Temperance's Trial (Virtues and Valor Series, #1)

Temperance's Trial (Virtues and Valor Series, #1)

by Hallee Bridgeman

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BN ID: 2940046259391
Publisher: Olivia Kimbrell Press
Publication date: 10/08/2014
Series: Virtues and Valor Series , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 87,272
File size: 965 KB

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, you will 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 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.

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Temperance's Trial 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Temperance's Trial An exciting beginning to this WWII serial story from Hallee Bridgeman. This story introduces the 7 “Virtues” and follows Marie “Temperance” to France and her work sending/receiving vital coded messages. Excitement and adventure are in store for readers in Temperance's Trial. The story is a quick, easy read and the cliffhanger at the end leave you anxiously opening the next chapter. (I received a copy of this e-book from the author through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
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.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
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. I received this from The Book Club Network.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
61 pages. This was an interesting story but it has a cliffhanger ending. I would recommend but wish the story had an ending. This is the second book I have read by the author and it was also quite short.
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Hallee Bridgeman's series "Virtues and Valor". Its an 8 book series (long novella) and I read all of them in 3 days. I couldn't put them down. They are a group of unique women chosen for a special team during WWII. They are a Christian team with special skills. Each book in the series is about one of the team and their special skills. Each one will be putting their lives on the line. The books are page turners, will touch you emotions and even had me crying. I have dry eyes so its not easy to bring me to tears running down my cheek and sniffling. Highly recommend this series. No one asked me to leave this review and all opinions are my own. Highly recommend anything by Hallee Bridgeman. I've never been disappointed.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
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.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
Temperance’s Trial is part one of the seven novellas in the Virtue and Valor series. It follows the lives of seven women, trained by the British during World War II to act as spies in France for the Allies. This first story in the series begins by introducing Marie Gilbert, her brother, and her father. They try to save Jewish children in France from the Nazis. When Marie’s father realizes danger is eminent, he provides a way for Marie and her brother to escape the midnight raid by the SS and make it safely to England. There in England, Marie, along with six other women, become trained in their specialty fields to assist the French Resistance against the occupying Germans. Marie’s area of expertise is cryptology. After training, she is sent back to France as a spy. However, she is caught and tortured for information until a young German officer comes to her aid. This novella ends at this point, but will go on to tell the stories of the other six women in the rest of the series. I highly recommend this series. The stories certainly are action-packed thrillers. I’m looking forward to reading each new installment. I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Temperance’s Trial is a great introduction to the Virtues and Valor series. Each novella builds upon the one before it and by the end of the series, the reader will have a complete account of the seven women who are the focus of these stories. Marie, who goes by the code name of Temperance, is the primary character in this book. I liked her and felt very nervous for her as she worked to transmit coded messages from the heart of occupied France during WWII. There are many interesting characters in this story and I am wondering how things will all play out in the end. Filled with many tense moments, I found myself reluctant to set this book down. It will be fun to see how all of the stories intertwine. Be prepared that there is a cliff hanger at the end of this novella, so you will want to make sure and have the next novella ready to read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, through The Book Club Network, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Temperance’s Trial is the exciting first novella in Hallee Bridgeman’s Virtues and Valor serial. Marie Gilbert, Code Name Temperance, is one of a group of ladies known to each other only as The Virtues in World War II Europe. Each Virtue had a unique assignment that they were trained for in an effort to help the Allied Forces win the war. They were an experiment in the use of women from various countries to help in the fight against the Nazis. Each novella is about one of the Virtues, and while they might meet and encourage each other, they know nothing about each other. This series is based on a similar group of actual heroines from World War II. Marie’s father had been arrested by the Reich on suspicion of helping Jewish children escape imminent takeover of the Nazi regime. She and her brother escaped France and went to Great Britain to help the Allied Forces during Europe’s time of need. Temperance’s particular assignment was as a wireless radio operator, and she had to find places to hide – and places where she could transmit information via – the wireless radio. This radio was not a little hand-held like we imagine today – more along the size of a 1950’s or 1960’s radio. The average time allowed for encrypting and sending messages was 30 minutes to avoid being caught by the Germans. And – my curiosity led me to look up more about the radios used and the operators – the average life of a wireless radio operator without being captured was about a month. This assignment, as well as the assignments the other Virtues worked, could possibly be a suicide mission for the cause that they firmly believed in, to win the war and put an end to the Reich. Temperance is the primary character that we will meet; others include a man who is with the Third Reich who is interested in her and, to keep from blowing her cover, she went out with him. She also had a job as a “cover” for herself. The primary traits we learn about Temperance are those that make her who she is as a woman on assignment for the freedom of her French homeland. Those characteristics demonstrate very well who Temperance is as related to her Code Name. The author shows clearly how this young woman has what it to be willing to risk all for her faith, family and homeland. Hallee Bridgeman has a way with writing that brings the reader into the story – one can see what the main character sees, hear what they hear, and do what they do. Temperance’s Trial is rich with details that help one who has not lived in a war-torn land begin to understand. The plot is complex as war tends to be, especially for those who become part of the solution. I highly recommend Temperance’s Trial to young adults and adults of all ages who are interested in World War II fiction or well-written historical novellas with female heroes full of suspense and intrigue. As someone who recently began to appreciate World War II novels, I am looking forward to continuing with the series as time permits. With a grateful heart, 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.
