Charity's Code, a Novella

Charity's Code, a Novella

by Hallee Bridgeman

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The exciting Virtues and Valor serialized story continues with book 3!

DORTHY EWING never met a crossword puzzle that she couldn't solve with shocking speed. As a loving wife and mother of three children, she had an idyllic life with her home and her puzzles – until she had to see her husband off to war. Then the bombing of the Blitz began.

Now her husband Tom is a POW in Occupied France, her children have been sent to the hopeful safety of her parents' home in York, and she is working at Bletchley Park as an assistant to cryptanalysts. After cracking the code on an encrypted letter from her husband, she is recruited into a special team called The Virtues.

She works on the home-front, receiving and sending messages to her team in France and coordinating a secret mission with her husband via coded letters. She intercepts the transmission from TEMPERANCE alerting to her blown cover. The clock is ticking in a race to save Temperance's life. Information has to be sent to and received from the team on the ground. Can Charity help save her, or will the constraints of time and the efficiency of the Third Reich work against them?

CHARITY'S CODE is part three 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.

Continuing 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046392098
Publisher: Hallee Bridgeman
Publication date: 11/17/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 409,115
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

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, she blogs about all things cooking and homemaking at Hallee the Homemaker(tm) ( 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

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Charity's Code, a Novella 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Hallee Bridgeman's Charity's Code Charity’s Code is the third novella in Hallee Bridgeman’s Virtues And Valor series. The Virtues were the code names for a group of women from different countries used to fight the Nazis. Each Virtue had to remain anonymous to the others so they would not know any information that could be obtained if caught and tortured. But they were still able to meet and pray together. The stories are based on real women and their assignments. Charity is the code name for Dorothy Ewing who is a housewife. Her spouse, Tom is a member of the RAF who was shot down and is a POW in occupied France. Dorothy entered a crossword in 1932 which she wins. This will lead to her being to chosen to be trained to decipher codes as a crypto-analyst and become a member of the Virtues. She is the only member of the group to be married and have a family. Her children are staying with their grandparents while she works on the home front decoding and sending messengers to help those behind the lines and to aid in the plan to free prisoners. She worked on helping support those who were breaking the Nazi’s cipher. There are definitions and pictures following the story that show the aircraft and vehicles written about plus some French and Germans terms. The end of the novella features the story of Dodo Barry the real life heroine who inspired Charity’s story. This section includes photos plus description of vehicles used in this period plus a translation key for phrases and words used in the story. Thank you to for this eBook. My opinion is my own.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful novella set during WWII. This story is a fantastic look at life for the wife of a WWII fighter pilot in England. I fell in love with the main character, Dorothy Ewing, from the first moment we see her with her husband and friends before the war starts. She is a wife and soon-to-be mother. I was able to relate to her and her love for her husband and her life. As the story progresses and England goes to war her strength and courage come to the forefront. We quickly learn how God has prepared her to be an asset to her country in their fight against Germany. The story flows smoothly and captured my attention. I couldn’t stop reading it. I was completely caught up in the ongoing story that began in part of this serialized novel. I am going to have to read the rest of it. I need to find out how things end up for all of these incredible characters. I received a free eBook copy of this novella through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
Dorothy Ewing is a wiz at crossword puzzles. Can that skill be of use to the war effort? Dorothy’s beloved husband has joined the British air force in the defense of his homeland. This leaves Dorothy and their three children to pray and wait for his safe return. As the bombing of London worsens, Dorothy makes the difficult decision to send her children to the safety of their grandparents. Dorothy gets a job working for the war effort, but when she receives word that her husband is a prisoner of the Germans, she wants to do more. Her opportunity comes with the arrival of a cryptic letter from Tom. Can her gift at solving puzzles be put to good use to help not only her husband, but also the whole effort against the Germans? To achieve this task, she becomes part of a special group of women. This third installment of the Virtues and Valor series shows the war effort from the battlefield of the Homefront. We see what the civilians on London suffered during the air attacks from the Germans. As in the other books, there is a good deal of information provided by the author about the actual woman upon whom this story was based. There is also quite a bit about life in London during the war. I look forward to the next novella. I received this from The Book Club Network
pautoyoung More than 1 year ago
Charity's Code is another excellent historical fiction writing by Hallee Bridgeman.  This novella is the third in a series of seven titled The Virtues and Valor series. Dorothy Ewing is a housewife in England whose husband, Captain Ewing, has gone to France to fight the Germans during World War II. Their children have been sent to stay with grandparents in the countryside to escape the bombings in London. Dorothy receives a letter from her imprisoned husband, but something is strange about the correspondence.  Dorothy, who has always been a competitive crossword champion, deciphers a message that her husband has written in code for her to take the letter to Colonel Young. While there she is asked to join the Virtues Squad which is a group of women that have special skills to help in the war effort and given the code name, Charity. Her job is to work as a decoder in England, and the novella depicts her life in the squad. The story ends in a cliff hanger that will be revealed in the seventh novella of this series. The information concerning the real life woman that the story is based upon is excellent with several photographs taken during WW II.