Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon is an Exceptional Tale of Courage and Love

Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon is an Exceptional Tale of Courage and Love

Code Name Helene is the latest historical novel from Ariel Lawhon, the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia. Based on the thrilling real-life story of socialite spy Nancy Wake, the astonishing woman who killed a Nazi with her bare hands and went on to become one of the most decorated women in WWII, this brilliant page-turner will keep you up well after lights out.

February 29, 1944: I am about to jump out of an aeroplane for the first time … I don’t care that every man is looking at me as though I don’t belong. Besides, I’m hungover. And I think I might throw up …

In 1936 intrepid young Australian journalist Nancy Wake is living in Paris after witnessing firsthand the terror of Hitler’s rise in Europe, firing her resolve to fight against the Nazis. She has bluffed her way into a reporting job for Hearst newspaper and is fighting to cover the disturbing reports of violence coming out of Vienna and Berlin. When Nancy falls in love with handsome French industrialist Henri Fiocca, no sooner has she become Mrs Fiocca than the Germans invade France and Nancy takes yet another name, a codename – the first of many.

As the elusive Lucienne Carlier she smuggles people across borders and earns a new name ‘The White Mouse’ along with a five million franc bounty on her head, courtesy of the Gestapo. Forced to flee France, Nancy is trained by an elite espionage group under the codename Hélène. Finally, with mission in hand, she is airdropped back into France as the deadly Madame Andrée. But the closer to liberation France gets, the more exposed Nancy – and the people she loves – will become.

If I could write a grand historical novel, this would be it. This is an exceptional historical, rising to the top of a genre filled with great reads.

Told in interweaving timelines organized around the four code names Nancy used during the war, Code Name Hélène 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 name. It is a thrilling tale of danger, intrigue, unfaltering courage, remarkable sacrifice – and love. Polished prose, complex and compelling characters, and a love story that will sweep you away.

Code Name Helene is a marvellous read. I was fascinated by Nancy Wake’s story and utterly enthralled by Lawhon’s excellent retelling of it.

 

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          Publisher details

          Code Name Hélène
          Author
          Ariel Lawhon
          Publisher
          Simon and Schuster
          Genres
          Fiction, Historical Fiction
          Released
          31 March, 2020

          Synopsis

          February 29, 1944: I am about to jump out of an aeroplane for the first time …  I don't care that every man is looking at me as though I don’t belong. Besides, I'm hungover. And I think I might throw up ...In 1936 Nancy Wake is living in Paris after bluffing her way into a job as a foreign correspondent and witnessing firsthand the terror of Hitler’s rise in Europe, firing her determination to do anything she could to fight the Nazis. When Nancy falls unexpectedly in love with handsome French industrialist and playboy Henri Fiocca in Marseilles, no sooner has she agreed to become Mrs Fiocca than the Germans invade France and Nancy takes yet another name, a code name – the first of many.As Lucienne Carlier Nancy helps smuggle people across borders and creates such a successful escape network for Allied soldiers that the Nazis hunting down an elusive female operative dub her ‘The White Mouse’ and put a five million franc bounty on her head. Forced to escape France, Nancy is trained in espionage with an elite special forces group in London and gains a new codename, Hélène. Finally, with mission in hand, Nancy is airdropped back into France as the deadly Madame Andrée.Nancy goes on to become one of the most powerful and ruthlessly effective leaders in the French Resistance. But the closer to liberation France gets, the more exposed Nancy – and the people she loves – will become.Code Name Hélène is a gripping and heartbreakingly moving story of extraordinary courage, unfaltering resolve, remarkable sacrifice – and enduring love.
          Ariel Lawhon
          About the author

          Ariel Lawhon

          Ariel Lawhon is cofounder of the popular website SheReads.org. A novelist, blogger, and lifelong reader, she lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, four sons and black lab—who is, thankfully, a girl.

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