Shining Through

Shining Through It s and Linda Voss legal secretary extraordinaire has a secret She s head over heels in love with her boss John Berringer the pride of the Ivy League Not that she even has a chance he d neve

  • Title: Shining Through
  • Author: Susan Isaacs
  • ISBN: 9780061853098
  • Page: 215
  • Format: ebook
  • It s 1940 and Linda Voss, legal secretary extraordinaire, has a secret She s head over heels in love with her boss, John Berringer, the pride of the Ivy League Not that she even has a chance he d never take a second look at a German Jewish girl from Queens who spends her time taking care of her faded beauty of a mother and following bulletins on the war in Europe For LIt s 1940 and Linda Voss, legal secretary extraordinaire, has a secret She s head over heels in love with her boss, John Berringer, the pride of the Ivy League Not that she even has a chance he d never take a second look at a German Jewish girl from Queens who spends her time taking care of her faded beauty of a mother and following bulletins on the war in Europe For Linda, though, the war will soon become all too real Engulfing her nation and her life, it will offer opportunities she s never dreamed of A chance to win the man she wantsa chance to find the love she deserves.Made into the movie of the same name starring Melanie Griffith, Michael Douglas, and Liam Neeson, Shining Through is a novel of honor, sacrifice, passion, and humor This is vintage Susan Isaacs, a tale of a spirited woman who wisecracks her way into heroism and history and into your heart.

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    1. Full Disclosure: This was one of my favorite comfort books (reread regularly) when I was in my early 20s and I thought it was time for a re-read. So, the five stars are because this book has been so loved. It is not a masterpiece, it does feel just a slight bit dated in some of the attitudes but the story is so fabulous. Isaacs knows how to spin a yarn, shape characters and give them distinctive, compelling voices and the story here is fantastic (would I like an extra chapter to see that first T [...]

    2. Compromising Positions was Susan Isaacs' first novel. She's since written many since then. All of them are entertaining. A couple have been made into pretty bad movies. My favorites are Compromising Positions, Close Relations, Almost Paradise, and Shining Through, which is really worth reading. It's interesting and entertaining and contains one of the best opening paragraphs (3 paragraphs to be exact) that I've ever read. I've quoted them below. In 1940, when I was thirty-one and an old maid, wh [...]

    3. Oh, what a book, and oh, what a heroine. There's nobody quite like Linda; a Jewish-German secretary from Queens with a foul mouth, a wry sense of humor, and enough steel in her spine to build a bridge cable. Linda works for movie-star-handsome Wall Street lawyer John, fantasizing about her boss by day and taking care of her alcoholic mother by night, as Hitler rises in Europe. A passionate love affair and an unplanned pregnancy lead to a marriage proposal from John, but this fairy tale doesn't e [...]

    4. Not a horrible read once I got about 50 or so pages into it, but up until then I was pretty bored. Ultimately I guess I didn't really care that much for the heroine, nor her voice as narrator.I felt like the book had an identity crisis. At first you just see a fairly smart girl with a hopeless crush, then you wade through a foolish office romance, then you take a deeper look into romantic and familial relationships, then suddenly you're reading an adventure/spy novel, and finally it turns out it [...]

    5. I read this because when I was younger I was a fan of the film starring Melanie Griffith, Michael Douglas, and Liam Neeson. I knew it was based on this book by Susan Isaacs and for years this has been on my to-read list. Now I’ve finally read it andh. I wish I could’ve loved it, or more specifically I wish it could’ve been more like the film. That’s what I saw first and that’s the story I fell in love with. This one? Nope.The main character, Linda Voss, wasn’t as likable. She had her [...]

    6. If I have to know where my book is all the time I rate it a 5. Because the personality of the main character is quite unique, I didn't know what she was going to do next. I suppose some of the story line is somewhat predictable but I was so entranced in reading the words right in front of me I really didn't speculate the course of what was to come.I enjoy books set in WWII. For all it's hideous nature, it was a time that found ordinary people thinking about how they could aid the war effort. Esp [...]

    7. What happens when Cinderella gets her prince? More than you'd think, in this wonderful WWII historical novel -- part romance, part spy thriller -- by Susan Isaacs, one of my favorite writers (this is her only historical; her others are contemporary). Linda Voss is a thirtyish, half-Jewish secretary in a New York law firm, madly in love with her boss, John Berringer, who's married to Nan Leland, the daughter of Edward Leland, a senior partner in the law firm. When Nan leaves John for another man, [...]

    8. First of all, I have to say that this book is almost NOTHING like the movie. It is way, way better. Even though I didn't always like the narrator, Linda Voss, I did love her story. Shining Through is a great big sprawling saga of a 30-something Jewish secretary from Queens. She starts off having a crush on her uber-WASP boss at the law firm. Her knowledge of German and his focus on international law lead Linda down some interesting, if not entirely easy roads. Those who have seen the movie will [...]

