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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 email@example.com
on May 12, 2015 :
Once again, these books are very well written and worth the reading. This tells the story from Mercy's point of view. Mercy is a doctor who is posing as a nurse. The one thing I did not like about this book was that it ended with a cliff hanger. I had to immediately start the last of the series. I highly recommend these book. These are the first edition and do need a little more proof reading, but it's not bad. I just notice this type of thing as it's a pet peeve of mine, I guess. But, like I said, it IS the first edition and it is totally worth the read, no matter. I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 44 days after purchase)
on May 09, 2015 :
She is undercover as a Red Cross nurse to keep a low profile so that she can bring vital help to her team of 7 women spies codenamed after virtues and all determined to help end the war. During the day she is working shifts in the French hospital, staying busy to assuage the pain of her beloved finance’s death in England. Working with the resistance Mercy performs surgeries on a bomb builder’s hand and a German SS officer bullet wound, plus brings much needed help to Temperance, 1 of the 7 who was arrested and is inside a Nazi prison.
The Red Cross and the virtue of mercy are a natural fit. Mission of Mercy is the 6th novella in the Virtues and Valor series. I love that Hallee Bridgeman wrote this fictional medical character based on the many woman involved in the war efforts and especially to honor the Red Cross. Real heroines who are for the most part faceless are artfully portrayed in Mercy: consistent, unflappable, dedicated expertise poured out to ease the pain and heartache of war.
This is a terrific series that I’m certain you will enjoy. I received a complimentary book from The Book Club Network at bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)
on April 30, 2015 :
Mission of Mercy is the sixth novella in the Virtues and Valor series and tells the story of Betty code named Mercy who is a doctor but infiltrates a French hospital working as a nurse after her fiance is killed in bombing in London. The story continues with all of the seven members of the Heavenly Virtues narrowly escaping death. Plan to read all seven of the books as the story will be incomplete without doing so! Each book leaves you wondering if they will survive the war. I recommend this series!
I received this e-book from www.bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on April 19, 2015 :
Mission Of Mercy
In Mission Of Mercy Betty, “Mercy”, is a skilled doctor who's life is tragically changed by a Nazi bomb. Her code name totally fits her cover as a nurse and she is indispensable to the resistance and the Virtues. With only 1 book left I am on the edge of my seat about what may happen next. The summary of each virtue that Hallee Bridgeman added at the beginning of each story is such a neat idea.
(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 20 days after purchase)
on April 03, 2015 :
No Mercy with Cliff=Hangers!!
Mercy is a doctor who is heartbroken when German bombings kill her doctor-fiancé. She joins the Resistance Movement as a nurse, working on German officers and French public by day, spirited away to doctor Allied troops by night.
Her biggest challenge is finding her teammate, Temperance, very near death. Mercy must attempt to doctor Temperance secretly and adequately through a third party, whose loyalties are divided.
Again, I love the story, but the actual history lesson at the end is invaluable. Discussion questions will leave you pondering. Warning:
Hallee Bridgeman shows no mercy with her end of episode cliff-hangers, so be smart and buy the whole series at once!!
I received this book, Mission of Mercy, part 6 of the Virtues and Valor Series,from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on April 02, 2015 :
Doctor Beatrice “Betty” Grimes is closing up from an appendix surgery, along with her fiance/co-worker, Doctor Rudyard Barclay when the hospital is bombed, and she loses him. About a week after learning of his passing, she is approached by Major Charlene Radden, asking her to join her team.
“I am assembling a team of women, a group of extraordinary women such as yourself, who are extremely good at what they do. I feel we can complement each other in a way that can make a meaningful contribution to the war effort.....Each of the ladies on this team are experts in their independent areas...Women with different strengths who can work together or separately, here at home or behind enemy lines, to help end this war.” She took a quick glance around the room then leaned closer. “I think only a group of such extraordinary women can develop a sisterhood that will create a force to be reckoned with.” pg 12
Betty, grieving her loss, and not interested in acting as a nurse, when in fact, she is a Dr. flatly turns down this offer. Charlene needs a nurse, as well as a Dr. and will not let her off so easily.
