Saturday, March 28, 2015

Homeland's Hope (Virtues and Valor, Part 2) by Hallee Bridgeman

Title: Homeland’s Hope (Virtues and Valor, Part 2)
Author: Hallee Bridgeman
Pages: 100 (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 2.

     Stage and screen legend VIRGINIA BENOIT performs for standing room only crowds in her adopted home of France. When the Nazis roll into Paris, she flees to Casablanca, taking the heart of an enemy General with her. While there, Virginia devises a plan to use her position, her talent, and influence with the high ranking Axis officer to aid the Allied cause.

     Virginia joins the Virtues team, assigned the code-name HOPE. Her keen mind trains in the craft of espionage. After staging a rift with the US, she returns to Paris, hiding undercover in plain sight, and spies on the enemy. All is well until the Third Reich imprisons the Virtues wireless operator, code named Temperance.

     As the Virtues engineer a plan to rescue Temperance from the Gestapo’s clutches, Virginia takes to the stage to play her part in the daring mission. Will the murderous racism of the Nazi High Command prevent her from fulfilling her duties?

     HOMELAND’S HOPE is part two of seven serialized novellas entitled the Virtues and Valor series.

     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 another great historical novella by Hallee.

     I love the way that Hallee introduces us to Virginia Benoit. We see from the very beginning that her passion is for singing and that she has an incredible talent for it as well. We are given a fantastic explanation of her childhood and the racism that she has faced her whole life. She has grown into an extremely strong and courageous woman that is willing to put her life on the line to stand up against evil for the sake of others. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story of her endeavor to combat the bullies of WWII. I look forward to reading the other parts of this serialized novel.

     As with part 1, I am giving this part 5 stars. It is definitely worth you taking your time to read these wonderful novellas. I highly recommend this one, even as I did part 1.

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