Monday, March 30, 2015

Charity's Code (Virtues and Valor, Part 3) by Hallee Bridgeman

Title: Charity’s Code (Virtues and Valor, Part 3)
Author: Hallee Bridgeman
Pages: 96 (approximately)
Year: 2014
Publisher: Olivia Kimbrell Press
Note: I received a free eBook copy of this novella through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     The exciting Virtues and Valor serialized story continues with book 3!

     DOROTHY EWING never met a crossword puzzle that she couldn't solve with shocking speed. As a loving wife and mother of three children, she had an idyllic life with her home and her puzzles – until she had to see her husband off to war. Then the bombing of the Blitz began.

     Now her husband Tom is a POW in Occupied France, her children have been sent to the hopeful safety of her parents’ home in York, and she is working at Bletchley Park as an assistant to cryptanalysts. After cracking the code on an encrypted letter from her husband, she is recruited into a special team called The Virtues.

     She works on the home-front, receiving and sending messages to her team in France and coordinating a secret mission with her husband via coded letters. She intercepts the transmission from TEMPERANCE alerting to her blown cover. The clock is ticking in a race to save Temperance’s life. Information has to be sent to and received from the team on the ground. Can Charity help save her, or will the constraints of time and the efficiency of the Third Reich work against them?

     CHARITY’S CODE is part three of seven serialized novellas entitled the Virtues and Valor series.

     Seven valorous women – different nationalities, ethnicities, and social backgrounds – come together as a team called the Virtues.

     In 1941 Great Britain has a special war department that assembles an experimental and exclusively female cohort of combat operatives. Four willing spies, a wireless radio operator, an ingenious code breaker, and a fearless pilot are each hand-picked, recruited, and trained to initiate a daring mission in Occupied France. As plans are laid to engineer the largest prison break of Allied POWs in history, the Nazis capture the Virtues’ radio operator. It will take the cohesive teamwork of the rest of the women to save her life before Berlin breaks her and brings the force of the Third Reich to bear.

     Some find love, some find vengeance, and some discover the kind of strength that lives in the human heart when all they can do is rely on each other and their shared belief. Courage, faith and valor intersect but, in the end, one pays the ultimate price.

My review:

     This is a wonderful novella set during WWII.

     This story is a fantastic look at life for the wife of a WWII fighter pilot in England. I fell in love with the main character, Dorothy Ewing, from the first moment we see her with her husband and friends before the war starts. She is a wife and soon-to-be mother. I was able to relate to her and her love for her husband and her life. As the story progresses and England goes to war her strength and courage come to the forefront. We quickly learn how God has prepared her to be an asset to her country in their fight against Germany.

     The story flows smoothly and captured my attention. I couldn't stop reading it. I was completely caught up in the ongoing story that began in part of this serialized novel. I am going to have to read the rest of it. I need to find out how things end up for all of these incredible characters.

     I am highly recommending this novella and giving it 5 stars. This series is a great look at some of the truly incredible women from WWII.

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