Atomic Love
Jennie Fields

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Narrated By: Cassandra Campbell

Duration: 12 hours and 6 minutes

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The stunning novel about our fiercest loyalties, deepest desires and the power of forgiveness.

Chicago, 1950: Rosalind Porter is unfulfilled, heartbroken and angry.

Five years ago her career as a scientist was sabotaged by the man who also broke her heart: former Manhattan Project colleague Thomas Weaver.

Now, out of the blue, Thomas gets back in touch: he urgently needs to see her.

Rosalind is wary, can she let him back into her life and risk being hurt all over again?

But then someone changes her mind - FBI agent Charlie Szydlo.

He suspects Thomas of selling atomic secrets to Russia, and he needs her help to find out the truth.

But is it the truth about what Thomas might have done or the truth about his feelings for her that really matters? And at the back of her mind is Charlie - a good man whose pain she is drawn to healing.

Torn between two men, Rosalind faces a heartbreaking choice . . .

© Jennie Fields 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


Romance, Narrative theme: Love & relationships, Espionage & spy thriller, Historical crime & mysteries, The Cold War, Nuclear weapons, Espionage & secret services

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The smart, warmhearted, and haunted heroine at the centre of Atomic Love is just one of the complex characters that enrich this imaginative page-turner. Field's sharp eye for detail never slows the action, but sensuously immerse the reader in time and place

author of The Chaperone

A page-turning thriller that's also an exploration of the competing pressures on women that still resonates today. This one goes to the top of your pile

author of The Art Forger

A highly-charged love story

bestselling author of Where the Crawdads Sing

Fields combines a paean to feminist empowerment with old-fashioned romance...atmospheric, historically interesting escapism

Kirkus Reviews

A beautifully rendered love story entwined in a page-turning espionage thriller. Fields packs the pages of this wonderful novel with fascinating facts about the Cold War and characters that are complex and compelling. A must-read!

author of The Light After War

Atomic Love had me in its thrall from page one. How rewarding to follow these sympathetic, brilliantly drawn characters through their affairs of state and heart. Thank you, Jennie Fields, for this terrific, atmospheric, suspenseful and wholly gratifying read

author of Then She Found Me and Good Riddance

Fields creates authentic female characters teetering on the verge of the women's movement, struggling to claim their place in the world. Inspired by history, Fields' fifth novel is a love story filled with passion, betrayal, mystery, and liberation


Atomic Love lives up to its name - explosive and passionate, this is a story that you will not want to put down, and that will resonate long after it has ended. Fields has an unerring gift for recreating the past, and making it live and breathe like the present

author of Not Our Kind

This involving novel deals with the dilemma faced by so many women of the time

Literary Review

Science, love, espionage, and a heroine who carves a strong path in the world of men. There is nothing left to want

Ann Patchett

Atomic Love is so propulsive that 'page-turner' doesn't do it justice...At the heart of it all is a brilliant, damaged woman determined to save herself and the whole human race. The world could not be in better hands

author of Late Migrations

Brimming with espionage and passion, Atomic Love shines a light on the private lives of scientists involved with the Manhattan Project and the growing threat of nuclear Russia. Taut, atmospheric, and wholly immersive, Atomic Love is a thrilling read for historical fiction lovers

New York Times bestselling author of New Year in Havana

Full of intrigue and good old fashioned espionage, Fields has created a flawed and ferocious heroine in the intelligent Rosalind Porter. A captivating must-read with a cast of crafty characters so engaging I was sad to see it come to its glorious end

author of The Flight Girls

A novel of science, love, espionage, beautiful writing, and a heroine who carves a strong path in the world of men. There is nothing left to want