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Temperance's Trial by Hallee Bridgeman

Temperance's Trial is part 1 of 7 in a serialized story told in novellas. The story begins in book 1 and will not conclude until the end of book 7. Introducing the Virtues and Valor series by Hallee Bridgeman. Seven serialized novellas, each inspired by real people and actual events, reveal the incredible story of amazing heroines facing the ultimate test of bravery. The Third Reich Seeks to Extract the Information She Alone Knows MARIE GILBERT and her elder brother flee from Vichy France after the Gestapo arrest her father for suspicion of aiding Jewish children to escape the oncoming fascist front. Once in London, Marie is recruited into an experimental all female cohort dubbed the Virtues, a collection of seven extraordinary women with highly specialized skills.

Known only by her code name, TEMPERANCE, she is trained to operate a wireless radio and returns to her beloved France. With a new identity, Marie clandestinely communicates vital intelligence directly back to Headquarters but unwillingly attracts the attention and apparent adoration of a handsome but ruthless Nazi officer, Oberleutnant LEOPOLD SCHÄFER.

As the H-hour to execute their daring mission draws ever closer, Marie plays a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the unrelenting and merciless young Lieutenant Schäfer and the Nazi soldiers under his command.

TEMPERANCE'S TRIAL is part one of seven 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.

Introducing the Virtues and Valor series by Hallee Bridgeman. Seven serialized novellas, each inspired by real people and actual events, reveal the incredible story of amazing heroines facing the ultimate test of bravery. 


Hallee Bridgeman is a best-selling Christian author who writes action-packed romantic suspense focusing on true to life characters facing real world problems. Her work has been described as everything from refreshing to challenging and from heart-racing and comforting. She is the author of the Jewels Series (contemporary Christian Romance), the Song of Suspense Series (contemporary Christian Romantic Suspense), and the Virtues and Valor Series (Christian Historical Suspense) set during the second World War.

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 not penning novels, you’ll 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 directly 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 also 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) and the CBA.

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This is an incredible historical novella.


This novella sucked me in immediately. The main character Marie Gilbert, code name Temperance, caught my interest from the exciting first moment we see her. I hadn’t been aware of the women that worked as operatives in occupied France during WWII before hearing about this series. I thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to their contribution to the Allies efforts to defeat Germany. I will be trying to expand my knowledge of these brave women and their missions. The story flows smoothly and quickly. My only complaints about this story are that it was too short and it ends with a cliffhanger. But then it is only part one of a 7 part serial novel. I will definitely have to read the other 6 parts to find out the rest of the story.


I received a free eBook copy of this novella through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

I posted this review on: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Deeper Shopping. I also posted a slightly longer version on my blog at:  

I actually had the opportunity to read this when it was first offered in the September of 2014 chat.

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The first in a series of 7 novellas, so a quick read but so much excitement and drama.   I am a big fan of Hallee and her writing, but this new series was even more than I could expect.  I was hooked from the very first chapter.  Talk about knowing how to get your attention.  This book starts in France, 1940, with pounding on the door, which for anyone whom has read or watched war time movies knows these visits can come day or night, and one had to always be ready for them.  And Marie Gilbert and her brother Edward definitely were.  He was to take her to Switzerland while dad would be dealt with by the Vichy police as well as the Nazis.  Plans had been made, things were set in place, including a car and how to get away fast and without leaving any trace of themselves.

And what crime had this family committed?  They had sheltered Jewish children from the Germans, although thankfully no children were present at the time of their father's arrest.

1941 England We meet the members of this elite group, called Virtues:  Hope-really Virginia Benoit, famous musician and entertainer, Faith-who looked no older than sixteen, Mercy-physician, Prudence-aristocrat,   Grace-military strategist, Charity-British housewife who "could decode encrypted messages in her head nearly as fast as they could be written down."  pg. 13  and of course Temperance-Marie.

