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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 :
This is the last book in the series. It was a wonderful series and I'm sorry to see it end. It does have a great ending and brings all the books together nicely. This story focuses on Faith, the pilot. Each of the books also has a short biography on the woman that inspired the book. Though the whole series is not true, it IS based lightly on real people. I recommend this series highly. Remember, it is the first edition and there is slight imperfections in the editing, but not bad at all. This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 44 days after purchase)
on May 11, 2015 :
Flight of Faith was the perfect way to end the Virtues and Valor series, tying up all the loose ends with seven women from multiple nations sent as a spy network into occupied France with the Allies.
Is it typically American to end the series with an American? :) Helen Mulberry, our American codenamed Faith, personifies a go-getter, feisty, risk-taking, adventurous, pioneer-spirit who is filled with passion and is assertive. Faith will not allow male pilots to push her around, especially as she knows she flies better than they do. Eddie, a war hero pilot in WWI and her older brother, taught her to fly when she was "barely tall enough to reach the pedals” and at 19 she is a competent, ace pilot. After numerous "hops over the pond," Faith has to hijack a german junker for the final rescue of her team. With injured women aboard and "rounds penetrating the metal skin of the cabin" from a German “Messerschmitt that tailed her like a hound dog on a scent,” she sees two British planes heading into the fray. It takes ingenuity and all the strength Faith has to get them back to Britain. Spoiler: someone doesn't make it back alive and Faith has to work through feeling that she failed a friend. She has a handsome pilot to help her through that journey.
The seven women in the Virtues Unit gave it everything to end the war. Full of surprises and romance, this series showcases love, unity and commitment to a cause.
I received a complimentary book from The Book Club Network at bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 47 days after purchase)
on May 02, 2015 :
Flight of Faith is the seventh and final book in the Virtues and Valor series! Seven Christian women are assigned to the team Heavenly Virtues during World War II. The women perform dangerous assignments as spies mostly in France. Faith, a 19 year old American, is the youngest of the group and has flown her own plane from Texas to England because she feels God leading her to participate in the war. She arrives expecting to transport supplies freeing up the male pilots to fly fighters. In this final book of the series, Faith flies to France in an attempt to rescue other members of her team and escapees following a Nazi prison break. All of the books have been exciting and each of the earlier books were cliffhangers. God has protected each of the brave ladies but one member of the team is killed by a Nazi bullet in this book. This culmination of the stories is exciting! You must read all seven books to get the complete story. I highly recommend this amazing series which is based on real women during World War II.
I received this e-book from www.bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on April 19, 2015 :
Flight Of Faith
Flight Of Faith is the riveting conclusion to the story of the 7 “Virtues.” Raised as a tomboy Helen, “Faith”, is the pilot of the group. Will her flying skills save her friends? And will she find love in an unexpected place? Hallee Bridgeman's serialized story is sure to thrill readers of WWII fiction. In the back of each story is a glossary of foreign words used and I found it to be very useful in reading.
(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 :
Helen Mulberry, the only daughter in a family of four, i being brought up by her eldest brother Edward, a WWI flying ace, after the death of their mom and loss of one brother to this war. Their father now fills his time with work, and the other brother is busy with his own family. Only problem is that Edward has been lost to life after the death of their brother, sure it was somehow his fault.
One night, over family Bible time, Helen announces to her family that she will be heading over to England to help with the war effort, freeing up more men to fight the war. Her brother Eddie, wants to hear nothing of it, the father says she is too young at just 19, but she feels God calling her to do this and so she leaves in her own plane, bought for her when she was just 16.
She arrives at HQ, where she is not warmly welcomed by the men, even though she has been traveling for a week. Helen knows if she was a man she would be treated differently and refuses to be mistreated. She is a spunky, sassy, breath of fresh air with a heart as big as Texas, where she comes from. She is an awesome pilot and when taken up to see what she can do, more than impresses both Major Radden and Captain Reginald Green whom Helen nicknames, Green Eyes.
"...I can’t imagine that your brother Eddie gave you his blessing to be here.”
Helen lifted her chin. “Didn’t need anyone’s blessing. Diamond’s my plane. I’m 19, old enough to come on my own. He ain’t speaking to me right now, but that’s up to him and I can’t let it affect whether I follow God’s call or not.”
“God’s call? So, I’m to understand you’re a woman of faith, then?”
“Faith is the most important thing in my life, Major." pg. 17
Helen is added to the group of six, now 7, and given the name:
"FAITH - allegiance to duty or a person: loyalty: fidelity to one's promises or sincerity of intentions: belief and trust in and loyalty to God: firm belief in something: complete trust: something that is believed, especially with strong conviction." pg. 14
Captain Green is put in charge of training Faith, and as much as she exasperates him as time, one can see that she is starting to grow on him. But when she oversteps a boundary, flashing lights on the ending of one of the training sessions, she is grounded for three days. She is annoyed, frustrated and then comes to her senses and realizes that she was wrong.
She performs many drops and pick ups, and then is called to pick up and deliver 'precious' cargo, and given very specific details on how this mission will proceed. Her co-pilot is already on board, making the preflight check and when she finds out the co-pilot is none other than Green eyes, whose very presence causes her irritation. The flight gives them some time to talk and she discovers that he is an injured war vet from WWI, also known as the Great War, as well as other information and a silent truce is reached.
They arrive and wait for their precious cargo.
"Your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” Their contact spoke in English. His voice was a deep baritone and very American, as if he hailed from Northern California or the Pacific Northwest.
