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PUB DATE April 2020I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of Code Name H l ne ahead of the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club Retreat and the hear Ariel Lawhon s thoughts when she joined the group in person While I ve read and enjoyed all of her fiction books this is hands down my favorite H l ne is just one of four code names used by Nancy Wake A relentless, unapologetic, feminine, brave woman who stood toe to toe with her male counterparts in the French Resistance during WWII Beyond her work in the resistance is a deep, all abiding love to a husband who not only supports her efforts financially, but as a true partner as well Her story is fascinating and kept me utterly riveted.Bubbly cocktails Friendships formed amidst the worst of times Bold lipstick and brassy language used as weapons Love and war.It s no secret that I love books with strong women Women with gumption They inspire me To loosely paraphrase Lawhon Women like Nancy have always existed But when men write the history books we don t hear about them In my opinion it s time we hear her story because it s so.darn.good Don t dismiss this as just another WWII book because you would be missing out on an expertly crafted, fabulously written story Seriously if this sounds like the book for you add it to your TBR now. BASED ON THE THRILLING REAL LIFE STORY OF SOCIALITE SPY NANCY WAKE, Comes The Newest Feat Of Historical Fiction From The New York Times Bestselling Author Of I Was Anastasia, Featuring The Astonishing Woman Who Killed A Nazi With Her Bare Hands And Went On To Become One Of The Most Decorated Women In WWIITold In Interweaving Timelines Organized Around The Four Code Names Nancy Used During The War, Code Name H L Ne Is A Spellbinding And Moving Story Of Enduring Love, Remarkable Sacrifice And Unfaltering Resolve That Chronicles The True Exploits Of A Woman Who Deserves To Be A Household NameIt Is And Nancy Wake Is An Intrepid Australian Expat Living In Paris Who Has Bluffed Her Way Into A Reporting Job For Hearst Newspaper She Is Fighting To Cover The Disturbing Reports Of Violence Coming Out Of Vienna And Berlin When She Meets The Wealthy French Industrialist Henri Fiocca No Sooner Does Henri Sweep Nancy Off Her Feet And Convince Her To Become Mrs Fiocca Than The Germans Invade France And She Takes Yet Another Name A Code NameAs LUCIENNE CARLIER She Smuggles People And Documents Across Borders Under The Guise Of An Oblivious Mistress Soon Enough The Gestapo Hears Of A Female Operative With A Remarkable Ability To Evade Capture, And Nancy Earns A New Nickname THE WHITE MOUSE But This One Carries With It A Five Million Franc Bounty On Her Head Forced To Escape France And Leave Henri Behind For The Safety Of Both Of Them, Nancy Enters Training With The Special Operations Executives, Who Transform Her Into H L Ne Finally, With Mission In Hand, Nancy Is Airdropped Back Into France As The Deadly MADAM ANDR She Soon Becomes One Of The Most Powerful Leaders In The French Resistance, Known For Her Ferocious Wit, Her Signature Red Lipstick, And Her Ability To Summon Weapons Straight From The Allied Forces But No One Can Protect Nancy If The Enemy Finds Out These Four Women Are One And The Same, And The Closer To Liberation France Gets, The Exposed She And The People She Loves Will Become I would not be 100% truthful if I said that historical fiction is my favorite genre It isn t However, I was fortunate to receive an ARC of Code Name Helene by author Ariel Lawhon which won me over with a fantastic tale of heroism This book is set toward the end of World War II, but it s much than a war story It s a story about a strong, opinionated, brave, and determined woman who worked with the French Resistance during WWII The heroine s real name was Nancy Wake and she brought order, weapons, and supplies to the men working with the French resistance thereby helping to defeat the Germans Added to this is the fact that she deeply loved her French husband who supported her in this endeavor, both financially, and by giving her the freedom to courageously fight to save her adopted country For me, this was a wonderful love story, but it was also the true story of a courageous woman who received little recognition for her war efforts while single handedly making a major difference in the outcome of World War II I m sure there are Nancy Wake fighters still unknown, but this story will make you proud to know how much one person, one woman, can accomplish great things with determination Bravo to Ms Lawhon for a well told story Look for this book to be released in April 2020 As always, my opinions are my own and without prejudice Quote Love is a choice It is the active choosing of good for another person But like It is a gift and it cannot be forced french75 book books historicalfiction bookstagram love frenchresistance france wwii ariel.lawhon codenamehelene arrivesApril2020 readit redlipstick victoryred annebogel bookworm mmdbookclubretreat lindaleereads2019 I was really surprised and