Temperance's Trial - Part 1 of the Virtues and Valor Series

Rated 4.56/5 based on 9 reviews
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. More

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Words: 27,230
Language: English
ISBN: 9781939603562
About Hallee Bridgeman

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 hallee@bridgemanfamily.com

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Reviews

Review by: jkmarko on May 06, 2015 :
What a phenomenal book! I thoroughly enjoyed the story and then liked it even more when I got to the end and discovered how much truth the author had incorporated into the story! I feel like I learned some history about some key, behind the scenes people from WWII. The only problem I had with this book was it ended – I wanted to keep reading. Fortunately there is a sequel!
Marie is a French young lady who is forced to flee her country because of her efforts helping Jewish children. She makes it to England where she is recruited to be a wireless operator – and is soon sent back to France to work. She has to work fast so the Nazi’s won’t find her equipment. Will she be successful or will she be caught and killed? I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)

Review by: Bethany Marks on April 30, 2015 :
Could you or I ever face these kinds of decisions?
Hallee Bridgeman begins a Virtues and Valor series based on true heroines of WWII with Temperance’s Trial. Temperance AKA Marie Perrin AKA Marie Gilbert escapes the Nazis, ends up in England for specialized training and returns to France as a spy and uncover seamstress.
Biking through the countryside and transmitting on a wireless, you can almost smell the tomb she caches her code book in and feel Marie’s tension in conversation with a SS Officer who seems bent on dating her.
Hallee Bridgeman delivers amazing insight into the life of a female spy.
I especially enjoyed learning about the French pastors and French village who received recognition for their efforts in the underground. Learn more about The Righteous Among The Nations http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/righteous/related_sites.asp
Could you or I ever face these kinds of decisions: to value people in a crisis in spite of danger to those we love most? Faced with a child that I heard about or the one standing before me, what would I do? These French towns people must have made individual decisions over and over until it became resolve.
Reading Temperance’s Trial makes me want to value other’s lives even more.
I received a complimentary book from The Book Club Network at bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)

Review by: Jasmine Augustine on April 19, 2015 :
Temperance's Trial
An exciting beginning to this WWII serial story from Hallee Bridgeman. This story introduces the 7 “Virtues” and follows Marie “Temperance” to France and her work sending/receiving vital coded messages. Excitement and adventure are in store for readers in Temperance's Trial. The story is a quick, easy read and the cliffhanger at the end leave you anxiously opening the next chapter.

(I received a copy of this e-book from the author through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
(review of free book)

Review by: Tori Pless on March 30, 2015 :
This book was amazing. It was a fictionalized story about the actions of a real person. It is well written and riveting. My only regret about this book is that it ended way too soon. I am anxiously looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book. You will not be disappointed. I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.
(review of free book)

Review by: trcramer on March 29, 2015 :
“The story is dedicated to the amazing women who have worked, planned, strategized, served, led, and fought alongside men throughout human history.” Author Hallee Bridgeman.
An amazing story of bravery and heroism! It’s very important that you remember this novella is only part one of a 7 part series. So, while the book ends in a cliff hanger, you won’t be disappointed. This was an awesome Saturday afternoon read for me. This story focuses on Marie Gilbert, who is part of an experimental all female spy ring during World War II based out of London. The story immediately draws you in and never releases you from the heroic drama that unfolds. The best stories always include heroes or heroines who are willing to risk their own lives to save others. Therefore, this is one of those stories. Though the story is fiction, it is inspired by historical people and events. The additional actual history at the end of the book is extremely fascinating. I am ready for the second installment. This novella easily earns 5 stars from me.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)

Review by: Shan Hogan on Dec. 04, 2014 :
The first in a series of 7 novellas, so a quick read but so much excitement and drama. I am a big fan of Hallee and her writing, but this new series was even more than I could expect. I was hooked from the very first chapter. Talk about knowing how to get your attention. This book starts in France, 1940, with pounding on the door, which for anyone whom has read or watched war time movies knows these visits can come day or night, and one had to always be ready for them. And Marie Gilbert and her brother Edward definitely were. He was to take her to Switzerland while dad would be dealt with by the Vichy police as well as the Nazis. Plans had been made, things were set in place, including a car and how to get away fast and without leaving any trace of themselves.