“I also know that there are many, many people who have lost loved ones in this conflict. Is it right to squander your God given gifts, or is it right to take back what was stolen so unfairly?...I don’t leave for London for another week. Take that time and think about it.” She gestured at the unopened Bible by Betty’s elbow. “Pray about it. Let me know if you’re interested." pg. 15
Betty decides to join this group of women, each with a strong faith in God, relying on Him through all they will face. Her code name: MERCY-the virtue of forgiveness in the face of wrongdoing, forgiving treatment of one who could justifiably be treated harshly. Mercy differs from clemency and amnesty. Clemency and amnesty renounce punishment while taking no stance on hatred. Mercy renounces hatred while taking no stance on punishment. pg. 6
As the seven join together for one last supper before heading off in different directions, they join in prayer, as they so often have before, but this time especially praying they come back safe and sound.
Betty and Matthew will be night jumping along with Betty's needed supplies, and in order to assure, as much as they could that they would arrive safe and sound special care is taken to pack them, and Matthew will take them with him on his jump. Could they be sure they would arrive safe and sound? Well, based on other 'breakables' they had carried in, it was looking pretty good.
Having arrived safely, as did the supplies, it is time to get Nurse Beatrice Renault into place. And once again, the detailed plan and use of scripture are
"She went into the women’s restroom and waited. Very soon after, a redheaded woman of her approximate build came into the room with her.
“Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful,” Betty said, using the key Bible verse from the book of Luke to identify herself.
“The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works,” the woman replied from the book of Psalms. At Betty’s answering smile, she gave the seat and compartment number on the train. “You’ve been alone this whole time, so no worries about continuing any conversations. pg. 28
Betty begins working as a nurse immediately and realizes just how much work they do, how important to the care of the patient they are and how Dr's often think less of them, but of just how vital their work is. So much so, than in her mind she begins working on a book to teach Dr's about this.
She also spends much time using her Dr. skills to take care of those in the Resistance, in her 'off' hours, those when most would be sleeping. Betty will work on some of the seven in and out of hospital as her job as 'nurse' proves to be most useful. Right up until the escape and after, her skills will be called upon in a variety of situations, but will she with limited resources, or in places other than the hospital be able to do much to save the lives of those whom have been placed in her care? Many curve balls will be thrown their way, how will the team handle them?
Pick up this book today and read for yourself. At the same time you can continue to see the relation between prisoners' and their life savers, as well as many of the operatives. It will all start to fit together so clearly and still leave you with the need to pick up the final book, #7 Faith, to find out for yourself how the series plays out.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on March 31, 2015 :
Mission of Mercy the Sixth novella in the Virtues and Valor series is the story of Dr. Betty Grimes code name Mercy. She has studied hard to enter a man’s profession as a surgeon. She is in the midst of the Battle of Britain, with bombs raining down on London. When the hospital in which she is practicing is bombed, Betty is injured and her fiancé is killed. During her recuperation, she is approached about becoming part of a special group of women who will be infiltrating occupied France. She must go undercover as a Red Cross nurse so as not to arouse suspicion. She will work as a nurse by day and a doctor to the Resistance fighters by night.
This fast paced novella will keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Mercy’s story is interwoven with the previous five characters. As with the other ones, it ends with a cliff hanger, making one very anxious to get to the last installment.
The author has included some wonderful information about other actual women involved in the fight against Nazi Germany. I found her section on the work of the Red Cross during WWII very informative.
I received a copy of this from The Book Club Network
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on March 29, 2015 :
In Part 6 we finally meet Valor! This series continues to unfold in ways that will surprise the most avid readers of mysteries. I read over a hundred books per year, and I have never been so engrossed in a story before. Part 6 is Beatrice’s story, Dr. Betty Grimes, codename Mercy. We learn her backstory and her place in the mission in Occupied France as a part of the spy team comprised by British Major Charlene Radden. Mercy spends her days undercover as a Red Cross Nurse in Occupied France and her nights at the local prison tending to a prisoner who has been beaten and tortured.
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 real life 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)