intrigued by this story The narratives were well interwoven and the pacing was great I really enjoyed learning about this particular facet of history, as it was one I wasn t familiar with and felt like a unique topic for a WW2 story This book also balanced levity with the seriousness of the topic in a way that this book didn t feel oppressively dark or heavy Overall this was a really great read. Loved it I need some time to get all of my thoughts together Stay tuned for the review I was fortunate to receive a galley of this book from the author, DoubleDay Books, and Modern Mrs Darcy in advance of a bookclub retreat where Ariel participated in a discussion about her newest book Listening to Ariel share the history of her latest subject, Nancy Wake, as well as her research and writing process served to make me appreciate the book even.This book is something special The publication date is April 2020 Do yourself a favor and pre order this one It s the story of Nancy Wake Fiocca, an Australian journalist who made her way to Great Britain and then France just before WWII The story alternates between the story of her beautiful marriage to her French husband and love of her life, and her work as part of the Resistance Movement in France during the war She became the most decorated female from the war and paid a high price for it One of the things you will most appreciate about this book is Lawhon s faithfulness in telling Nancy s story as told by Nancy over the years This book is well constructed and will have you turning off phones and TVs and staying up late to read it It s that good The publication date is set for April 2020, but again, I would pre order it. Code Name H l ne A Novel by Ariel LawHon is inspired by the true story of Nancy Wake a spy for the SOE and military leader for the French Maquis Nancy was one woman with four names, three were code names the most infamous of these was the White Mouse , whom the Nazi s wanted a very high price for dead This book alternates between the story of Nancy and how she came to work for the Maquis and each of her different identites while working for the SOE It tells of her many sacrifices and the work she did Nancy was a firecracker and a free spirit so if you are interested you will learn some French curse words along the way, because Nancy was not your average frenchwoman This is a wonderful read and I loved learning about a war heroine I d never heard of before She was one of the great women who fought against the Nazi s in occupied France This is her story in novel form and it is a book I couldn t put down I put other books aside to read this one I read it in one sitting I would highly recommend this book I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy free of charge This is my honest and unbiased opinion of it. I received an advance readers copy ahead of an event with the author.So here s the deal I m one of those people who still enjoys historical fiction and WWII novels HOWEVER, if I wasn t that person, I still would have enjoyed this novel Yes, it s set during WWII, but that s not what it s about It s about a badass woman, a REAL woman, who spied for England and France during the war A woman who led thousands of men in battle A woman who sabotaged the Germans to protect the country she loved A woman who wore lipstick as her armor A woman who fell in love with an honorable man.And Ariel Lawhon artfully weaves this incredible story together in a way that makes you want to keep reading I had the pleasure of discussing this book with Ariel in person at the Modern Mrs Darcy book club retreat, and it s an experience I ll never forget Ariel was so open about her life, her process, her story, and I cannot thank her enough for sharing. I finished this my first Ariel Lawhon a few weeks ago and I m still thinking about Helene The power of her story would be enough to stand on its own, but Lawhon s graceful execution, her power of sensory imagery to take the reader both from the brink of despair to the bower of a bridal night makes this novel exceptional The story is circular, you will begin where you end, but the tale between the first and last chapters brings to life the role one woman played in the liberation of France during the Nazi occupation of WWII Even powerful is the realization this story is true and Nancy Grace Augusta Wake deserves to be known.Disclaimer I received an advance copy of this book but was not required to leave a review All opinions are my own. Inspired by the true story of Nancy Wake, a spy for Great Britain during WWII, this is a beautiful work of historical fiction Nancy becomes part of the Resistance while living in France with her husband, Henri When she is about to be discovered she escapes to Spain and then to England where she is recruited to return to France to help the Maquis She is a tough, formidable woman who just wants to see her beloved husband again Lawhon weaves these two narratives together brilliantly and leaves with a story about a badass real life woman while not diluting the horrors of the war I highly recommend this one.