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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
on May 06, 2015 :
Book 3 in the series is just as good as the first two. There is a slight overlapping of the story, as it's a story told from the view and actions of six different ladies. This one is about Charity, the code breaker. The story keeps you involved and waiting to see what happens next. These books are based on real people that helped in WWII. This is well written and very worth reading. These books can stand alone, but are much more interesting when you read the whole series. This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)
on April 30, 2015 :
I love the different perspectives from each woman in the Virtues and Valor series. Each book adds to the end of the big-picture storyline in the book before it. What a great series!
Charity is a solver in life. She won crossword puzzle competitions before the war. Now she not only codes and decodes for the spy network, she also starts putting together pieces she gleans of each woman's life prior to their unit, wanting to discover who the ladies are. What a great life view. Charity works with both Temperance and her husband, who is a POW in Paris, passing vital information thru letters in code. Her coding ability networks Great Britian's rescue operation. Hope is on the ground in Paris as a vital part of the operation.
I haven't enjoyed a series more than this one. I can't wait to find out what happens next. Read it!
I received a complimentary book from The Book Club Network at bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
on April 28, 2015 :
Charity’s Code is the third novella in the Virtues and Valor series about heroines in Word War II. Dorothy is an expert at crossword puzzles who ends up writing and deciphering code for the British following her husband’s capture by the Nazi’s. She and her POW husband are able to exchange letters with coded information. Each of the 7 books in this series is about a different lady on this select team who helped to win the war. Each book leaves you wanting to read more! Hallee Bridgeman has done a great job making you feel you are right there with these women who sacrificed so much. The books are fiction but they are based on real women. I am learning much about World War II and highly recommend each of these books!
I received this e-book from www.bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on April 25, 2015 :
Charity’s Code is the third serialized story in the ‘Virtues and Valor’ series by Hallee Bridgeman. This series is set in WWII Europe, and the heroines are based on real women who served in a special and unique women’s group.
Charity’s Code picks up where Homeland’s Hope pauses; throughout the series, the ‘Virtues’ will see each other and help each other in their uniquely separate, yet related, assignments. Each of the ladies is given a code name based on Virtues. Charity (Dorothy Ewing) has always loved puzzles, enters puzzle contests – and even beats out the men! But what possible benefit could her skill at solving puzzles bring to others, especially the war effort?
With her husband and his best friend departed in the RAF, Charity’s special calling to use her unique talent is unveiled, and she joins the special group of the Seven Virtues. It was daunting to see her friends learn to parachute out of planes, and she was thankful in many ways to be doing what she was. With most of the Virtues out on assignments and her husband’s plane shot down, she clung to her heavenly Father and worked countless hours decoding messages receives.
As an amateur puzzle fan, I can appreciate a little bit of how Charity’s mind worked when it came to solving these puzzles. The kind of code that she had to carry about in her head, as well as the code that the radio operators had memorized, was incredible – I couldn’t imagine receiving the messages that she did from many people over the course of a day, and the emotional toll that it could take when knowing personally some of the people involved! Her relationship with the Lord was more detailed than that of some of the other ladies, and I appreciated the loneliness she faced with His presence to sustain her.
It was even more painful when I read the final words of this story of the series than the prior two. The intensity and suspense that the author has built by this point is tremendous! The plot definitely builds from one story to the next. I felt closer to Charity than I had the earlier ‘Virtues’, and quite possibly have more to learn from her. Also, we become much more acquainted with the ‘Virtue’ in each story, and therefore more invested in each of the ladies. The frustration of not having resolution to the challenges they are struggling through is relieved only somewhat as we learn more about the woman who Charity is based on. The story of this woman is not to be missed! The definitions and pictures at the end of the story are helpful when trying to understand the vehicles and aircraft written about, as are some of the terms used in French or German. I highly recommend Charity’s Code to those who appreciate WWII fiction written with great storytelling talent penned with excellent historical research.
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 31 days after purchase)
on April 19, 2015 :
Part 3, Charity's Code, features Dorothy, “Charity”, a very intelligent wife and mother of 3. She is the only 'Virtue' that stays on the Home Front, sending and receiving vital messages. She has her own special courage staying at home and facing the painful destruction everything she knows during the Blitz. I loved Hallee Bridgeman's Inspired By Real Events section with lots of fascinating WWII photos in it.
(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.)
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
on April 01, 2015 :
CHARITY'S CODE is the third exciting novella in the Virtues and Valor series by Hallee Bridgeman.
In 1940 Captain Thomas Ewing is called to fight for his country as a pilot in the RAF. Dorothy, his wife, is left behind to care for their three children, one son, Tommy and two girls.
1941 finds those still in London facing nightly bombings, which would send all into "underground tunnels and designated cellars and shelters." pg. 14 where they would bring things to keep them busy such as Victrolas and Gramophones or decks of cards.
Dorothy had sent her children to live with her parents after the first bomb had landed in London while she remained there to work. What no one knew was that she was in fact working at " Bletchley Park, ...with other women like herself as crypto-analysts. The project was classified above Most Secret and she understood that even speaking of it could result in her execution for treason." pg. 15
Dorothy kept herself busy working days, missing her family at nights and visiting her neighbor and best friend, Beatrice on her days off. When visiting over a cup of tea she could almost pretend that life was normal, the children would be returning from school shortly and Tom home for supper.
But all this changed when she received word that her husband had been shot down and captured by the Wehrmacht.