TEMPERANCE  Prohibitioin, moderation, or self-restraint, (especially in eating and drinking).  Constant mindfulness of others and one's surrounding; practicing constant self-control, abstention, and moderation. Sobriety.  pg. 10

The seven women would meet twice a week with a chaplain for worship, although more times where, "they gathered together to read scripture, pray for each other, sing a few hymns, and steal a few hours just talking in fellowship."  pg. 10  What a blessing to know that when they would be split up, and they would be, that there were these ladies holding them and their situations up in prayer.

Marie is given her first assignment as a seamstress, and this cover was harder to learn how to operate the machine and its code.

Temperance and Prudence are dropped off in the middle of the night, out of an airplane.  But all the while Temperance knew that God had His hand on her and all would be well.  And things do seem to be going well.  While biking to her new destination and life she feels alone and then remembers, "..she was never alone.  Whispering to God as she pedaled, she thanked Him for safe arrival and prayed for continued protection."  pg. 26

She is directed to a landlady whom rents to single women and quickly sets up shop there.  Praetorian, her contact on the ground, also sets her up with a farmer willing to let her transmit on his property.

But then things start going wrong, and it all begins with pounding on the door again, and a German officer standing on the other side.  The emotions she faces, panic-has she been discovered already?, nervous which she tries to play down with comedy, not wanting to offend but also not wanting to help, anger, nauseous and gratitude to God.

You will have to read on, as I don't want to ruin it for you, but let's just say that after reading the first one, can't wait to get my hands on the second one.  So many questions to be answered, and I can't wait to learn more about these real women on whom these books are based.  Even when the world was at its darkest, God was still alive and at work.  Pick up this book and start the journey for yourself.  You'll be glad you did.

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Temperance’s Trial, a new novella by Hallee Bridgeman is the first of a series based on the lives of actual women who aided the Allies in the fight against Nazi Germany.  Fictionally, they were part of a special espionage unit formed in England to infiltrate France.  Each woman had her own talents and abilities.  The first story is about Marie, a refugee from France.  She is able to learn to decipher code very quickly, so she is sent to France, trained to send and receive messages under the cover of being a village seamstress.  She catches the attention of a handsome American-born German officer.  He is also in charge of the prison.  When this short novella ends, we are left to hope there is more to her story in the subsequent stories.

The author has obviously done much research for this series.  She includes quite a bit of this in the appendix to the book complete with drawings.  This might make a useful read for Young Adult girls interested in this time period.  It is also a good read for those of us who aren’t so young.

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Exciting First Installment of WWII Tale...

Born in the US, rejected there because she is neither Black nor White, Virginia Benoit, code named Hope, serves with a team of six other women gathering special intelligence against Germany in WWII. As Hallee Bridgman's second novella, Homeland's Hope, starts, Temperance, the group's wire operator, has been captured by the Nazis. Hope, with her beautiful, sultry voice that fills opera houses, volunteers to continue to get close to the German General Schmid, who is quite taken with her, despite her non-Aryan heritage. How long will the Third Reich put up with one of their officers consorting with one they deem less than human? Hope pushes the limits until... just as it got REALLY good, the novella ended in another cliff-hanger.

Bridgeman knows how to write believable wartime suspense, with an edge of romance and faith interspersed. What I love most, though, is the history lesson at the end. It explains more about Jesse Owens, who was mentioned and also details Josephine Baker, upon whom the heroine is based. What a treat. A thrilling novel for fun and the real-life facts behind them! Caution: should you decide to read this series, be ready to run, not walk, out and buy the rest of the series!!

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“Introducing the Virtues and Valor series part 1 of 7 serialized stories that tell the tale of a daring rescue and escape. Each part is told from the perspective of a different heroine, and each heroine is inspired by a true WWII heroine. 


MARIE GILBERT and her elder brother flee from Vichy France after the Gestapo arrest her father for suspicion of aiding Jewish children to escape the oncoming fascist front. Once in London, Marie is recruited into an experimental all female cohort dubbed the Virtues, a collection of seven extraordinary women with highly specialized skills.”


