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A female American spy in Nazi-occupied France finds purpose behind enemy lines in a novel of unparalleled danger, love, and daring.


Anna Cavanaugh dreamed of a worthy, adventurous life. Instead, the restless young widow and brilliant linguist teaches French at an all-girls school in Washington, D.C. Everything changes when she’s recruited into the Office of Strategic Services by a family friend and legendary WWI hero.

Major General William Donovan has faith in her–and in all his “glorious amateurs” who are becoming Anna’s fast friends: Maggie, Anna’s down-to-earth mentor; Irene, struggling to find support for her clandestine life from her husband; and Julia, a cheerful OSS liaison. But the more Anna learns about the secret missions, the more she longs to be stationed abroad. Then comes the opportunity: going undercover as a female spy in the French Resistance. Anna’s not only returning to an endangered city she adores, but is also getting a chance to live a life with meaning.

Dispatched behind enemy lines, Anna is filled with adrenaline, passion, and fear, and driven to make a difference–for her country, for the allies, and for herself. Anna’s found her purpose. Whatever the risk, she’s willing to take it to help liberate France from the shadows of oppression, and to free herself from the shadows of her old life.

The Secret Stealers is a flawlessly crafted and engrossing story of the unexpected ways in which war changes who we are. Once again, Healey gifts readers with her trademark characters: everyday women who prove themselves to be extraordinary—women so relatable, so endearing, and so brave that they jump off the page and into our hearts.

Set against the fascinating and well-researched history of the OSS, Jane Healey has crafted a remarkable story of perseverance, friendship, and the adventurous spirit and bravery of women who were instrumental to the Allies’ efforts during WWII. This novel captured my heart while speeding up my pulse with its triumphs and tragedies; suspense and struggle; and ultimately, redemption, revelation, and reflection. Fans of Kate Quinn and Martha Hall Kelly will love this book.

The Secret Stealers is World War II historical fiction about women spies that offers the rare balance of nail-biting action with strong, fully-developed characters who embrace friendship, empowerment, and romance. Jane Healey’s crew of intrepid women are equally at home navigating the intrigue of the OSS in Washington D.C. and the dangers of war-torn France. This is one not to be missed!


  1. The women in the novel defied common conventions about gender during the 1940s. How do you think the characters’ experiences might have been different if they lived in today’s world? In what ways might their experiences be similar?
  2. War makes ordinary people do extraordinary things – whether it’s going to great lengths to survive, or sacrificing one’s own life to save others. What impacts does the war have on the characters in the book? How might the characters’ lives unfolded differently had the war not happened?
  3. Florence Jay Gould was an upper class American who chose a very different path as an ex-patriot in Paris than American Dr. Sumner Jackson, who chose to work with the Resistance. Discuss.
  4. Who was your favorite character in the novel? Who was your least favorite?
  5. Did any plot twists completely surprise you?
  6. If given the opportunity do go overseas as a spy for the OSS, do you think you would do it?
  7. Did the book give you a better understanding of life under Nazi occupation during World War II?
  8. Did you realize while reading that Julia McWilliams was the chef Julia Child? If yes, at one point in the story?
  9. Did any of the author’s notes at the end surprise you? If yes, which one(s)?


Many of the questions I receive about the the OSS, the SOE, The French Resistance and The Secret Stealers are covered in in my presentations. Be sure to sign up for my mailing list to receive upcoming invitations. Also, check out my recorded Webinar which offers a sneak peak about this new book.

The inspiration came from an article I read about former intelligence agents during WWII. Here are a couple that truly inspired me:

Unlike The Beantown Girls and The Saturday Evening Girls Club, the topics of WWII intelligence and the French Resistance are quite broad. My research therefore was quite extensive. Here’s just one of my bookshelves with some of the research books for The Secret Stealers.

There are a number of key figures of the war I drew inspiration from, or included directly in the book. Here are just a few:

Most of the scenes and the characters are based on real people, places and true events. The cover of book features a stone staircase very similar to the one next to the Passy Metro station in Paris. Several scenes take place on Avenue Foche and the surrounding areas of the 16th arrondissement. The Nazis took over this upscale neighborhood not only to live and have office space, but also to jail and torture agents of La Resistance.

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The Secret Stealers Sneak Peak – Webinar

August 21, 2020
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Jane Healey Webinar Presentation The Secret Stealers

My new book, The Secret Stealers, is coming and I can’t wait to tell you about it. No spoilers will be revealed, but I will share some of the fascinating history about the women of the Office of Strategic Services and the French Resistance during WWII. 

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