Doctor BETTY GRIMES, miraculously survives the Nazi bombing of her hospital but suffers the loss of her fiancé in the raid. She goes to the countryside to grieve and recuperate and there meets the leader of the Virtues team who recruits the brilliant surgeon.
After months of training, Betty, code-named MERCY, now works in Occupied France as a nurse, where she garners information from patients and passes it to the Allies. Secretly, she tends to injured Resistance operatives, treating gunshots and other wounds that would otherwise draw the attention of the Third Reich.
When Betty is sent to the local prison to see to a prisoner who has taken ill, her shock at finding TEMPERANCE nearly blows her cover. Now Temperance is sick and Mercy needs to get her well enough for the coming rescue operation to succeed.
Can MERCY save TEMPERANCE in time for her rescue, or will her patient succumb to the disease brought on by the torture of the Gestapo?
MISSION OF MERCY is part six 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.
Mercy is a Doctor from Scotland uncover in occupied France during WWII
Mercy is a Doctor from Scotland uncover in occupied France during WWII. 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.