4Gazpacho More than 1 year ago
To better understand what the book, Temperance's Trial is about, we must first become acquainted with the Virtue and Valor series. This is a series like a television mini-series, in which an entire tale is told in seven episodes. Every book in this series is inspired by real people and real events. The setting and time frame is World War II in Occupied France, and England. "Seven women from different backgrounds and social classes come together on the common ground of a shared faith. Each will earn a code name of a heavenly virtue. Each will risk discovery and persevere in the face of terrible odds."  Part 1: Temperance's Trial Part 2: Homeland's Hope Part 3: Charity's Code Part 4: A Parcel for Prudence Part 5: Grace's Ground War Part 6: Mission of Mercy Part 7: Flight of Faith About the book: One night Marie and Edward were awakened with pounding at the door of their home and they knew their moment had arrived. Brother and sister fled out the back window while their father distracted the forces at the front door. Eventually Marie and Edward Gilbert made it safely to England where they promptly joined the Royal forces to fight back. Even Marie joined a special unit for undercover work in the war. Her code name was Temperance. She and other women in her unit underwent rigorous training in their specific skill sets. She was trained in sending and receiving coded messages quickly. She was given the cover story, and even learned, to be the local town's seamstress.  Once ensconced in her role and war work in France, many months passed without incident. A Nazi Lieutenant began to pay her attention. Temperance wondered if he suspected her real occupation or was just attracted to her naturally. She needed to be careful. Because her transmissions could be triangulated, she needed to find a different place to transmit her messages each time. Then one day she was alerted by courier that her position had been compromised. She managed to send out a partial code to London before she was captured and arrested. In prison, she was interrogated, beaten, stripped and humiliated, doused with frigid water repeatedly, and suffered broken bones, without mentally breaking. She knew a large resistance operation was coming soon, and she would not betray them. The story ends with a cliffhanger. It continues in the next episode of the series.  My review: The author has written a suspenseful, action-packed story that I was able to read in just a couple of sittings. I enjoy reading historical fiction filled with details as a result of good research. This is that kind of book. I found it easy to imagine myself along side the main characters. I felt admiration, fear and concern for Marie as she faced constant danger weekly in France. Her personality is written well and I feel that readers of all ages will identify with her plight. The one element I found to be most compelling was the faith and support of the seven members of the special team--the Virtues. They trained together, prayed together, worshiped together, and offered each other emotional support. Once in France, Marie worked alone most of the time. She read her Bible often and prayed, leaning on God for her comfort. Her faith in Him played an important part of her character. As short as this episode is, I felt I had come to know this character, and could have called her a friend. I am looking forward to reading more novellas in this series.  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from The Book Club Network on behalf of the author and Olivia Kimbrell Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Temperance’s Trial, a Novella is another satisfying and great read from Hallee Bridgman. Inspired by a real woman and historical events, Hallee crafts an intriguing story that captivates and enlightens the reader regarding an important period in world history. Set in a dangerous historical time, the story of Temperance immediately resonates with the reader. A young woman puts her life on the line for freedom and the rights of others at a time that was perilous for those working against the Reich. A great introductory novella for this new series, Virtues and Valor. Additional background information enhances the reader’s experience. I highly recommend this novella and look forward to the rest of the series. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
pautoyoung More than 1 year ago
Temperance’s Trial is a fast action story of a fictional character,  Marie Gilbert (code name Temperance),  based on the real life woman, Eileen Nearne , who works as an undercover  radio operator in France during the Nazi occupation of that country during World War II.  The plot draws the reader into the story quickly and keeps the reader’s interest throughout (I couldn’t put it down until I finished reading the entire novella).  Temperance reflects her belief and dependence on God in her life throughout the story.  I have always loved historical fiction and to combine with Christian (maybe a hint of romance?) genre is a big plus for Hallee with me.  The end of the story left me hanging though.  I realized before I began reading the novella that the future of the main character would not be revealed until the end of the series, but I couldn’t help being disappointed when I came to the end.  We live in such a fast paced world that we want our questions answered right now.  Well, I will have to wait until the end of the series to find the answer to my questions.  For instance, is the young German lieutenant really a spy?  Will he and Temperance have a future together? Or, is the lieutenant just using Temperance for the information she can provide, and will she lose her life?  I can’t wait to read the following novellas in this series and discover the answer to my questions.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Temperance's Trial, A novella ( Christian Historical Suspense ) Virtues and Valor Book 1 By: Hallee Bridgeman Wow, what a novella, packed with action and suspense right from the start till the end, and then you want more. This is the first novella of seven in Virtue and Valor and I can't wait to read the next one. Hallee Bridgeman has did it again, when I started reading Temperance Trial I could not put it down. It started with action and kept me glued reading, and part of the time holding my breathe wondering what would happen next. Marie Gilbert is know as Temperance in this first novella of the Seven women in this series. Marie and her brother flee their home and France where her father, brother, and she was helping and hiding Jewish children. Temperance is trained as a wireless coded message radio operator to stay in touch with France during WW11. Marie gave up her life to help defeat the Nazis. Marie is scared and alone, but she puts her trust in God to help her through everyday. There is also a Nazi officer who is taking a liking to Marie and wants to be friends with her. What will Marie do ? Be sure and get your copy to find out more about the courageous woman Marie. I can't wait to read about these other 6 courageous women in Virtues and Valor series. I was given a copy of this book for my honest review, which i have given.
KathyOH More than 1 year ago
This is a great novella and you don’t want to miss it.  If you have ever wanted to see and feel what it was like to be behind enemy lines this series is for you.  Book 1 Temperances Trial takes an inside look at an ordinary young lady trained to go in occupied territory to help her country. This novella will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more.  I can’t wait for Part 2 in this awesome series.