Recovering from her shock that an American wore a Nazi uniform and quoted Scripture, Helen held up her hand. “That’s my challenge verse.” She spoke toward the open door and threw a thumbs up." pg. 32
Prudence and Faith are in the empty dining hall when Faith receives a package from back home. A package not for herself but to be shared with all on the base. Sugar, and lots of it, along with containers to put it out on the tables. She has Prudence help her and soon all containers are filled and extra stored away safely. Rations means many have not tasted sugar in months, if not years. What a surprise and treat this will be. Faith's sister in law had put it all together for her, and she must go and write her a most heart felt thank you.
Prudence, too, has a letter to write, but quite a different one.
' “I need to find a way to say what I want to say...“Do you think God prepared us for this before we even came here?”
“Prudence, I absolutely do believe that.” She slapped her knee. “I absolutely believe it. Think of the various skills and gifts we each have. How else could you explain it? That we’re just some random grouping of people who happened to all have highly honed skills? Come on. Of course He prepared us!”
“Which means He prepared our hearts as well.” She brought her hands forward and laced her fingers. “Somehow, I have to put that into words on a written page in the form of a letter.”' pg. 38
On Dec. 7, 1941 Japan declares war on USA and Faith worries that she will be called from her job working with her friends, co-spies but Major Radden assures her she is part of this group up and until either she or Faith decide it's time for her to move on.
Faith loves this little group of women she has become a part of, and it means so much to her, especially having grown up in a family surrounded by men. She is so thankful to God for this opportunity and knows she is blessed.
"God brought them all together at this time. She had deep and abiding faith in that very notion. Each one of the women at this table had exceptional skills, honed to near perfection, that would help them in the difficult and dangerous work ahead. Why would God have given Charity and Temperance such minds for puzzles and code or Prudence such instinctive reactions to situations? Why would He have gifted Grace with the strength and agility of a warrior and Hope with the power of seduction and persuasion? Couple all of that with Mercy’s surgical skills and her own flying skills, and what God had created decades before the mere mortals on earth even knew they needed it, was a finely tuned team. They came together as if made for each other, in love and trust, and one which could work as a single solid unit.
It filled her heart and took her breath away – that God would choose her, her, to be a part of this monumental moment – that He would have her, little Helen from Lamarr, begin flying these amazing and gifted women to their assignments so they could begin their work. pg. 46
And then the night comes and it is time for the mission to bring Temperance home to England to get the much needed health care she needs, which means breaking her out of prison, getting her to the plane and out of enemy territory in a short time frame.
On the way over, the plane she is driving crashes. Now what? Co-pilot tells of an airfield where the Germans fix planes and prepare them for service again. They should be able to find something there to accomplish this mission. They take off running and arrive to find the airfield lit up like a Christmas tree, with all kinds of planes belonging to a variety of the upper crust of the German commanders in town for Hopes' concert at the prison. The plane closest to the runway will do just fine, except they have been spotted and told to halt or they will be shot. What will they do? Time is ticking and many lives are depending on them?
You will not be able to put this book down, what with the fast paced activity as well as family connections being made, and many questions being answered. The series has been awesome and this final one definitely is the perfect ending. Pick up the whole series to read today, you will not be disappointed.
I was given this book by bookfun.org and the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you. Awesome writing and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole series, as well as meeting the real heroes and reading up on the many events that these books were based upon.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
on April 03, 2015 :
Exhilarating All the Way!!
Finally!! The installment that brings it all home!! Faith is a very young lady from Texas who has been taught to fly by her famous but war-broken brother, Eddie. Rules seem to be a nuisance to Faith, and she continually mocks and antagonizes her immediate superior.
There is so much action going on in this book, along with twists and turns, I felt like I was riding in Faith's airplane, spinning every which way. What an exciting ride!! Well-done, Hallee!!
Again, Hallee Bridgeman's excellent writing, attention to detail, historical recap at the end, plus pictures of cars and planes of the time, make this beyond great! Still pondering some of the discussion questions...If you buy one episode, save yourself some worry, and buy them ALL!!
I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on April 02, 2015 :
Helen is an American tomboy, raised by mostly men on a Texas ranch. Her first love is flying airplanes, so her father buys her one. Before the United States became involved in WWII, she read how desperate England was for pilots. She decides to help the cause by flying her plane to England and volunteering to help. When this unorthodox woman shows up, most of the pilots don’t want her help. It is only through the intervention of Colonel Radden, who wishes to make her a member of her Virtues group, that she is allowed to stay. Helen/Faith becomes the pilot who is responsible for flying members to France, bringing supplies, and eventually evacuating several of the members.
This is the thrilling conclusion to the Virtues and Valor Series. The reader will find all the stories of the six other women completed in this novella. There will be some surprising twist and turns. Once again the author provides some wonderful insight and information about women who participated in WWII. If you enjoyed the first six installments, this is a MUST read. I hated to see this series come to an end. I feel like I had a great history lesson as well as a thrilling story.
I received this from The Book Club Network.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on March 29, 2015 :
The Flight of Faith, Part 7 of the Virtues and Valor Series is the final installment of this incredible World War II story. I can emphatically state that this is the most intriguing, well told, gripping story I have ever read from this era. Set in World War II and based from a spy training facility estate in Britain, I have not read anything that matches the heroism, integrity, loyalty, patriotism, self-sacrifice, and friendships that are produced in this amazing work by Hallee Bridgeman.
In The Flight of Faith, we learn the background of the fun-loving 19 year old pilot from Lamar, TX, Helen Mulberry, codenamed Faith. She takes England by storm with her charisma and sassy Texas personality. She flies between Britain and France, transporting secret passengers and supplies. Helen has to learn to fly in combat, land in the dark without lights, and evade anti-aircraft fire. Her most important flight is the rescue mission to save her friend and fellow agents from the Nazis.
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)