I was totally captivated by this series right from the opening of Temperance’s Trial.  The depth of the characters – while based on real life heroines – is truly a work of art.  This set of 7 novella’s –The Virtues and Valor series - set in WWII about a band of young highly and uniquely skilled women is remarkable. Filled with action and suspense, you are held spellbound until the next book.  If you are a fan of historical fiction and great story-telling you will thoroughly enjoy this series.


This is not the first of Ms. Bridgeman’s book that I’ve read and once again, Ms. Bridgeman hits it out of the park.  The way in which the author weaves together the lives, and war time missions of these women is really great story-telling.  You will be taken in from the first story, and it will hold you until the last.  This is a must read series.


*Disclaimer: 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. 


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“The story is dedicated to the amazing women who have worked, planned, strategized, served, led, and fought alongside men throughout human history.” Author Hallee Bridgeman.

An amazing story of bravery and heroism! It’s very important that you remember this novella is only part one of a 7 part series. So, while the book ends in a cliff hanger, you won’t be disappointed.  This was an awesome Saturday afternoon read for me. This story focuses on Marie Gilbert, who is part of an experimental all female spy ring during World War II based out of London. The story immediately draws you in and never releases you from the heroic drama that unfolds. The best stories always include heroes or heroines who are willing to risk their own lives to save others. Therefore, this is one of those stories. Though the story is fiction, it is inspired by historical people and events. The additional actual history at the end of the book is extremely fascinating. I am ready for the second installment. This novella easily earns 5 stars from me.

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This book was amazing.  It was a fictionalized story about the actions of a real person.  It is well written and riveting.  My only regret about this book is that it ended way too soon.  I am anxiously looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book.  You will not be disappointed.  I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.  This review is also on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google play, Deepershopping, Librarything, Smashwords, and Goodreads.

The first novella in Hallee Bridgman’s Virtues and Valor series focuses on Marie Gilbert, codenamed Temperance.  This first heroine’s intriguing story whets the reader’s interest in exploring the subsequent stories of equally fascinating glimpses of heroic efforts of women during the dangerous war against the Reich.  Knowing that these characters are based upon real women, engaging in risky and crucial assignments and activities makes the story even more compelling.  Marie employs her skills in relaying necessary intelligence communication to Headquarters from her location in her home country of France.  Using a wireless radio, which could be discovered at any time, she risks sending vital information.  A German officer’s admiring attention makes her secret activity even trickier.  The author provides interesting historical background information on the war and on the real person upon whom the character of Temperance is based.   A language section also is a plus for those interested in learning new languages or needing help in understanding the phrases.  I really enjoyed these novellas and recommend them.  I received this novella through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.  (This is a new review just for TBCN.  I posted one on Amazon, Good Reads, Christian Books, Deeper Shopping, and Barnes & Noble previously when I first received and read this title.)

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In 1940 Marie Gilbert and her brother Edward fled France as the Nazi Security Forces captured their father.  1941 finds Marie as part of a group of women called the Virtues in England known to each other by code names who have come together to help end the war by working with the resistance.  The seven women are from different backgrounds and different nationalities but have a common Christian faith.  Marie, code name Temperance, trains as a wireless operator adept at sending and receiving coded information.  Working as a seamstress, Marie goes back into France with her wireless equipment to work in covert operations.  So begins the serial Virtues and Valor.  This novella is excellent, suspenseful, realistic writing.  You will want to read the entire series of seven stories. 

The “Inspired by Real Events” section at the end gives the stories of Eileen Mary Nearne and Florence Violet McKenzie who are the true heroines that inspired this story.  If you are confused by any of the foreign phrases or words, there is a translation key at the end.  There is an interesting description with photos of the actual vehicles of the period.  There is also a Reader’s Guide with suggested questions making this an excellent selection for a book club.

I received the book from the author by way of The Book Club Network ( in exchange for an honest review.


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