RUTH AUBERTIN’s father, a highly decorated veteran of the Great War, moves his family from British Palestine to the wild of Great Britain after the Hebron masacre in 1929. He has always known the Germans would return to France, and trained his children from the time they could walk, turning them into finely tuned weapons with multiple skills ranging in weapons training to hand-to-hand combat.
When the Germans roll into France, Ruth and her brothers volunteer with the British Special Services and Ruth joins the Virtues team under the code name of GRACE. Never knowing the bond of sisterhood before, Ruth grows close to the six other women on the team and learns to rely on them and their varied skills as she goes undercover in Occupied France. Working directly for the notorious Praetorian, she and her team plan the largest prisoner escape in the war to date.
The arrest of TEMPERANCE raises the stakes. Now they have to move their time table up, increasing the overall risk of the mission. Can Ruth and her team pull off the mission, or will too many variables crash together at the wrong time?
GRACE’S GROUND WAR is part five of eight serialized novellas entitled the Virtues and Valor series.
Seven valorous women — different nationalities, ethnicities, and social backgrounds — come together as a team called the Virtues.
In 1941 Great Britain a special war department assembles an experimental and exclusively female cohort of combat operatives. Four willing spies, a wireless radio operator, an ingenious code breaker, and a fearless pilot are each hand-picked, recruited, and trained to initiate a daring mission in Occupied France. As plans are laid to engineer the largest prison break of Allied POWs in history, the Nazis capture the Virtues’ radio operator. It will take the cohesive teamwork of the rest of the women to save her life before Berlin breaks her and brings the force of the Third Reich to bear.
Some find love, some find vengeance, and some discover the kind of strength that lives in the human heart when all they can do is rely on each other and their shared belief. Courage, faith, and valor intersect but, in the end, one pays the ultimate price.
Continuing the Virtues and Valor series by Hallee Bridgeman. Eight serialized novellas, each inspired by real people and actual events, reveal the incredible story of amazing heroines facing the ultimate test of bravery.
Based on “The White Mouse” a real-life hero of World War II
Ruth and her brothers were Jews, raised by a single dad in France who had a premonition of the anti Semitism coming to Europe. A military man, he raised them in that mindset so Ruth acts and thinks militant. She is perfect for on the ground recognizance with the Virtues spy unit. Codenamed Grace (clearly a Jewish name would never do), she placed and detonated bombs, was extremely decisive--especially decisions involving murder, and was vital in rescuing POWs and Temperance from a Gestapo prison.
This is the fifth in the Virtues and Valor series. A series based on real-life heroes of World War II. Grace is based on "the white mouse," a woman who was elusive in escaping and creating havoc for the Gestapo.
Grace was extremely prejudiced against Germans and the irony of saving an undercover German's life, codenamed Valor, didn't escape me. Where does justification in judging the Gestapo tactics or German concentration camps, for example, cross the line into prejudice of the nation? Did Valor going "above and beyond" for a friend's sake negate Grace's prejudice and induce saving his life? Point of view is so intriguing in life and absolutely so in this series.
I have a personal wish that Hallee Bridgeman would write a Valor series based on the men in this series' point of view. It would be interesting to see from Valor's point of view, for instance.
I received a complimentary book from The Book Club Network at bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
Action Packed Story Continues
You will enjoy this action packed novella. Grace’s Ground War is the fifth part in the serialized novel by Hallee Bridgeman.
Code name Grace, Ruth Aubertin, was raised to be a soldier at a time when women did not play that role. Her skills were too advanced to train with other women so she was forced to train with men who did not want her there. Will she make it through the training and be able to fight against the Germans? She would always have to keep her heritage a secret because being of Jewish descent during WWII was a dangerous thing.
Be sure to read about the real people that inspired the characters in the Virtue and Valor books at the end of each book in the series.