Saturday, April 01, 2023



Bletchley Park, 1943 as the war rages on across Europe, Valerie Rousseau has a mission, to protect France from the Nazi regime.  Bombs dropping throughout Europe the war torn country is in shambles, but the resilience of the people is amazing.  Valerie is a spy, and she is a coder and her days are spent reading maps and with her new found friend, Fran Morgan.  Coding and decoding is their life day in and day out.  Valerie volunteers for a critical mission in Normandy.  It’s one that she may never survive, but it must be done.  She risks her life to ensure the survival of her country.  

Author Anna Stuart writes amazing historical fiction books.  The research that she pours into her stories, educates the reader and makes them feel as if they are being taught a lesson in history.  Yet at the same time she pulls you into the story and makes you feel like you are personally invested in the characters.  I loved this installment of The Bletchley Park Girls series.  The courage, sacrifice and heartbreaking storyline of the coders, made me love this book as I devoured it.  I was inspired and completely emotional for the characters, and many times reached for the Kleenex box.  This is a wonderful must read that I highly recommend.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Anna Stuart
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: March 29, 2023
Pages: 388 
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1943, Bletchley Park: In the dark of night, my heart is pumping with adrenalin as I wait for news of the secret agent operating under the code name Elodie. She has a dangerous part to play in the Normandy landings and so many lives are at stake. But I couldn’t bear to lose her… 

Inspired by the brave women of Bletchley Park, this is a totally gripping World War Two novel of friendship, heartbreak and hope. Perfect for fans of The Rose CodeThe Alice Network and The Nightingale.

Valerie Rousseau is burning with determination to help free her beloved France from the Nazi regime. Working at the mysterious Bletchley Park, she strikes up an unexpected bond with smart, fiercely loyal Fran Morgan as they spend long days together with their heads bent over maps of France in preparation for the Allied invasion.

Their friendship grows increasingly important as they distract themselves from the dark days of war with afternoons skating across the icy pond at the heart of Bletchley Park and evenings talking late into the night. But Valerie’s wartime role is shrouded in secrecy and there are things that she can’t even tell Fran.

When Valerie volunteers for a dangerous mission linked to the D-Day landings in Normandy, Fran is devastated. Valerie has knowingly put her life on the line and Fran is terrified that she will never see her again.

Soon, Fran hears about the bravery of the agent operating under the code name Elodie. She’s certain it’s Valerie and she knows the work she is doing in her little office, overlooking the green fields of England, could be the difference between life and death for this secret agent…


Anna Stuart lives in Derbyshire with her campervan-mad husband, two hungry teenagers and a slightly loopy dog. She was hooked on books from the moment she first opened one in her cot so is thrilled to now have several of her own to her name. Having studied English literature at Cambridge university, she took an enjoyable temporary trip into the ‘real world’ as a factory planner, before returning to her first love and becoming an author. History has also always fascinated her. Living in an old house with a stone fireplace, she often wonders who sat around it before her and is intrigued by how actively the past is woven into the present, something she likes to explore in her novels. Anna loves the way that writing lets her ‘try on’ so many different lives, but her favourite part of the job is undoubtedly hearing from readers.

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