    9. This is one of the most boring books I've ever read! The movie, however, is soooo much better and one of my favorites. I saw the movie first and then decided to read the book and I'm glad I did because if I'd read the book first, I probably would have never seen the movie. It was like the director read the book. liked the premise of the book but had to totally rewrite the script to make the movie much more interesting. I highly recommend the movie! The book -- not so much!

    10. I discovered Shining Through in my late teens/early twenties, and read it again and again and again. I reread it again this year after not going back to it for quite a while (I don't have a review of it on the blog, which suggests I hadn't reread it since 2002. That can't be right, surely? I guess I stopped rereading frequently since I started my switch to ebooks). I'm always a little bit worried when I do that, afraid that the book won't be quite as amazing as I remember, or that it might have [...]

    11. Set in the 1940s, this novel shows us the divide in the business world between women's role as secretaries and companions and the men's role as lawyers and thinkers. Women aren't given much credit for an ability to think. The main character, Linda Voss, breaks through that mold, obsessed with the rise of Hitler and making perspicacious conclusions about his impact on Europe and the world. But none of the women want to listen to that (they are more interested in gossip and fashion) and the men wo [...]

    12. Linda Voss is the narrator of her own story as a bilingual (English/German) secretary from Queens in a Wall Street law firm in 1940. At age 31, she considers herself an "old maid" with no regrets for turning down early marriage proposals, but clinging to a fantasy love for her brilliant, elegant, gorgeous (and married) boss, John Berringer -- a secret she shares with nobody, not even her closest friend. John's father-in-law, WWI war hero Edward Leland, is a well-respected member of the firm who [...]

    13. On the whole, I don't read a lot of love stories. I guess I usually find them corny and overly sentimental. I read Susan Isaacs because she doesn't just write love stories; she writes amazing fiction. Most of her tales are set in the present, but this wonderful little dose of historical fiction was just right for me. It's Isaacs at her best, which means excellent writing.One of the things I like about her premises (in general) is that she favors either the working class woman, or a woman scorned [...]

    14. This has been on my wartime reading list for a while, so I decided to tackle it before the year ends. In the past I've enjoyed the wildly popular, often humorous fiction by this author, so I was curious to see how she handled her first foray into historical fiction.It was the usual quick, entertaining read. My criticism is the timing -- more than half of the book concerns the heroine's affair with her boss in New York. It isn't until WELL into the story that she suddenly, shockingly, (and somewh [...]

    15. The story is narrated by Linda Voss, a sassy and smart secretary from Queens who works for a top Wall Street law firm. She falls madly in love with her boss, John Berringer, and after his divorce, becomes his next conquest. Through John, she meets Ed Leland, a lawyer who also works in counterintelligence. When the U.S. becomes involved in the war, Linda is compelled to do everything she can to help, partly due to the fact that she is half Jewish, so she takes a job as Ed's secretarial translator [...]

    16. Nazis, spys, trains, romance, suspense. What more need I say? This book was good! And I loved the movie. when they play "I'll be seeing you" and Melanie Griffith sees Michael Douglas with another woman. She didn't act like it didn't bother her, she was just honest and had tears in her eyes. It brings to mind that quote from "Sound of Music" There's nothing more irresistible to a man than a woman who's in love with him. Don't know if it's true, but it ought to be.

    17. I've read this several times, seen the movie , and have this on tape. The movie is good, but doesn't follow the book. The absolute best book and audio book ever.You won't believe how good Stockard Channing is as the book's reader for the audio book. She's witty and snappy, just like the main character in the book.Melanie Griffith was so wrong for the part it was unbelievable. She has a baby voice, which couldn't be further from the author's wishes.

    18. This is the Isaacs book that I come back to again and again. I love the heroine Linda Voss; she is spunky and smart and completely real. Her weakness for the godlike John Berringer makes her all the more believable.

    19. A wonderful book. Forgot that I loved it until Jennifer Wiener reminded me. And hubba hubba, Michael Douglas in the movie version is hot, hot, hot!

    20. This book was a pleasant surprise. It came highly recommended, but I held off because it was a romance written in the 80's and I usually don't like to read older romances. However, this book was so much more, it was historical fiction ( the story takes places in World War 2) with a different sort of romance. It didn't focus on her finding love with a deserving man, but find the life she deserved regardless of the men in her life. I enjoyed this story immensely and recommended it anyone that like [...]

    21. Set in the 1940s, Linda is a secretary with a crush on her boss and an interest in the latest news on Hitler's invasions. The first half is like a romantic comedy, making me chuckle numerous times. Then, although the humor is still present, it turns more serious when the war escalates and threatens the U.S Great read!

    22. This was SO good!! Definitely fed my fix for another female spy story. The heroine, Linda, had a lot going on way before she became a spy. I loved that this book had such a great build up to the very intense ending.

    23. An exceedingly bright blue-collar worker around the time of WWII "shines through," despite all the obstacles precluding women's and working class people's success. Excellent plot, well-done historical setting. A great read.

    24. Not great literature, but a good story and enjoyable to read. The book is about an American woman who goes to Berlin during WW II as a spy. Good vacation book.

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