First Line Friday (week 333): Code Name Edelweiss

Posted March 16, 2023 by meezcarrie in Christian, First Line Fridays, historical, Stephanie Landsem / 25 Comments

Happy Friday & welcome to the First Line Friday link-up! It’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today I’m featuring the first line of Code Name Edelweiss by Stephanie Landsem – a new historical fiction based on a little-known true story in which Hitler’s plans to take over 1930s Hollywood were foiled by a network of amateur spies.

and the first line is…

“A girl like you oughta be in pictures.”


“What I am looking for—what I desperately need, Mrs. Weiss—is a spy.”

Adolf Hitler is still a distant rumble on the horizon, but a Jewish spymaster and his courageous spies uncover a storm of Nazi terror in their own backyard.

In the summer of 1933, a man named Adolf Hitler is the new and powerful anti-Semitic chancellor of Germany. But in Los Angeles, no-nonsense secretary Liesl Weiss has concerns much closer to home. The Great Depression is tightening its grip and Liesl is the sole supporter of two children, an opinionated mother, and a troubled brother.

Leon Lewis is a Jewish lawyer who has watched Adolf Hitler’s rise to power—and the increase in anti-Semitism in America—with growing alarm. He believes Nazi agents are working to seize control of Hollywood, the greatest propaganda machine the world has ever known. The trouble is, authorities scoff at his dire warnings.

When Liesl loses her job at MGM, her only choice is to work with Leon Lewis and the mysterious Agent Thirteen to spy on her friends and neighbors in her German American community. What Leon Lewis and his spies find is more chilling—and more dangerous—than any of them suspected.

Code Name Edelweiss is based on a true story, unknown until recent years: How a lone Jewish lawyer and a handful of amateur spies discovered and foiled Adolf Hitler’s plan to take over Hollywood.

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25 responses to “First Line Friday (week 333): Code Name Edelweiss

  1. Love that it’s week 333. That has to be a good week! I’m reading The Metropolitan Affair by Jocelyn Green. First line: “Dead people were easy to talk to.” 🙂 Loved that!

  2. Stephanie Landsem

    I’m reading A Noble Cunning by Patricia Bernstein. First line: I had gone to bed early and slept soundly until I was awakened by a wild noise.

  3. „The nothing-place between leaving and arriving during faster-than-light travel isn‘t really Hell.“
    A few centuries later or in a galaxy far far awy from your book… 😉

  4. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading Everything is Just Beginning by Erin Bartels. It’s pretty awesome!
    “How about 492?
    I looked up from the clipboard in my lap. “You don’t like The Replacements?”
    I hope you have a really excellent weekend!

  5. Definitely adding this one to my TBR now.. I have watched quite a few movies recently based on true stories set around this time (including Operation Mincemeat and The Edge of War).. and books set in this time are among my favorite..

  6. Gloria A

    This is the first line from The Promised Amish Bride by Marta Perry: The country road was a familiar as Aaron King’s own body, even after all these years away.

  7. I love the cover of this book! I’m reading Yosemite Firestorm by Tanya Stowe. The first line is: “Olivia Chatham pulled her ranger Jeep into the parking lot of the hiking trail near Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows and groaned.”

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