Temperance’s Trial is a great introduction to the Virtues and Valor series. Each novella builds upon the one before it and by the end of the series, the reader will have a complete account of the seven women who are the focus of these stories.
Marie, who goes by the code name of Temperance, is the primary character in this book. I liked her and felt very nervous for her as she worked to transmit coded messages from the heart of occupied France during WWII. There are many interesting characters in this story and I am wondering how things will all play out in the end.
Filled with many tense moments, I found myself reluctant to set this book down. It will be fun to see how all of the stories intertwine. Be prepared that there is a cliff hanger at the end of this novella, so you will want to make sure and have the next novella ready to read. (4 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, through The Book Club Network, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Third Reich Seeks to Extract the Information She Alone Knows
MARIE GILBERT and her elder brother flee from Vichy France after the Gestapo arrest her father for suspicion of aiding Jewish children to escape the oncoming fascist front. Once in London, Marie is recruited into an experimental all female cohort dubbed the Virtues, a collection of seven extraordinary women with highly specialized skills.
Known only by her code name, TEMPERANCE, she is trained to operate a wireless radio and returns to her beloved France. With a new identity, Marie clandestinely communicates vital intelligence directly back to Headquarters but unwillingly attracts the attention and apparent adoration of a handsome but ruthless Nazi officer, Oberleutnant LEOPOLD SCHÄFER.
As the H-hour to execute their daring mission draws ever closer, Marie plays a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the unrelenting and merciless young Lieutenant Schäfer and the Nazi soldiers under his command.
TEMPERANCE’S TRIAL is part one of seven serialized novellas entitled the Virtues and Valor series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hallee Bridgeman is a best-selling Christian author who writes action-packed romantic suspense focusing on realistic characters who face real world problems. Her work has been described as everything from refreshing to heart-stopping exciting and edgy.
An Army brat turned Floridian, Hallee finally settled in central Kentucky with her family so that she could enjoy the beautiful changing of the seasons. She enjoys the roller-coaster ride thrills that life with a National Guard husband, a teenaged daughter, and two elementary aged sons delivers.
A prolific writer, when she’s not penning novels, you will find her in the kitchen, which she considers the ‘heart of the home’. Her passion for cooking spurred her to launch a whole food, real food “Parody” cookbook series. In addition to nutritious, Biblically grounded recipes, readers will find that each cookbook also confronts some controversial aspect of secular pop culture.
Hallee is a member of the Published Author Network (PAN) of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) where she serves as a long time board member in the Faith, Hope, & Love chapter. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the American Christian Writers (ACW) as well as being a member of Novelists, Inc. (NINC).
Hallee loves coffee, campy action movies, and regular date nights with her husband. Above all else, she loves God with all of her heart, soul, mind, and strength; has been redeemed by the blood of Christ; and relies on the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide her. She prays her work here on earth is a blessing to you and would love to hear from you. You can reach Hallee at firstname.lastname@example.org.