"She couldn't dwell on that. It would make her crazy. No room for panic...Instead, she would do her part in this war effort to bring an end to the Nazi war machine." pg. 16
When her home is bombed, she takes all she can carry in a few pillow cases, picks up the mail then offers her neighbor, Beatrice whose house is destroyed to stay there as Dorothy can stay at the flat at her job. In this mail, there is a letter from Tom, which from the start has her wondering what is wrong as the address is written towards the stamp in the corner vs. straight across. The wheels begin spinning in this puzzle solvers head. Many things go through her head as she reads through the two page letter.
She figures out that her dear husband is actually writing to her in code and he has a message for her to deliver, and the whom and where. Without delay she is off to deliver this message.
This meeting will be the beginning of a new adventure, job as she is added to the elite group of women, trained to specific tasks. This group will face head-on the realities of war, and deal with it through prayer, humor and true friendship even though they have only recently met at the training center.
Dorothy, code name: Charity
CHARITY--benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity, generosity and helpfulness, philanthropy, especially toward the poor, ill, or helpless, the needy or suffering; aid or donations given to those in need or in disfavor; leniency in judging others, forbearance; Christian love, agape (Greek). pg. 10
What could a homemaker, crossword puzzle champion do to help out with the war effort?
"Well, I think God was just gifting me for this time in our lives," she said with sincere modesty. "What good does it do anyone to be able to solve a crossword in record time? Not the least bit useful, really. However, if that very skill can be translated into something like this, then I'll happily accept it." pg. 28
They face fear, head on with Christ by their side.
"We're all brave." Grace never minced words. Dorothy had come to count on that. "Even when we feel fear, we still act," she said, looking directly at Temperance. "Fear is normal. Don't let it discourage you." pg. 36
God had brought these women together, with their talents, some hidden, some not, to bring about His plan.
"Isn't it strange how we each have these sort of niche gifts that have formed such a strong team?"
"Not strange at all, " Hope said, looking up from the paper in front of her. "Don't you think God has equipped us all perfectly for this work?" pg. 41
After only a few weeks together, Dorothy said goodbye to 5 members while she stayed behind at the training center, working on receiving and deciphering messages from operatives, receiving and writing coded letters to her husband and of course praying.
And then one day, "the signal in her ear surprised her. It wasn't a scheduled time or day for anything..."pg. 46 nor was it a full message. Dorothy is called upon to write her husband, Tom, giving info about what they know at this point, and work on getting it into his hands within 2 days. There was much riding on this letter. What could Dorothy do in this situation, with so much unknown? Faith shares from Romans "Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing constant in prayer....I know the Bible, and I know the people in it. This books is filled with tribulation and suffering that you and I could never even fathom, and through it all--through all that human suffering--is the grace and presence of God Almighty." pg. 50
Pick up this exciting read today and see what happens, then read about the real events that it is based upon as well as see photos of some of the underground places people went to during the bombings, planes of the period, as well as the children whom were sent away and what became of them. You can also read about the people whose lives this story is based upon. Definitely some good reading, especially for Americans, to learn some of your history, but even as a Canadian I thoroughly enjoyed it. As always you will find the translation key and the reader's guide, which helps you to get even more from this short story.
Another great read by Hallee Bridgeman, already looking forward to book #4.
Thank you to bookfun.org for this book in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on March 31, 2015 :
Charity's Code is third in the exciting Virtue and Valor series by Hallee Bridgeman. In this novella, Dorothy, later codenamed Charity, becomes involved in the war effort initially through her quick crossword puzzle solving skills. When Dorothy's husband is captured by the Nazis and held behind enemy lines, he writes encoded messages to his wife. When the Allies discover Dorothy's propensity for deciphering code, they sign her on to be part of a 7 lady spy team. Dorothy, or Charity, as she becomes called, transmits code to an operator in occupied France, as well as sending encrypted messages and decoding others from her husband to help the War effort.
In this episode, we are also introduced to the other members of the team, and given a little background on each. In some aspects, this novella served as a prequel/catch-me-up for more action to come.
The amount of research that Hallee puts into these books and then shares in the back is incredible. I could read the books for the appendices alone!!
I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on March 30, 2015 :
Dorothy Ewing is a wiz at crossword puzzles. Can that skill be of use to the war effort? Dorothy’s beloved husband has joined the British air force in the defense of his homeland. This leaves Dorothy and their three children to pray and wait for his safe return. As the bombing of London worsens, Dorothy makes the difficult decision to send her children to the safety of their grandparents. Dorothy gets a job working for the war effort, but when she receives word that her husband is a prisoner of the Germans, she wants to do more. Her opportunity comes with the arrival of a cryptic letter from Tom. Can her gift at solving puzzles be put to good use to help not only her husband, but also the whole effort against the Germans? To achieve this task, she becomes part of a special group of women.
This third installment of the Virtues and Valor series shows the war effort from the battlefield of the Homefront. We see what the civilians on London suffered during the air attacks from the Germans. As in the other books, there is a good deal of information provided by the author about the actual woman upon whom this story was based. There is also quite a bit about life in London during the war. I look forward to the next novella.
I received this from The Book Club Network
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on March 29, 2015 :
Part 3 of the Virtues and Valor Series continues with the spying, excitement, and suspense. This part of the story introduces us to Dorothy Ewing codenamed Charity, and her husband Tom, who Hope met in the German war prison in France in part 2. Charity’s Code fills us in on the back story of Tom Ewing and his wife. Charity works from the home-front in Britain in this story. She communicates back and forth as a decoder of the messages.
You truly don’t want to miss a single book in this series! They are that good. Hallee Bridgeman packs so much action into these serialized novellas that you are literally on the edge of your seat with the nail biting suspense. If you love historical fiction inspired by historical people and events that includes stark bravery of heroes and heroines, you will be inspired by this series.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)