And what crime had this family committed? They had sheltered Jewish children from the Germans, although thankfully no children were present at the time of their father's arrest.

1941 England We meet the members of this elite group, called Virtues: Hope-really Virginia Benoit, famous musician and entertainer, Faith-who looked no older than sixteen, Mercy-physician, Prudence-aristocrat, Grace-military strategist, Charity-British housewife who "could decode encrypted messages in her head nearly as fast as they could be written down." pg. 13 and of course Temperance-Marie.


TEMPERANCE Prohibitioin, moderation, or self-restraint, (especially in eating and drinking). Constant mindfulness of others and one's surrounding; practicing constant self-control, abstention, and moderation. Sobriety. pg. 10



The seven women would meet twice a week with a chaplain for worship, although more times where, "they gathered together to read scripture, pray for each other, sing a few hymns, and steal a few hours just talking in fellowship." pg. 10 What a blessing to know that when they would be split up, and they would be, that there were these ladies holding them and their situations up in prayer.


Marie is given her first assignment as a seamstress, and this cover was harder to learn how to operate the machine and its code.


Temperance and Prudence are dropped off in the middle of the night, out of an airplane. But all the while Temperance knew that God had His hand on her and all would be well. And things do seem to be going well. While biking to her new destination and life she feels alone and then remembers, "..she was never alone. Whispering to God as she pedaled, she thanked Him for safe arrival and prayed for continued protection." pg. 26


She is directed to a landlady whom rents to single women and quickly sets up shop there. Praetorian, her contact on the ground, also sets her up with a farmer willing to let her transmit on his property.


But then things start going wrong, and it all begins with pounding on the door again, and a German officer standing on the other side. The emotions she faces, panic-has she been discovered already?, nervous which she tries to play down with comedy, not wanting to offend but also not wanting to help, anger, nauseous and gratitude to God.


You will have to read on, as I don't want to ruin it for you, but let's just say that after reading the first one, can't wait to get my hands on the second one. So many questions to be answered, and I can't wait to learn more about these real women on whom these books are based. Even when the world was at its darkest, God was still alive and at work. Pick up this book and start the journey for yourself. You'll be glad you did.


I was given this book by bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)

Review by: JeanieK on Nov. 24, 2014 :
Temperance’s Trial is the exciting first novella in Hallee Bridgeman’s Virtues and Valor serial. Marie Gilbert, Code Name Temperance, is one of a group of ladies known to each other only as The Virtues in World War II Europe. Each Virtue had a unique assignment that they were trained for in an effort to help the Allied Forces win the war. They were an experiment in the use of women from various countries to help in the fight against the Nazis. Each novella is about one of the Virtues, and while they might meet and encourage each other, they know nothing about each other. This series is based on a similar group of actual heroines from World War II.
Marie’s father had been arrested by the Reich on suspicion of helping Jewish children escape imminent takeover of the Nazi regime. She and her brother escaped France and went to Great Britain to help the Allied Forces during Europe’s time of need.
Temperance’s particular assignment was as a wireless radio operator, and she had to find places to hide – and places where she could transmit information via – the wireless radio. This radio was not a little hand-held like we imagine today – more along the size of a 1950’s or 1960’s radio. The average time allowed for encrypting and sending messages was 30 minutes to avoid being caught by the Germans. And – my curiosity led me to look up more about the radios used and the operators – the average life of a wireless radio operator without being captured was about a month. This assignment, as well as the assignments the other Virtues worked, could possibly be a suicide mission for the cause that they firmly believed in, to win the war and put an end to the Reich.
Temperance is the primary character that we will meet; others include a man who is with the Third Reich who is interested in her and, to keep from blowing her cover, she went out with him. She also had a job as a “cover” for herself. The primary traits we learn about Temperance are those that make her who she is as a woman on assignment for the freedom of her French homeland. Those characteristics demonstrate very well who Temperance is as related to her Code Name. The author shows clearly how this young woman has what it to be willing to risk all for her faith, family and homeland.
Hallee Bridgeman has a way with writing that brings the reader into the story – one can see what the main character sees, hear what they hear, and do what they do. Temperance’s Trial is rich with details that help one who has not lived in a war-torn land begin to understand. The plot is complex as war tends to be, especially for those who become part of the solution.
I highly recommend Temperance’s Trial to young adults and adults of all ages who are interested in World War II fiction or well-written historical novellas with female heroes full of suspense and intrigue. As someone who recently began to appreciate World War II novels, I am looking forward to continuing with the series as time permits.

