nazis."— Crimespree
"[An] engrossing story."— Historical Novel Society
PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS LEILA MEACHAM NOVELS
"Roses heralded as the new Gone with the Wind."—USA Today (Praise for Roses)
"As large, romantic, and American a tale as Texas itself."—Booklist (praise for Roses)
"It's been almost 30 years since the heyday of giant epics...but Meacham's debut might bring them back. Readers who like an old-fashioned saga will devour this sprawling novel of passion and revenge."—Library Journal (praise for Roses)