With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)

Review by: Bethany Marks on Oct. 21, 2014 :
Smell the tomb Temperance caches her code book in

Hallee Bridgeman begins a Virtues and Valor series based on true heroines of WWII with Temperance’s Trial. Temperance AKA Marie Perrin AKA Marie Gilbert escapes the Nazis, ends up in England for specialized training and returns to France as a spy and uncover seamstress.

Biking through the countryside and transmitting on a wireless, you can almost smell the tomb she caches her code book in and feel Marie’s tension in conversation with a SS Officer who seems bent on dating her.

Hallee Bridgeman delivers amazing insight into the life of a female spy.

I especially enjoyed learning about the French pastors and French village who received recognition for their efforts in the underground. Learn more about The Righteous Among The Nations http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/righteous/related_sites.asp

Could you or I ever face these kinds of decisions: to value people in a crisis in spite of danger to those we love most? Faced with a child that I heard about or the one standing before me, what would I do? These French towns people must have made individual decisions over and over until it became resolve.

Reading Temperance’s Trial makes me want to value other’s lives even more. I can’t wait to read Homeland’s Hope.

I received a complimentary book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: BookAficionado on Oct. 20, 2014 :
Great start to the series!
Temperance’s Trials is the first “episode” in Hallee Bridgeman’s new Virtues and Valor serial novel. A new episode will release each month, ending with the seventh novella. I’m typically not all that into serial novels, but when I saw Hallee was writing one, I knew I had to read it. She’s one of my favorite authors, so I knew I would love it!
Because this is the first one in the series, a lot of it was spent setting the stage for the following stories. There is a lot of historical detail packed into this novella, so at times it seemed as though I didn’t get to know Marie (aka Temperance) as well as I may have liked, but I do understand why so much time was spent on other things. Plus, she should be in the rest of the stories too, so getting to know her completely now would have seemed redundant later on. I really enjoyed the details that were included and appreciate all the time and research Hallee put into this whole series. I was also fascinated that each of the Virtues is based on a real person who fought in WWII in their own ways and there is a short biography at the end about the person who inspired each one.
Marie Gilbert is the main character in this episode. She is the radio and transmissions operator of the group. I really liked Marie and found her to be very realistic. I was able to sympathize with her struggles and her fears, even though I personally have never been there. I don’t want to give away anything, but I will say that her bravery really touched and inspired me. I wanted to cry with her near the end, when I was shown clearly what they faced in war-time. I’m anxious to learn what happens with her and the Lieutenant.
I became so engrossed in the story and everything that was going on that I was very upset when it ended rather abruptly. I knew we’d be left with a cliffhanger at the end, but I didn’t think the story would just stop there! Now I have to read the next one to find out what happens next! I applaud Hallee for leaving it at a great place to hook the reader, but at the same time I want to demand the next part. I don’t want to wait a month before I get to read the next one!
I highly recommend this novella and the whole series to anyone who enjoyed WWII fiction and suspense.
I received a free download of this book from the author through The Book Club Network for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

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